PADMAVATI:-THE UNFULFILLED DESIRE OF ALAUDDIN KHALIJI
Several films based on the legend PADMAVATI have been made in India. These include DEBAKI BOSE’S KAMONAR AGUN/FLAMES OF FLESH(1933),MAHARANI PADMINI(1964),CHITTOD KI RANI PADMINI KA JOHUR-TELEVISION SERIES(2009) AND PADMAVAT(2017).
There’s thing about HISTORY, we are never sure about what exactly happened because often the facts get mutated with ravages of time and travel. The JAUHAR of RANI PADMINI has given her a goddess like stature in the history of the state because it was among the first three major saks of chittorgarh.
If anything, even seemingly ,threatens or distort the roots ,sense of anger is inevitable. Such sentiments have led to the protest against PADAMAVATI by karni sena of rajasthan.
PADMAVAT BY MALIK MOHAMMAD JAYASI
RANI PADMINI OR PADMAVATI was a legendary 13 century queen, who has inspired numerous tales of love and honor since the first reference to her story was made by MALIK MOHAMMAD JAYASI in his Awadhi poem PADMAVAT.
It depicts how RATAN SEN(HUSBAND OF PADMAVATI) the ruler of chittor,married PADMAVATI who was daughter of Gandharv sen the king of singhal kingdom.
RATAN SEN who was already married to nagmati, witnessed a rivalry between PADMAVATI and nagmati. RAGHAV CHETAN (COURTIERS) who was banished for fraud ,reached the court of the Sultan of Delhi ALAUDDIN KHALIJI and described padmavati’s exceptional beauty.
Determined to obtain PADMAVATI,KHALJI laid siege on chittor, he then captured RATAN SEN by deceit after feigning a peace treaty. At padmavati’s behest RATAN SEN’S loyal feudatories GORA AND BADAL reached DELHI as PADMAVATI.BADAL escorted RATAN SINGH back to chittor while gora was killed in a fight.
In the meanwhile, RANI PADMAVATI was proposed by devpal (the king of kumbhalner).When RATAN SINGH returned, a fatal fight ensued between the two kings and they killed each other.
As this happened ,ALLUDDIN attacked CHITTOR.PADMAVATI and nagmati had no option but to perform JAUHAR(SELF IMMOLATION).
At the end of war, jayasi leaves the reader with a satire ,saying that the great sultan succeeds in converting only the fort made up of bricks and stones to islam.
PADMAVATI REMAINS A DREAM FOR ALAUDDIN KHILJI, THE MIGHTIEST KING OF CONTEMPPORARY.