Why Padmaavat Was Painted Red? #SuperBloggerChallenge2018 #Instacuppa


Padmaavat… One of the most talked movies recently. I haven’t seen the movie yet but the recent events and the hullabaloo have compelled me to do a post on it. Well, I am not here to talk either about the much talked fictional person, Padmavati or the movie which was painted red for every reason, big or small, before it’s release. This post is just my say, rant, view as you wish to call it on a few things I have heard and read about the movie and the director. My view on Padmaavat talks about something which came to the forefront and caught my attention.

There are two things which I want to talk about in the post, an open letter (maybe you know who I’m referring to here) and a movie scene both of which I can’t push behind in my mind.

The Open Letter by Swara Bhasker

First, I want to put forward my view on Swara Bhaskar’s open letter to Sanjay Leela Bhansali (again much conversed and trolled). Most of you must have read it if you haven’t I urge you to read it.

I have nothing to say on whatever Swara wrote in her article, that is her choice, her view on a movie. Yet, there is something in her article I just can’t stand.

The casual way in which Swara mentions the words ‘VAGINA ONLY’ has left me disturbed. How can she so casually relate a film and her experience to a vagina? Really! Is it that general a word? Maybe, for her, maybe for all of us. But, not for me.

I agree there might have been certain scenes in the movie which would have made her uneasy, which would have made her feel low as a woman, which would have struck had at her self-esteem as a woman, which came out as regressive. But, then I strongly oppose her for using the term vagina to describe one’s view on a MOVIE, that too on a fictional character (by now, we all know that Padmavati was a fictional character in a poem by Jayasi.)

However, let’s assume even if Padmavati was a real woman living in those times, but it is asinine to relate the people and times today to the practices and culture prevalent six hundred centuries ago. There are many things which happened in those times but aren’t happening today and there are many things which didn’t happen then but are happening today.

I want to ask Swara would the rape victims too use the word vagina as casually as you did, where in reality they are the ones who are actually made to feel and reduced to a VAGINA ONLY?

What makes me disagree with her is that she felt reduced to a vagina and nothing more on seeing a movie.

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Why the use of the word vagina? Just because it is a part of the woman’s body and the movie Padmaavat was about the valor of a Rajput woman? Why call her action regressive? It was her choice in the circumstances she was trapped in.

I am, however, reduced to a VAGINA ONLY each time a rape happens in our country and anywhere in the world.

Each time a rapist is left free I feel reduced to a vagina only!

Each time justice is delayed I feel reduced to a Vagina only!

Each time an infant is raped I feel reduced to a vagina only!

Because each time any of this happens somewhere some monster rises and feels he can rape another girl, he can commit the same crime others were held for, that females are only a way to satisfy his hungry lust. 

This is what boils me up and reduces me to a vagina only. Not any movie.

Relating vagina to just anything and everything today is out of my understanding. Reading Swara’s open letter don’t know why (I might be wrong, but then it’s what I felt) I felt she is comparing her experience of the movie and a rape victim’s agony.

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Why cringe at a movie scene now?

Second, I want to talk about a scene in the movie (I haven’t seen, of course) I read in a post by a fellow blogger.


“Like Swara, I too cringed on seeing the pregnant lady waddle into the Jauhar kund. Yes, Bhansali could have avoided that. Yes, CBFC should have probably asked for that scene to be cut instead of asking for Padukone’s waist to be covered.”

The above scene which the blogger talks about in her post made me think hard about it. You can read her post here.

Without even watching the movie I can vividly imagine the scene sans the grandeur. Why? Because I’m a woman, I’m a mother, and I’m pregnant.

I marvel at the pregnant lady’s character and her spirit to waddle into the Jauhar kund despite carrying a child in her womb. And why can’t she, why shouldn’t she, when she knows that she and her unborn child would be nothing else but sex slaves should they chose to live?

And, I’m really glad that Sanjay Leela Bhansali or CBFC didn’t edit the scene.

Why cringe now? When this is just a clip from many incidents which happen today too!

There are many pregnant women who end their and their unborn child’s life on being helpless at their situation or circumstances. There is only one difference in the pregnant lady in the movie and the pregnant ladies today, in the method to end one’s life.

The lady in the movie preferred to commit Jauhar for it was much easier and safer for her and her child than being eaten by the vultures standing at their door, waiting to rip them apart and tear them in pieces, not once, but again and again, and again.

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Why cringe at seeing the reality?

Despite being born and brought up in the modern era when I would prefer killing my child in the womb than bringing him/her to the world for the numerous Khiljis roaming around, I cannot but agree with the lady in the movie.

I have not seen the movie but I feel proud just on reading about this one lady and each every woman who chose Jauhar than living. I would definitely try my best to watch the movie just because of the climax. I want to feel the pain, the helplessness, and the fear of a traumatizing life ahead if any of the women chose to live.

Removing any such scenes from a movie won’t change the reality. Why don’t each of us cringe, feel uncomfortable, boil up on hearing about rape? Why an 8-month-old baby? Why of why? My heart tears apart on just thinking about it.

Though we are in the modern era, the only difference is that crimes like rape/sex slaves and devils like khilji have increased in number. Ways have changed, have become more gruesome, but the acts are the same.

In those times women committed Jauhar or even sati for that matter because they knew no other respectful way to end their lives. But, today also, many women end their lives with/without their babies, because their respect is already lost someway, does it really matter whether they commit Jauhar or any other way of suicide?

Why did we paint Padmaavat red, when every corner of our own journal is dipped in red every day, every minute?


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Author: rashi mital

A mother and a travel enthusiast, I love speed and am proud of my driving skills. In my free time I love reading, writing, and sometimes doing nothing. I try to live every moment and believe in living young despite the age.

24 Comments on “Why Padmaavat Was Painted Red? #SuperBloggerChallenge2018 #Instacuppa

  1. Well written dear…my question is, an ace director making a film about a historical character (even we all have doubts about the existence of Rani Padmavaati). What’s big deal in that? I have read articles what Karni Sena did with this movie release, how insanely they behaved. But after watching the movie the only word I could say is ‘WHY?’ I think they didn’t have any other thing to do.
    Talented actors, amazing cinematography, costumes – overall a good film to enjoy. And regarding Swara Bhaskar letter (I read that), I think it was a cheap publicity stunt. She felt low while seeing that Johaar part but she didn’t feel low while using the word ‘Vagina’!
    I can connect with your sentiment about Vagina!
    This is our India, where politicians and other famous personalities wasting their time for the sake of a movie while they have many things to do for the progress of the nation!

    Sorry for such long comment….:)

    1. I loved this long comment, Sayeri. Showed you really connected with the post. And you’re so right! It was just a movie, which was blown out of proportion without any reason. I just felt probably these Karni sena ppl were getting bored and so thought of bombing this situation. Who cares about people waise bhi.
      I haven’t seen the movie, but the say Swara’s article’s headline read, it did feel cheap and so like a stunt. I still can’t believe how can one feel reduced to a VAGINA on seeing a movie and not by the events which happen everyday in our county. Plus, don’t understand how we can do casually use terms like rape and vagina. Ask a rape victim about this? I can’t even begin to imagine their agony.
      Thanku so very much for agreeing here. Another voice adding to yours increases the confidence. 🙂

  2. I still don’t know what was the objection by the Karni Sena or whatever Sena. Everyone has right to dignity. What they did at that age was dignified for them – not much now though. But as women we have faced more challenges than anyone else!

    1. I agree, Tina. I was furious on what Karni Sena did. I strongly felt what all was done, was done for footage and media popularity. Woman have always been questioned, irrespective of the time, today or yesterday or 500 years ago.
      Glad you’re with me here. 🙂

  3. I love the way you have reasoned out the concerns by Swara. I saw the movie and felt entertained – nothing more. It is interesting how people saw so many aspects and layers in the film. Thank you for writing this post. Loved it!

    1. That’s what I say too, Mayura. I don’t understand why ppl can’t take a movie as a movie. Why do we dissect everything? Dissection always leaves the essence of something lost.
      Thanku so much for stopping by 🙂

  4. Kudos to you Rashi for writing such a brave post…. Yes, I feel reduced to a Vagina only when a rape happens anywhere in the world. Applaud! #AlexaTheIncredible #womenbloggerwb

    1. Thanks, Upasna 🙂 Whenever a fellow blogger and especially a woman understands another woman’s viewpoint, it fills in immense confident. Boasts you up to fight more for what is right. 🙂

  5. I so much agree to your thought here Rashi, in-fact it still give me goosebumps to think about the casual attitude we have when it comes to ‘Rape’. We have taken this outrageous word as part of our daily life. No one thinks that it’s worst than the murder. However, no one wish of think to talk openly about this topic – but take pride in trolling famous trends. Be it Priya Paraksh or Padmavat or Padman.

    1. You’re right, Dipika. And it pains me deeply. How casually we say the words rape n vagina is something i have come to despise. Plus, the fact that literally everything in our country can be used for promotions, footage, and money making. There is no place for emotions, no empathy with mishaps, and no value for human life. I fail to comprehend where is the human race heading with so much insanity.
      Thanks much for stopping by. 🙂

  6. Getting raped is possibly the worst assault on a woman’s dignity. In today’s world we feel unsafe to step out alone at night or even welcome an unknown person at home no matter how well-meaning he might seem.
    Victims need to be told and assured that one incident doesn’t take away their life from them. They have the right to survive, pursue their dreams and reclaim their dignity.

  7. What a brave post. I really hope that the conditons for the girls get better, its sad that we stay in such testing times.

  8. Perhaps the use of the word “Vagina” was a bit unfortunate but you know, Swara does have a point in her article. Looking at how regressive a country we have become over the last decade, it would not take too much time for some other set of loonies to ask for an annulment of the law banning Sati. And the worse part of it is everyday the number of crimes against women is increasing and in states like Haryana, khap panchayats make decisions on people’s personal lives. Yes, Swara could have put it in a more refined manner but her article was definitely hard hitting.

  9. I totally agree with you that we seriously need to see around and realize the harsh reality of despite being a developed and evolved civilization as compared to 15th century, not much has changed in the lives of woman world over!

  10. There is always two sides of the story. When it comes to woman issues, half of the world stands with them and the rest stands against it. But the issue remains there.

  11. Very strong words. I agree with you that words like vagina shouldn’t be used. I also agree that some Men are monsters and don’t give women the respect they deserve. As far as issue over the movies are concerned, I think people don’t have work and totally jobless to carry out such protests. Moreover they have political support to carry out such protests.


  12. I believe all the open letters and cringes were only a way to draw attention to the people to wrote it as well as their 15 seconds of fame.

    I havent seen it either. But cmon! Its a story! It is a movie..get over it already!


  13. Well you have exactly worded my own thoughts when I read Swara Bhaskar’s article. But after having seen the movie, I couldn’t help but relate with her thoughts. Even if we were to believe that Padmavati is just a chapter from the history retold (with imaginary characters) it really is not relevant in today’s times. A person of influence that Bhansali is, he could have chosen to address issues which are more relevant to today’s times. But then everyone knows that an episode fro mthe life of Nirbhaya just wouldn’t sell commercially.

  14. Hi Rashi! A very interesting choice of topic for the Week 1 of the #Superbloggerchallenge2018. I find the whole controversy around this movie irrelevant. Loved your rational points and I think the movie´s success speaks for itself. Looking forward to your next. 🙂

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