There is garbage on the roads. But that is okay. People are breaking into fights at every other corner and that is okay too. There are potholes almost on every Indian road. Okay, again! Women are subject to domestic violence, almost half of the Indian population is illiterate, we don’t have enough clean water to drink. This is all okay.
Daughters of Mother India are being eve teased, molested, raped, but that is okay.
The real problem and the biggest issue we have, that needs to be discussed in the Parliament is a film, because that is not only protecting our culture and tradition but that’s also ‘important’.
A day after the makers of Padmaavat (originally titled Padmavati) announced the new name and release date of the film, this is what showed up on the front page of the Bombay Times:
This isn’t the fault of the makers, not at all. But of every single person encouraging a particular ‘cultural’ group offending the release of Padmaavat just because it doesn’t adhere to their ideas and beliefs.
With all due respect to the power and stature of Rani Padmini and to the epic, Padmavat written in 1540 by Sufi poet Malik Muhammad Jayasi, the Queen is after all, fictitious. Maybe she existed in the 14th century, maybe she didn’t. So to make this easy, let’s assume she did. Even then a filmmaker has all the right to make any sort of film he wants because it is a work of fiction. A film, in no way, represents a particular person. Of course, works of art draw inspiration from real life (in this case: another work of art) but at the end of the day, a film is a film, not real life. It may, again, have elements of life, but it’s not one and the same thing.
Moreover, in a country like India, so caught up in social, political and economic problems among many, where is the time to discuss the release of a film over everything else.
The concerns stated above are not the only concerns our country is dealing with right now! People are dying of hunger, poverty is not a long-lost problem, the concept of feminism is still unknown to many and so on and so forth. Even after all of this, we decide that a film is the most debatable topic of the year? That it is more important to decide whether or not Sanjay Leela Bhansali gets to show people his hard work? That Deepika Padukone’s head needs to be chopped off over a man’s who has just raped a 3-month-old baby girl?
And who do we blame for this? Just the concerned cultural group? Maybe not! Maybe all of us. Think about it, we all have a role to play!
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