Who’s hiding behind Padmavati?
The violent assertion of Hindu masculinity is masked as concern for a woman
Written by Amrita Dutta | Published: November 25, 2017 12:12 am
The Kshatriyas have gone off the edge because the film might have shown Khilji fantasising about Padmavati.
Why exactly are the valorous men of Rajasthan furious? Going by the trailer of Padmavati — since that is all that Rajput honour will allow us to see — they don’t need to rush into battle with the rusting swords of Haldighati. All is well, surely, if Ranveer Singh can be transformed from sex god into a scruffy wild beast who snarls into his chicken tangri and sniffs a rose with a demented head-tilt. Here he is: The dangerous Muslim man paranoid Hindu parents have been warning their daughters about for 1,200 years, and — relief — he doesn’t look like Shah Rukh Khan.
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