GOD SAVE THE QUEEN

India Today - - IMAGES 2017 -

Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s epic film Pad­ma­vati, about a leg­endary late me­dieval Ra­jput queen, star­ring Deepika Padukone in the ti­tle role, was sup­posed to be screened across the coun­try in De­cem­ber. Its re­lease has been post­poned af­ter protests dogged the film from the be­gin­ning of the year, re­sult­ing in sets be­ing van­dalised, Bhansali be­ing phys­i­cally at­tacked and a BJP politi­cian plac­ing a bounty on Padukone’s head. Much of the vi­o­lence was mo­ti­vated by an al­leged dream se­quence sug­gest­ing in­ti­macy be­tween Pad­mini and Delhi sul­tan Alaud­din Khilji. The protests were ab­surd be­cause they were based on ru­mours about a film no one had yet seen. And ab­surd be­cause the pro­test­ers were de­fend­ing the hon­our of a queen whose very ex­is­tence is in doubt.

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