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.
In the twilight years of her reign, the British Queen Victoria was devoted to her Indian assistant and Urdu teacher, Abdul Karim, much to the scandal of the royal court. Here is one fascinating anecdote about their controversial relationship.