With the Supreme Court allowing the release of "padmaavat," the epic flick is now set to release on January 25,2018 across the world as planned. It was a roller coaster ride for the makers with most BJP ruled states banning the flick from releasing in their states. The film which is based on the events pertaining to the thirteenth century when Allaudin Khilji was ruling from Delhi. Its release was opposed by sections of the population, particularly in Rajasthan and Gujarat.

Fact is stranger than fiction

Ever since Sanjay Leela Bhansali decided to make a period film loosely based upon Padmavat which is an epic poem written in 1540 by Sufi poet Malik Muhammad Jayasi in the local dialect of Awadh, controversy has dodged the film.

First, it was opposed by the Karni Sena who even tried to obstruct the shooting of the film in Rajasthan. Bollywood is notorious for taking liberties and twisting historical facts under the pretext of cinematic compulsions. Queen Padmawati is revered in some parts of Rajasthan as a goddess who committed Sati rather than to give in to the lecherous designs of the Sultan of Delhi Allaudin Khilji. The very fact hurt Karni Sena that the main protagonist of the film was its highly revered Queen padmavati.

Political parties play games as usual

The political parties also started playing their petty political games.

The release was delayed by the government who was fearful that it could have a negative impact on the ruling party’s prospects in poll-bound Gujarat. Not to be left behind, firebrand Chief Minister of Bengal who never leaves an opportunity to cross swords with the center, announced that it would release the film in West Bengal while the film was banned in BJP ruled states in quick succession.

The sticking point was that the film would portray the cruel and fanatic Delhi Sultan, Allauddin Khilji in a less negative way. The role of Allauddin Khilji is being portrayed by well-established actor Ranbir Singh who had worked in an earlier history film based on Balaji Peshwa. Therefore the director must have surely ensured that the character played by the well known Bollywood actor is less dark and greyer.

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This is the biggest point of contention and has been brought to the fore by Karni Sena. There are rumors that the film also features a dream sequence with Ranbir a.k.a Alauddin Khilji and Deepika a.k.a Padmavati. The way Bollywood lets imagination run riot, this rumor can be true also although Leela Bhansali has denied that any such sequence exists.

It has become the habit of big names in Bollywood to produce films with controversial subjects. It is not hard to fathom that these producers are no missionaries and the purpose of making the film is to ear. In the last few years, a lot of films of this genre have been made and released.

'Bajirao Mastani' was also apposed

In the past, another period film "Bajirao Mastani" had courted controversy, and its release was opposed by certain sections of the population.

Bollywood in the past has been at loggerheads with the authorities. It all started with "Aandhi" starring Suchitra Sen and Sanjiv Kumar and was loosely based on the life of Indira Gandhi.

The film got stuck in the censor board and was released after a court battle. The publicity for the film proved crucial, and it became a mega-hit. Something similar happened when Sunny Deol's "Gadar" was released in which intercaste marriage was the sticking point.

Protesters set ablaze vehicles in Gujarat against the release

The release of "Padmaavat" has once again allowed the extreme fanatic elements in the society to whip up communal passions and further their agenda.