The week that was #MondayMusings

So,  did you see Padmaavat?  No?  Did you read the open letter written by Swara Bhaskar to the director?  No?  Do you watch news? No? That explains it.  The movie has been in the news since the shooting started,  piquing our interest and sustaining it for so many months.  That is rather unusual for any of the recent movies.  The unprecedented coverage given by the news channels to this movie which was all of course,  free of cost,  has definitely had the people flocking to the theaters in hordes.  Frankly,  there is not much in the movie.  It is just that the Queen Padmavati commits suicide because her husband has died and she does not want to be captured by the victors. 

I understand that this is a period film and they showed something in small print at the beginning that this is based on a fictitious poem.  But why did the queen give up?   As if there was no choice?  Queens are skilled warriors and this was highlighted in the beginning of the movie.  Yet,  the queen commits suicide.  One cannot even imagine the impact of such a movie on common viewers.  Cinema is a very powerful medium.  Anyone remembers the spurt in lovers committing suicide after the movie Ek Duje Ke Liye was released.  And I needn’t highlight all the stalking and eve-teasing based on movies,  stunts copied by youngsters which led to disclaimers put on movie screens that they are digitally enhanced.

Ok.  Maybe, the queen did commit suicide.  But if you see the movie,  the last 15 minutes (I felt it was so longer),  Deepika is shown walking towards her funeral pyre, in slow motion,  in all her regal splendor.  She is inspiring the rest of the women to also commit Jauhar.  Just before the Jauhar scene,  there are some brilliant scenes which show the women fighting the enemies,  by hurling hot coals on the enemies, disorienting them.

Wouldn’t the Queen have done something similar? And died after giving a tough fight?  But, just running to commit suicide when the men are still fighting the enemy is unacceptable.  When the movie ends, you leave the theater with just the memory of Deepika walking upto the funeral pyre.  Everything else in the movie is forgotten.  People walk out of the theater with grim expressions and in silence.

And I really do not want the girls and women to remember just that scene in the whole movie where they were so helpless without the men that they had to run to commit suicide.  Indeed very sad.

Did you watch the movie and liked it?  What did you think about the movie?

After the chaotic Weekend,  I write The Week that Was.. where I talk about random, unrelated things that happened during the week.

12 Comments Add yours

  1. Cecilia says:

    I didn’t see it, and well, maybe I never will.


  2. I haven’t seen the movie yet. But I have read the letter by Swara Bhasker. My take on this is, I agree that there was a time when women had no choice but to commit suicide considering invasion and things during those years. I would have liked the movie that actually portrayed women as warriors. I know the sacrifice done by these women is horrendous, but what we they were given swords in their hands and see the actual power of women, so much so that all kings worshiped Kali, before going for a war.


  3. Shalzmojo says:

    Oh I havent seen the movie nor am I intending too as I just dont like SLB’s over rated gimmicks of grand sets, vivid makeup and horrendous theatrics that have nothing to do with history or the story. I was aghast at Bajirao Mastani and this movie has just not sparked enough zest in me to go and watch it.
    Coming to your questions – yes committing suicide is being glorified via this story and I am sure SLB hasnt really got the essence of Jauhar and the need to perfomr it as per centuries ago! It does seem senseless in today’s context and needed to be handled with care – I am sure SLB only bothered with getting the costume right or the music or the drama but not the context.


    1. lataadmin says:

      Shalini didn’t watch his other movies for precisely the reasons you mention here. I just watched because of the hype.


  4. BellyBytes says:

    I haven’t seen the movie and don’t want to either. I hate Ranveer Singh, can’t stand Leela Bhansali’s long winded ode to his own creativity, find Deepika a bit too skinny ( jealous may be ?) and did read the review by Swara Bhaskar.
    I find these contentious movies too tiresome to watch …. thanks for reviewing it. Now it makes me even more happy that I am not seeing it!


    1. lataadmin says:

      But you must see it for Ranveer. He has stolen the show from all else. Maybe when it comes on TV. The others are predictable.


  5. I have not watched the movie yet. In case I get time to watch watch, may be I will head for it for three reasons…The grandeur style with which SLB captures his subject, intense acting by Ranbeer Singh and the mot important reason…how an actress has overshadowed the entire movie.
    I agree with you that the cinemas, being mass media have far reaching effect. But does that mean that the movies shouldn’t be made on sensitive topics?
    Instead of small prints, the movie should have started with the lead artists along with SLB highlighting, condemning the malpractice of Sati or Jauhar.
    A very thought provoking post Latha!


    1. lataadmin says:

      Hi Anagha, SLB has declared at the beginning that they do not support jauhar. Sensitive topics are shown in all movies be it rapes, murders which does not mean we are supporting it. But it is the way it is shown in the movie. It should have been shown as a sad event instead of glorifying it. As a leader Deepika shows the way but it really takes away her sacrifice. Pls do watch, it’s a good movie.


      1. Absolutely agree Larha. It must be shown in sad tones and not glorifying.


  6. Rajlakshmi says:

    I haven’t seen the movie yet… But I did read some of the articles and that was enough to put me off. I have read good reviews on the movie so I believe it must be very grand… I do agree on your last point. Movies leave a lasting impression… Media needs to be mindful of what they show on big screen.


  7. Amrita says:

    Can’t watch it .It’s too grim as you said .I strictly like happy endings.Loved what you wrote .Agree whole heartedly.


  8. I did not watch the movie but husband did and he told me the same thing about the movie that it was sad. All the grandeur turned pale in front of the ending in jauhar. Yet this was that era’s truth.


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