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Don’t mask ‘masala’ as history, says Mewar royal on ‘Padmavati’

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New Delhi, Nov 9 : The drama and debates over Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s “Padmavati” — the story of Rajput queen Padmini — has upset a direct descendant of the Mewar royal family.

Baijiraj Trivikrama Kumari Jamwal, daughter of Mahendra Singh Mewar — the 76th Maharana of the Mewar dynasty and a former Lok Sabha member — is otherwise quietly going about her life as an English teacher at a school here.

But amidst heightened protests against “Padmavati”, which she has tagged an “inauthentic venture”, Trivikrama says it’s unfair that her family’s name is being dragged into generating “free publicity” for the film.

“The sad part is that the film is getting free pre-release publicity, and that a commercial and inauthentic venture like this is using my family’s name.

“It’s not just a question of incorrect portrayal, which is established from the trailer and the ‘Ghoomar’ song itself, but also the fact that you’re using my family’s name for the commercial pre-release publicity of your film, free of cost… And the national media is talking about it. That’s my problem,” Trivikrama told IANS in an interview here.

Bhansali’s “Padmavati” has been mired in controversy. The conjecture that it distorts history has led organisations like Shri Rajput Karni Sena and Sarv Brahmin Mahasabha to go up in arms against the release of the movie, while BJP leaders have been making statements and appeals to stop its release on December 1.

“That’s why I am so upset. People have political and commercial agendas. There’s nothing wrong with commercial enterprises and politics, but misusing and exploiting somebody’s pride, honour and dignity for such shallow purposes, that is where I step in and say, ‘Sorry, not acceptable’,” Trivikrama said.

The makers have maintained there is no dream romance sequence shown between the Rajput queen and invader Alauddin Khilji, as had been alleged by some. But a few political leaders and Jaipur’s former princess Diya Kumari have suggested Bhansali must show the movie to some historians prior to its release.

Trivikrama questions: “It depends who the historians are because history is also coloured. It has to be a well-represented congress of historians. He (Bhansali) should approach the most authentic voice, which is the family itself. That he hasn’t done.”

Her mother, Maharani Nirupama Kumari commented: “He has already made the film. What’s the point of showing it to historians now?”

To many, the story of Rani Padmini remains a mystery. What is the story Trivikrama has grown up with?

“If you go as a tourist to Chittorgarh Fort, you’re taken to Padmini’s Palace, and you’re shown a couple of mirrors. The tourist guide tells you about it and he points out a little pond and says she stood over there and Alauddin Khilji saw her face.

“But that is just packaging culture to sell to ignorant tourists,” she said.

Trivikrama said Rani Padmini finds a mention in “Veer Vinod”, a record book on Mewar’s history.

“It’s a historical record that shows yes she was there, she was the wife of Rawal Ratan Singh and she was only an excuse that Alauddin Khilji used to invade Chittor. The real reason was a very calculated military decision to invade,” she said.

“Padmini was not in the picture at all, except now what has been made into a tale, which is a figment of imagination, I believe. It’s not there in history,” she said, pointing out that their family is one of the oldest families with an unbroken succession.

She estimated that there were over 30 generations between now and the first Jauhar — self-immolation led by Rani Padmini in 1303 during the seige of Chittor.

What about the epic Awadhi poem “Padmavat”?

“Apparently, it’s a self-confessed piece of fiction. I’m ready to accept that you (Bhansali) have made a piece of fiction. But then don’t drag my family’s name into it and claim you’re the custodian of my family’s history,” asserted Trivikrama, a PhD in English literature.

She said filmmakers are doing a lot in the garb of artistic license.

“Sure you have that, but then along with artistic license, there should be artistic integrity and sensitivity,” she said, pointing out how the representation of Rani Padmini is “wrong” even in terms of dance and clothes.

“Instead of making it clear that it is Bollywood masala, you’re saying it is history and misleading and ‘miseducating’ the future generations.”

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Case filed against Salman Khan, ‘Love Yatri’ team in Bihar

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Patna, Sep 22: A case has been lodged against Bollywood actor-producer Salman Khan and others associated with his upcoming home production “Love Yatri”, which was earlier titled “Loveratri”, in Bihar’s Muzaffarpur district following the order of the local court, police said on Saturday.

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The film was earlier titled ‘LoveRatri’

“An FIR was lodged on Friday against Salman Khan and six others including Aayush Sharma, Warina Hussain, director Abhiraj K. Minawala, Ram Kapoor and Ronit Roy in Mithanpura police station following the order of the court,” police station officer-in-charge Vijay Prasad Rai told IANS.

Rai said that the case was lodged against Salman and others in pursuance of an order passed by the court of Sub Divisional Judicial Magistrate last week.

The court has passed the order on the complaint of an advocate Sudhir Kumar Ojha.

In the complaint, Ojha has claimed that the title of the movie made fun of the holy festival of Navaratri. He also alleged that the promos of the movie suggested that it contained vulgarity and could hurt the sentiments of Hindus.

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Still from ‘LoveYatri’

“I am happy that a case has been lodged against Salman and others for playing with a popular festival and sentiments of people,” Ojha said.

Earlier this week, Salman had announced on Twitter that the movie’s title has been changed from “Loveratri” to “Love Yatri”. The film is slated to open on October 5.

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Neil Nitin Mukesh, wife Rukmini name their baby girl `Nurvi`

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Mumbai, Sep 22: Bollywood actor Neil Nitin Mukesh on Saturday took to Twitter to reveal the name of his daughter, a day after she was born.

Taking to his Instagram account, Neil wrote that he and his wife Rukmini are proud to announce the arrival of their “darling daughter, Nurvi”. The entire Mukesh family is elated,”.

“Both mother and daughter are well by the grace of God,” he added.

Rukmini delivered the baby at the Breach Candy Hospital here on September 21.

In April, Neil had announced via Instagram that they were going to become parents soon and that they were “very excited” for the next phase in their life.

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Neil married Mumbai-based Rukmini in February 2017. It was an arranged marriage and they had a courtship of one month.

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The actor, who is the grandson of legendary singer Mukesh and son of veteran singer Nitin Mukesh, is known for films like “Johnny Gaddaar”, “New York”, “David” and “7 Khoon Maaf”.

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Celebs dazzle at Isha Ambani’s engagement bash in Italy, See Pics

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New Delhi, Sep 22: Many stars on Friday attended Reliance Industries Chairman and Managing Director Mukesh Ambani’s daughter Isha Ambani’s engagement bash in Italy.

The Ambani family is hosting a three-day extravaganza to celebrate the engagement of Isha with Anand Piramal in picturesque Lake Como, in northern Italy on the lap of Alps.

The three-day Isha and Anand engagement ceremony began from Friday.

The list of guests included Priyanka Chopra and fiance Nick Jonas, along with Anil Kapoor, Manish Malhotra, Janhvi Kapoor, Sonam Kapoor with hubby Anand Ahuja among others.

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Other celebrities who are expected to attend the grand celebration are Shah Rukh Khan, Aamir Khan, Karan Johar, Alia Bhatt and many more.

Social media is abuzz with the pictures of the newly engaged couple, Priyanka and Nick. The two looked stunning in traditional Manish Malhotra attire.

Anil Kapoor looked dapper as he attended the Ambani bash. He took to social media to share a picture from the event.

Isha and Anand are reportedly set to tie the knot in December this year.

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Anand, son of Swati and Ajay Piramal, is the founder of Piramal Realty, one of India’s most admired real estate companies. Earlier this year, he proposed to his long-time friend Isha at a temple in Mahabaleshwar.

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