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You are defending the wrong Padmavati

You are defending the wrong Padmavati

Padmavati this name which was the epitome of valor and Rajput pride. This same name has now turned into a controversy where no one knows what they are fighting for? Do they just want to stop the release of a movie, or is there any real cause behind this movement?

Padmavati was a Hindu Queen, a Rajput king’s wife. Ironically, she first came to light in the poetic imagination of a Muslim poet. She was fiction or real, that does not matter anymore, as we have seen a lot of Hindu culture and literature changed when Mughals took over. Without any historical claim, it is hard to say what was fact and which part was fiction; and now there is no way to find out the truth. One thing that I could be sure of, however, would be to treat a talking parrot singing praises of Padmavati beauty and guiding Ratan Singh the way to reach her; as merely a fiction. But as I said, now it does not matter which part of this story was real and which was not. The only thing that matters now is – what are we trying to defend by protesting Padmavati Movie.

I tried hard to not say anything about this controversy but being me, it is a task near to impossible. So, I jotted down a few points of my own, that I want to share with you all. Before I write them, I must tell you that I am not on any side, in fact, there are no sides here.

First, let me ask you, how many of you have talked about Padmavati before this movie was announced. How many of you have remembered her, or have told her stories to your kids? Do your kids know Padmavati? If they know her, what do they know about her – her beauty, her suicide, or there was something more to her that you have taught your kids about?

Those who are opposing a movie without watching it; what are your grounds for protest? I have heard few people say that “They should not have made a movie on a Hindu Queen, why don’t they make films on Muslim ladies?” Seriously, do you think that they are making these films to honor/dishonor anyone? It is a business? They are doing it to make money out of it? Which will generate more revenue, a Padmavati, or a plain love story? Also, free publicity, which you guys are giving them. A movie maker is not thinking of religion when it comes to making movies. He is doing a business; same way when you are running a business it does not bother you if your client is a Hindu or a Muslim.

If they are making a movie, they should not hurt anyone’s sentiments. This is true. No one should ever hurt other’s sentiments, through their movies, or their words, posts on social media or comments. But are we living in an ideal world? A movie who evokes sentiments in a large section of people will obviously generate more profit. In fact, more controversial a movie is; more people try to watch it.  

You are defending the wrong Padmavati
You are defending the wrong Padmavati

The story of Padmavati was about how she chose to burn herself in the fire over accepting the illicit proposal of a man. It will be a blot to her memory and dignity if any movie/story shows her with that man in any scenario (even in a dream). This kind of thing could hurt sentiments of people who have heard the story of Padmavati and have found solace in her sacrifice. But without watching this movie, how can anyone come to this conclusion, that this scene is there in the movie?

I totally agree that we should have a governing body who should stop a movie from releasing if that movie has some hidden agenda, and can hurt religious sentiments. In past, we have seen such movie coming into light who have put a particular Religion and its followers in question. We should have a government agency to identify such movies and scenes, and stop them from releasing until they fit the standards.

But wait? Don’t we already have that system in place. It’s called, censor board, right? And above that, you also have your legal system, courts, who have right to stop the release of a movie if it shows one community/person in the bad light and hurt someone’s sentiments.

What I doubt here is, who are these men, whose sentiments can get hurt through this movie? Rajput? Or, Politicians?

There was one Padmavati who died to save a Rajput’s king pride, and now a Padmavati is marked to be beheaded as she has hurt sentiments of a Rajput tribe.

Those who talk of Rajput’s pride here, do you know that Raja Ratan Singh was already married and still he attacked another kingdom so that he can marry king’s daughter Padmavati; all because he has heard from a singing parrot that Padmavati’s beauty was beyond explanation. What would you call it, Love or Lust? What would you say about the character of that person who marries one woman after another, because he finds that next one is more beautiful.

Polygamy was common among Kings of India at that time; it was common for kings to have more than one wife; then why are you questioning the character of Alauddin Khilji only?

Do you know that Khilji was married to Rajput’s Queens? We have already romanticized Jodha a Hindu Princess marrying Akbar the Mughal Emperor in a movie, even though we know that it was a forced marriage and there was no other option for Jodha.

What is illicit in this case is that Padmavati was a married woman. It was an illicit proposal of Khilji to a married woman. He was famous for his brutality and his lust and this kind of proposal proves his immoral thinking. What troubles me here the most is, if Khilji was already known for such kind of behavior; then why Ratan Singh agreed to show Padmavati’s face to him in a mirror? If a known rapist and characterless person come to you asking to show your wife’s face, would you oblige him? Would you oblige him if he threatens to kill you, or your family?

You are defending the wrong Padmavati

What would have Ratan Singh done; if instead of Padmavati, his Queen, Khilji had asked for a village girl or a maid of Padmavati? Would he had sacrificed that girl, to save his kingdom and life of thousands of people?

If Rani Padmavati, would have been just a wife, and not a Queen of people; what would she have done if she could have saved his husband’s life by giving herself to Khilji? What would you do, if you must choose between this proposal and life of your husband? What is life without honor? What is honor without life? What is honor without love? And, does this honor lies in your body? Where exactly does your honor lie?

Isn’t it the same mentality which force rape victims to rather stay quiet and attempt suicide than to speak out the culprit’s name?

These questions reflect our changing time, and how we value life now and then?

The most important question that I have here is, if suicide by Rani was worth Rajput’s pride?

Was it suicide? or forced suicide? We have all heard stories of how women were supposed to burn themselves in the fire when their husband died. Was she not another victim of ‘Sati Pratha’? she died after her husband, Ratan Singh, was killed by another neighboring Rajput Devpal Singh; ironically Devpal wanted Padmavati too. How degraded can a man be to kill another man so that he can sleep with his wife? Value of life is more than this.

She killed herself in the fire. She chose suicide. In her last moments, she didn’t have a sword in her hand. She was a Rajput Queen. She was supposed to be a warrior, a fighter. Was she? She chose to kill herself instead of fighting till her last breath. Thousands died with her, what if each of these thousand hands had a sword in them; they could have at least killed hundreds more.

If this was an example of bravery, I rather not teach my kids this lesson. If this is what you are defending, I rather not defend that. What I do defend is her right to her will. If she has willfully married Ratan Singh if she has willfully shown her face to Khilji, if she has willfully jumped in that fire to end her life. If not, what is left to defend here?

I would rather choose one Jhansi ki Rani over these thousand Padmavatis.

 

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‘Mona Lisa Smile’, but is she happy?

'Mona Lisa Smile', but is she happy?
‘Mona Lisa Smile’, but is she happy?

Watched ‘Mona Lisa Smile’ yesterday. It was the second time I watched this movie. Can’t remember when I did watched it first time, must have been long. Well, it was released in 2003, and clearly, not a masterpiece to remember after such a long time. But, it still is worth a second watch. More so because of its basic story line.

What amazed me this time was, that how much it still makes so much sense. This movie was based on the women’s independence and role in society around 1953. Did I say 1953?

Now it is 2016, and is much changed for women since 1953?

'Mona Lisa Smile', but is she happy?
‘Mona Lisa Smile’, but is she happy?

A lot has been changed since then, but not for all the women. Some of them, who are still dependent on their husbands and families, or are not educated/strong willed, enough, still suffer the fate of being a woman. This is not a crime to be a woman, but to be a weak woman, and let males of your family/society walk all over you? That is a crime, in my view.

There is a dialogue in the movie – Mona Lisa is smiling, but is she happy?

'Mona Lisa Smile', but is she happy?
‘Mona Lisa Smile’, but is she happy?

The protagonist in the movie, a teacher played by Julia Roberts, asks one of her student, who was leaving her slaw study so she can marry, “Why can’t you have both?

Why can’t someone have a career and a family too?

How many of you agree to this statement? How many of you have left their studies, or their job to take care of their kids, or to get married?

'Mona Lisa Smile', but is she happy?
‘Mona Lisa Smile’, but is she happy?

When a marriage discussion takes place between both sides of families, if the girl is working, first question that they ask is, so how will you manage your job and family? Are you going to quit? Are you going to relocate, in case girl works in different city? Nobody asks this from boy. Well, there job is far more important than a girl’s one, right? If you manage to keep your career on track, while getting married and fulfilling all your family responsibilities; wait till you get pregnant. Than question will be changed to, are you going to quit now? Are you going to give your kid to elders of the family to take care of as you will be busy in job? How are you going to manage a kid and a job? Nobody asks these questions to soon-to-be father.

'Mona Lisa Smile', but is she happy?

Why can’t you have both?

Because no matter what you do, you leave your job to take care of your kid, or you decide to carry on your job while having a baby; you will be judged. You will be judged mercilessly.

Irony is most of the time people who are judging you will be women. Yes, we women, are like that.

This is still 1954. It is not 2016. we still live in a society where a woman is expected to sacrifice her professional life or else, she will be reminded of how bad a mother she is. Oh! your child stays in day care whole day, while you go to office. How he/she will turn out? Poor child is not getting mother’s love. What about poor child’s fatherly love?

I think women are not supposed to have it all. Wait. This sounds so negative. Let me rephrase that.

Women are destined to have it all, as long as they don’t give a shit about what others think of her decision.

I am happy now. Smiling too. Not a fake Mona Lisa smile, but having a hearty laugh while writing this shitty 1954 article. Happy smiling ladies.

'Mona Lisa Smile', but is she happy?
‘Mona Lisa Smile’, but is she happy?

 

Looks like she is happy too. 🙂

Why Kiran & Aamir Khan are worried for their kids

Why Kiran & Aamir Khan are worried for their kids
Why Kiran & Aamir Khan are worried for their kids

Aamir Khan is trending. He is everywhere; Twitter, Facebook, News… everyone who has an opinion, is sharing their thoughts on Aamir Khan’s recent controversial comments against Intolerance.

Yes, Intolerance is also a very famous topic nowadays. Infact more famous than Aamir himself. Shahrukh and Aamir combined are not bigger than Intolerance. That’s a real bummer.

I do not wanted to write on this topic but it is so damn tempting, so, please God help me.

Focusing solely on Kiran and Aamir Khan’s dinner table conversation of leaving India and go to some other countries because of rising Intolerance and a growing fear for the well-being of their kids; I would say she is right in choosing this option, it’s just that her reasons are all wrong.

I can imagine them worrying for their kids and their want to give them a better and peaceful world to live in. Only problem in their statement is the elephant in the room – Intolerance.

Let me give you some scenarios on why they would discuss on leaving India in relation to concern for their kids safety.

Why Kiran & Aamir Khan are worried for their kids
Why Kiran & Aamir Khan are worried for their kids

What is a possibility is that a kid can get killed in a random road accident with driver fleeting the scene and no bystander coming to help that small kid or take him to hospital; until and unless some celebrity is involved.

What could happen is that a kid can get raped, regardless of being a girl or boy, or of whatever age. It doesn’t matter if he is 3-year-old or 30. it doesn’t matter where this take place, it could be his very own home, raped by a cousin or maid; or it could happen in his school by his teacher or school janitor/sweeper. Damn, it could happen in a moving bus.

A child could be molested by his school bus driver. He could be physically or sexually abused in his school bus. He could be pushed from his bus at his drop point, even when bus is still running.

A kid could be hurt in his day care center, where he could be given a drug to make him sleep whole time. His baby sitter could shake him so hard that his brain will stop functioning normally. He could be pushed by his care taker or just beaten up, because he was crying too much.

A child can be kidnapped easily, specially if he is a fair/gora sweet chubby beautiful one; just because they sell well. Yes, someone can kidnap and sell your kid.

A child could contract a serious disease because a wrong blood is transfused in his body. He could easily have asthma or bronchitis seeing the pollution level around. Surprisingly even a mosquito can kill the child. Dengu, you see.

Why Kiran & Aamir Khan are worried for their kids
Why Kiran & Aamir Khan are worried for their kids

Point being there are so many things to think about when you are concerned about your child, and these were just from the top of my mind. If we start making list, I can guarantee that this list will be longer than Dhoom 3.

Ironically, our kids are not safe anywhere, be it any country. There is no guarantee that your kid will be safe when you stay in some other country. This is the world we live in. Problem is we can not leave this World. It’s easier to blame our country.

Why Aamir and Kiran are confusing all these issues with Intolerance is unclear to me. But, considering this point also, let’s say an in-tolerated person or group try to attack that innocent family.

Now, as I would see it this is a crime and that would be considered a terror attack.

This will be a terrorist activity, no less than that.

And, terrorism has no Religion.

None.

Why worry then, Aamir? What is the worry when you know very clearly that there is no religion specific group after your child? I can not even imagine that anyone is in this whole wide world would have given even a thought to hurting your cute little child. 

Why Kiran & Aamir Khan are worried for their kids
Why Kiran & Aamir Khan are worried for their kids

There are worst things to worry for your child than rising intolerance in your country.

So, you (specially Kiran), sounded pretty silly when you just for the sake of talking about latest hot topic of Intolerance, created this mayhem with your points.

It shouldn’t have hurt that bad if these things wouldn’t have come out of the mouth of most sensible khan of the film industry.

Shockingly you seem to lose all your credibility by this one statement. I could give you a benefit of doubt because it was Kiran’s opinion and not yours. So, I will still try to picture you as the sensible one.

Just take this as a hint of what your nation’s mood is – it’s intolerant to silly comments.

Changeling

Changeling
Changeling

 

‘Changeling’ is a 2008 film directed by Clint Eastwood and written by J. Michael.

Before we talk about our film, let us first look into the word ‘Changeling’.

What does it mean?

ChangelingsChangeling is a word used to describe a fairy child/creäture who is left in place of a human child. Based on the folk-lore that fairies sometimes due to their personal needs, can steal a human baby, and in turn put their babies in the stolen baby place. These Changeling babies were thought to be suffering from unexplainable diseases or mental conditions.

In some cultures a black thread is tied to a newborn’s hand or a knife is placed under his bed; to steer away any evil.
Coming back to movie ‘Changeling’, this is way more than just swapping your child with a sick one. It is the worst fear of any mother.

Infact it is hard to imagine that it is based on a real life event. It happened, in real. That is far too shocking.

Changeling

Changeling stars Angelina Jolie in the lead role a single mother who is taking care of her 9-year-old boy, Walter Collins; who one day goes missing. Police search for the boy for several months when finally LAPD get hold of a boy, who says he is Walter Collins. To the horror of Jolie, this boy was not her son Walter, but an imposter(changeling). To avoid embarrassment in this huge media frenzy event of mother-son reunion, police pressure Jolie to take the boy home for 2-3 days and then decide, if it’s her son or not.

Changeling

She takes the boy home but could never go past the point that he is not his son; and somewhere out there his son is still missing his mother. She is now a frustrated and helpless other who just want police to not stop their search unit to look out for her boy. She wants the police to accept that her boy is still missing.

Changeling

But, it is more than just a statement for the police department to digest. It would be treated as police department failure in the media. So instead, they decide to pin it on the mom.

 

They said, Jolie want to relieve herself from taking care of her son that is why she is making such stories. When this does not work they admit her to a mental institute where it is common to see people who challenged police authority.

Changeling
With the help of a reverend Gustav she came out of the mental institute, only to find that one other detective has cracked the case and found a serial killer who killed almost 20 kids; Walter Collins among one of them. Walter’s imposter also confesses that it was actually police who told him to say that he was Walter.

Real Killer with Mrs. Collins
Real Killer with Mrs. Collins

It doesn’t end here. More haunting are the scenes between killer and Jolie. Their confrontation.

This story is so terrifying. Losing your child in itself is the worst thing that can happen to a parent but to fight with a corrupt police department, to stand in front of a serial killer to seek answers, to see another kidnapped boy return only to tell story about your lost kid, to feed child of someone else who kept on calling you mother.

Changeling
Changeling

Angelina Jolie looks perfect and has acted in undertone. There are some scenes where you want to see her scream or just show some rage but she is just dead from inside, maybe this is what Eastwood wanted to portray her as. Whatever, it has made her role more depth.

Changeling

Biggest hero is the director Clint Eastwood himself who has portrayed that whole past era so beautifully in this story, that you felt compelled to admire the beauty despite of this terrifying story line.

 

 

Brothers (Movie 2015)

Brothers
Brothers

So, here I am trying to write about the movie ‘Brothers’, but genuinely the feeling is – What is there to write about?

This movie has only two best features –

  1. Fight Sequences
  2. Akshay Kumar‘s fight sequences

Rest is so passable that you will have a hard time remembering it. By the way this movie is also an adaptation. It is inspired/adapted from Hollywood movie ‘Warrior’.

One more stunning item that I would like to mention – Kareena Kapoor. She looks terrific. Her expressions are unmatched. Only problem, song is so pathetic, that the moment it’s finished you will forget it.

 

So, instead of writing more bad things about it, I am sharing pic of two brothers (my twin sons).

Brothers - Renne and Otu Singh
Brothers – Renne and Otu Singh

Enjoy!!!