25th Jan is shaping out to be one hell of a date this year for us Indians!
Is it because it’s the eve of our Republic Day? (snort snort) Republic shepublic – Who cares!!! More important things have come up since we became a Republic!
Padmavati is all set to hit the screens on 25th. Finally! After all the noise and furore and protest shutdowns and a 10 crore bounty on the Director’s head as well as a threat to chop off the ears and nose of the main protagonist (Ouch), finally the movie seems to be making its way to a Theatre close to you!!!
Sanjay Leela Bhansali (the Director and Producer of the movie) couldn’t have asked for better publicity! Who needs expensive Teaser trailers or road shows or the obligatory appearance of the film cast at TV Reality shows in order to promote it? All the accompanying brouhaha has ensured full capacity screenings of the movie – for the 1st two weeks at least! Even the most cynical person – who normally prefers staying home and not having to pay for exorbitant tickets, popcorn, parking + GST – is now surely gearing up to go watch it – 1st day 1st show no less!! 🙂
For those of my readers coming in late, let me brief you – The Bollywood movie Padmavati, based on the epic poem of the same name (written by Mohammad Jayasi in 1540) narrates the story of Padmavati, a legendary Rajput Queen of unparalleled beauty, who preferred Jauhar or self-immolation to protect herself from a marauding ruthless Muslim king Alaudin Khilji. A tale of beauty, valor, lust and sacrifice – just the right ingredients for a Bollywood Blockbuster. The magnum opus however ran into a storm right from the early days of its shooting, with various independent regional groups opposing it vehemently for distorting historical facts and insulting their women – never mind that the main story is supposed to be an imagination of the poet and several different versions of it exist anyway!!
The original release date was postponed until the Censor Board passed it with a few recommendations – one of which was dropping the ‘I’ from the name. So the re-christened film is now scheduled to release on 25th Jan as Padmaavat, and that’s what all the excitement is about! 🙂
I’m not really sure how the change in spelling would affect anything, except that now ‘I‘ will not be going to the theatre at all – because ‘I‘ has been banned from doing so!! You get it guys??? Tee hee …… 🙂 🙂
Alright that’s pretty lame…… but I am still foggy as to the reasoning behind it. My imagination tells me that what the chaps over at the Censor Board are trying to do is to subtly suggest to everyone to drop their ego. You know- ‘I‘ being the main protagonist in one’s ego, you drop the ‘I‘ and phut goes your ego, and where there’s no ego there’s no controversy. Right? Yeah… profound but impressive eh!! And no – I have not been binge watching any spiritual videos lately. This little philosophical tidbit is all mine!! 🙂
Anyway, whatever the reasons – profound or otherwise – I have dec*ded to drop the * for the rest of th*is l*ne, as a show of sol*dar*ty w*th the CB. *t’s the least * can do as a respons*ble r*ght-th*nk*ng wr*ter!!
Whew!! That was tough. See how important I
am is? 🙂
So basically it looks like we’re in for a long and exciting weekend ahead. The already harassed Defense and Security personnel have their hands full – what with the Nation on a high security alert for Republic Day – we have to be alert for shady doings by the ‘foreign hands’ you know; and now the theatres and film-goers too on high alert for shady doings by internal hands – remember the protests and threats and the 10 crore bounty?
If you ask me – let’s postpone the Republic Day celebrations and all other stuff to some later date. Let’s just release this film about a 14th C (mythical?) woman first and be done with it – once and for all, so that the Nation can then focus on other pressing issues like protecting the innocence, dignity and lives of our present day little girls and women, for starters!!
However, the peace and sanity which may return once the curtain goes down on the film screening may just be temporary. Going by Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s track record it’s safe to predict that his very next film will kick up another controversy and the hapless citizen will get caught in the eye of a storm yet again.
Until then – Cheers! 🙂