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Sanjay Leela Bhansali is known for making two women dance in his movies to celebrate their love for a single man. Why couldn’t I expect two men doing a similar dance sequence for Deepika in Padmaavat?
Padmavati…Truth or Fiction…the debate rages on.
A big fan of historical stories, I was actually quite excited to learn of Padmavati being made by none other than Sanjay Leela Bhansali. A Bengali by birth I grew up on a liberal dose of Amar Chitra Kathas and of course, Rajkahini by Abanindranath Thakur. The story of Rajput queens always fascinated me. But that wasn’t why I was excited at this ripe age of 40.
You see, I didn’t expect this double standard from Bhansali. Going by his past movie plots I expected another version of the famous ‘Pinga’ dance. After all, isn’t that his signature style? Two women ecstatic about loving the same man. We see the same thing in Devdas also. What more can a wife or a lover want ?
So going by this logic, was it wrong for me to expect the same in Padmaavat? Rana Ratan Singh and Allaudin Khilji must have had a dance sequence. Each man elaborating on what qualities the other has, rejoicing about the fact that the other one loves Padmavati so much!
I was so sad to see that my dream wasn’t fulfilled.
Why God, Why ?
Was this dream too big?
If you think it is, then tell me why do we cheer men’s infidelity on screen? While the wife is shouldering every responsibility at home, the husband presents her with his new wife and she’s dancing in ecstasy! Don’t we realize how ludicrous this is ?
The movie Padmaavat today is opening up debates like ‘there is life after rape’…of course there is!
But where is the debate……’there is the option of walking away after infidelity?’
In our country movies play a pivotal role in shaping our society’s mindset, unfortunately. So the onus is on us to have movies which are not sending out the wrong signals. We are cheering for movies which are supporting the very things that so many people have fought for so long to eradicate.
Top images are stills from the movie, Padmaavat.