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Sanjay Leela Bhansali Film Padmavathi Vandalism Unfair
- Pankaj Kumar Sinha, Special Correspondent           Let us know what you think about this feature article

Sanjay Leela Bhansali film 'Padmavathi' has seen unfair vandalism from few of Hindu outfits in our country. In our country, we have a freedom to speech for every individual but the recent incidents in our country has shown we are losing an environment of democracy for people. It is not only about films. The films are mode of entertainment and it is not necessary to go by hundred percent by historical facts for real stories. The film makers can interpret the film on real story with their creative blend. The films have to be made entertaining for the audience.

We need to thank the film maker Sanjay Leela Bhansali for bringing the story of Rani Padmavathi in celluloid. Not many from younger generation would know anything about her. I don't even remember studying about her in history books during school days. It is much easier for film maker to make simple commercial film than making a movie on historical characters in large canvas.

Sanjay Leela Bhansali and Ashutosh Gowariker have been two brave film makers, who have taken extra ordinary risks making such films. You have do great amount of research before the scripting of the film like this. In such films, the research has to go what kind of sets, costumes and dialect was spoken by characters. The music and choreography of the film can't be contemporary and has to give you feel of that time. Such films are made in large scale with bigger budgets. The government has to encourage our film makers but not to create an environment of vandalism.

Lot of historians feel that Rani Padmavathi never met emperor of Khiji dynasty Alauddin Khiji ever in life but Sanjay Leela Bhansali has created a dream sequence between them. If he has done that, what is wrong in that? It is a film not a biography book. The film maker has his own vision on his film and how can anyone curtail on his freedom on that. The films go through certification board and we should trust them.

The films are not made to hurt sentiments of people but to entertain. If we look in that way, then every movie in some way hurts certain section of people in our country. In our country, everyone has their own opinion and as a film maker, it is very difficult to keep every section of society happy. Even Raj Kumar Hirani films took potshots at certain sections of people in his films. Let the film release and audience take the call. The audience doesn't go to learn history from movies and the Hindu outfits needs to understand that.

Sanjay Leela Bhansali has wonderful track record of making brilliant films like 'Khamoshi - The Musical', 'Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam', 'Devdas', 'Black', 'Guzaarish', 'Ram Leela' and 'Bajirao Mastani'. He has worked with top actors like Amitabh Bachan, Salman Khan, Shahrukh Khan, Nana Patekar, Ajay Devgan, Hrithik Roshon, Ranbir Kapoor, Ranveer Singh, Madhuri Dixit, Manisha Koriala, Rani Mukherjee, Aishwariya Rai Bachan and Deepika Padukone.

Sanjay Leela Bhansali films shows his ability of being a versatile film maker. His films belongs completely to him than actors. He has the complete control of the screenplay and is captain of the ship. His films do not fall to the commercial traps of box office success. Even superstar like Salman Khan becomes a character in the film and gives his best acting performances of his career with him. We can easily put him in list of top ever film makers of our country with Bimal Roy, Guru Dutt, Raj Kapoor and Shyam Benegal. His film 'Padmavathi' should be welcomed with fanfare in theaters and let audience enjoy the beauty of the film. Rani Padmavathi will be immortalized for life with this film.


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