8 November New Delhi (India)-A BJP MP has said that women in filmmakers’ families change husbands every day, so they wouldn’t understand what it’s like to kill oneself to preserve one’s honour.
The MP, Chintamani Malviya, also made a veiled threat about beating with slippers filmmakers with “depraved mentalities” who annoy him.
Malviya’s comments were part of a Facebook rant against Hindi film director Sanjay Leela Bhansali, who’s directing what’s become a controversial film, ‘Padmavati’, on queen Padmini.
While some stories say Padmini set herself on fire to avoid being captured by a neighbouring Muslim ruler, Bhansali’s film reportedly depicts a romance between her and the ruler, Alauddin Khilji.
That’s what has annoyed the BJP MP and several Hindu groups. They say the film distorts history and disrespects Padmini.
“This country won’t tolerate insulting Queen Padmini. We can’t stand such distortion of our proud history,” wrote Malviya on Facebook.
Malviya further said that Bhansali is relying on distorted history written by Khilji’s court poets.
“This is not just wrong, it is condemnable,” wrote Malviya.
It is not known whether Padmini was a real person or a literary figure. (Khilji was real.) But Malviya and his ilk believe she was real and that she “sacrificed” herself – by self-immolation – after her husband was killed to preserve the country’s and her honour rather than be captured by a Muslim.
“For every Indian woman, Padmini is the ideal; Indians are proud of her. To preserve the dignity of the country and society, she along with thousands of other women threw themselves into a burning pyre,” wrote Malviya.
This “sacrifice” is what Malviya said women members of filmmakers’ families don’t understand, because “they change husbands everyday”.