Time and again, history has been an origin of creativity for directors who combine facts with spectacular visuals and bring to life a stunning portrait of the past occurrence.
And this January 25, 2018, one shall get to see another fascinating chapter of history unfold on the silver screen as nonconformist director Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s magnum opus – Padmaavat will finally hit the Bollywood screens.
Starring the likes of Deepika Padukone as Rani Padmavati, Shahid Kapoor as Maharawal Ratan Singh, and Ranveer Singh as Sultan Alauddin Khilji, SLB’s Padmaavat will trace the bold and fascinating life of the legendary Queen of Chittor, who was known for her valor and beauty.
But before you head to the theaters to watch her story come alive, here take a glance at some lesser known facts about the warrior queen who has always intrigued history buffs…
1) Padmavati was a legendary 13th-14th century Indian Queen, who was otherwise called Padmini.
2) While there are many references to Rani Padmavati, she was first mentioned in an epic poem in Awadhi – Padmavat, which was written by Muhammad Malik Jayasi in 1540. Before Padmavat, there have been no specify about Rani Padmavati in the Rajput history or even the Islamic ruler history of India. Hence many believe she was a figment of the poet’s imagination. However, the Rajput community reveres her as a deity and a bold queen who immolated herself to protect her honor.
3) There are Rajasthani folklore songs that talk about Rani Padmavati’s valour and beauty, which are gotten from the sixteenth Century ‘Gora Badal Padmini Chaupai’, a Rajput adaption of the Padmavat.
4) The courageous Padmini who was a skilled warrior was from Singhal kingdom, which today is known as Sri Lanka.
5) She had a talking parrot called Hiramani who was her close confidant. In fact, according to Padmavat, it was Hiramani, who sang praises of her beauty to King Ratan Singh of Chittor. The parrot praised his Padmini so much that the King got determined to marry Padmavati.
6) However, the it was not easy to win over the resplendent Padmavati. The princess had set out a condition for anyone who wished to marry her. They needed to crush an assigned warrior in a sword battle so as to win her turn in marriage. Ratan Singh consented to the condition. He battled with the sword warrior and won. Strikingly, it was the overcome princess Padmini, who was in camouflage as the warrior.
7) When Ratan Sen banished his Raj Purohit Raghav Chetan for fraud. To seek revenge Raghav Chetan went to the court of ruler Alauddin Khilji of Delhi Sultanate and informed him about Rani Padmavati’s exceptional beauty. The Sultan was enamored by the descriptions of Padmavati’s beauty and wanted to see it for himself.
8) Alauddin Khilji sent a word to Maharawal Ratan Singh that he wish to see the Queen and witness her beauty for real. Alauddin was known to be one of the most powerful rulers and sensing the danger his kingdom would be under if he rejects the proposal, Ratan Singh agreed.In any case, the conquer Queen Padmini declined to meet Khilji up close and personal and suggested he can see her appearance. Reluctantly Khilji agreed and strategies were then made with the end goal that he could simply watch her appearance. In the wake of watching her appearance, Khilji got completely focused on Rani Padmini and started to look all starry peered toward at her.
9) He even attacked the kingdom of Chittorgarh and captured Ratan Singh. He sent a message to Padmini that the king would be released if she agrees to go along with him.
10) But Rani Padmini again displayed extreme courage and instead sent out 700 troops to rescue her husband. The troops were successful in rescuing the king.
11) However, Ratan Singh lost his life in a battle that soon ensued and Alauddin Khilji ordered his forces to invade Chittor and capture Padmini and other women of Chittor.In any case, the overcome Rani Padmini again showed extraordinary valor and made a strong move to immolate herself alongside Ratan Singh’s first spouse and wives of armed force men than forfeit her respect. So while Khilji sent his armed force of men to catch them, Rani Padmini alongside the other ladies intensely strolled down the mystery entry connected from Chittor fortress into the Jauhar Kund. Legend has it that Rani Padmini was the first to bounce into the Jauhar Kund.
Rani Padmini may have sacrificed her life but stories of her grit and determination have immortalized her. And we can’t wait to watch her brave story come to life in Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Padmavati.
Meanwhile, watch the spectacular trailer of the film here: