There are two battles being fought in Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Padmavat. One is the grim reality of war fought from Khilji’s side without honour. The other: fought by the women, fought with honour, to have a final say on their bodies.
The movie is more than a cinematic statement on press freedom and responsibility. Its moments of inner and outer empowerment make it a must-watch for women viewers in India, many of whom would relate to Katharine’s journey forty years ago.