Deepika Is Potryaing Rani Padmavati, But Do You Know Who She Was?

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Yesterday, Bhansali’s magnum opus Padmavati’s trailer was out and every twitterati and instagramer have just got crazy over it. Everyone simply loved their looks and trailer seems very promising. The trailer of Padmavati, starring Deepika Padukone, Shahid Kapoor and Ranveer Singh, was out yesterday at 13.03 hrs. The significance of the unique time that the makers chose to unveil the trailer was that Turkic emperor Alauddin Khilji’s siege of Chittorgarh was in 1303.

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Padukone has set hearts on fire of her fans from the first-look of the poster of Padmavati a few days ago. Her unibrow in Padmavati became a major talking point on social media.

But before watching film or just imagining what will be the story line, you need to read about the legendary Rani Padmini aka Padmavati. To know more read further.

So who was Rani Padmavati? 

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Padmini, also known as Padmavati, was a legendary 13th-14th century Indian queen. The earliest source to mention her is Padmavat, an epic poem written by Malik Muhammad Jayasi in 1540 CE.

Jayasi’s work is a fictional retelling of the siege of Chittorgrah that Turkic emperor Alauddin Khilji indeed undertook in 1303.

The fantasy , describes her story as Rani Padmavati. She was an exceptionally beautiful princess of the Singhal kingdom of Sri Lanka. Ratan Sen , the Rajput ruler of Chittor , heard about her mesmerizing beauty from a talking parrot named Hiraman. After an adventurous
quest , he married her and brought her to Chittor.

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Alauddin Khalji , the Sultan of Delhi also heard about her beauty, and attacked Chittor to obtain her. Meanwhile, Ratan Sen was killed in a combat with Devpal, the king of Kumbhalner who was also enamoured with Padmavati’s beauty. Before Alauddin Khalji could capture Chittor, Padmavati and her companions committed Jauhar which is self-immolation to protect their honour.

If we consider Rani Padmini and Raja Ratan Singh existed in the foremost place, is hugely debatable. As The Imperial Gazetter of India of 1909 states, “In the final verses of his work, the poet explains that it is all an allegory. By Chittor he means the body of man; by Ratan Singh, the soul; by the parrot, the guru or spiritual protector; by Padmavati, wisdom; by Alauddin, delusion, and so on.”

Published by Kanika Saini on 10 Oct 2017

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