Dear Karni Sena,
Namaskaar.I have something to tell you. I sat riveted to Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Padmaavat and while my entire awareness was subsumed in the splendour, a part of my subconscious also doubted the ruthless attack that SLB needed to suffer in the hands of your organization which apparently espouses the Rajput neighborhood’s interests. Dear Karni Sena, I am not a Rajput. I am an Indian.
And a Hindu. And an accountable resident of India. I pay all my taxes and have actually never ever broken the law even in passing while you, sirs, have actually repeatedly thumbed your apparently lofty noses at the law of the land by assaulting a movie which had actually been cleared by the highest authorities of the Government of India. Even when the Supreme Court offered it a go-ahead you continued your attacks on the film, its director and leading woman with unconstitutional impunity.Well, sirs, having actually seen the movie I desire to inform you, you were method off the mark.
You were lying to the general public by accusing Padmaavat of being anti-Rajput. Far from it, the film is a remarkable event of the Rajput neighborhood’s bravery and intense dedication to the sovereignty of the nation. Suggesting that Padmaavat was anti-national and an insult to the Rajput community is akin to calling the song Ae mere watan ke logon anti-patriotic. You were in fact alleging the exact reverse of what Padmaavat has actually done. It salutes the bravery of a neighborhood. You stated it insulted the community. You were lying.Now tell us, Dear Karni Sena, who will pay for all the damage, physical and psychological, that you caused the film and its director? How will you make amends for your rude efforts to jump into the jauhar fire with a whooping delight that kids reveal when they dive into the swimming pool.You swam into the deep end and waded into totally unfounded entirely conjectural ethical policing on behalf of a community that totally disowns you.I sat with Rajput good friends to enjoy Padmaavat. They all had tears in their eyes as they viewed Shahid Kapoor and Deepika Padukone eradicate the boorish foreign intruder with every drop of their blood. Their incredible sacrifice to make our nation what it us has not gone unrewarded. Sanjay Leela Bhansali has actually made certain of that.We all stood and praised at the end of the movie. Never have we felt more happy to be Indian, more happy to be enjoying a film that commemorates the valour of the warrior class with such glorious authority.Dear Karni Sena, I have a question for you. What were you thinking while attacking this magical
mystical ode to the spirit of gallantry? Or were you not believing at all? Now that the fact is out in the public domain, exactly what will you oppose versus? Maybe you can now oppose versus Padmaavat’s failure to offer you any genuine factor to protest.All the best for your future tirades. (Subhash K Jha is a movie critic and motion picture professional)(Disclaimer: The opinions revealed above are the individual views of the author and do not show the views of ZMCL.)