Deepika Padukone: Jauhar doesn’t make any sense now!
Deepika Padukone is garnering accolades from across the world for her brave portrayal of Rani Padmavati in the film PADMAAVAT. The film has not only been loved by friends, critics and fellow filmmakers even Deepika’s parents are beaming with joy and pride.
At the success interaction with Deepika, when she was asked what was her family’s reaction to her film, an over joyed Deepika said, “They were in Bangalore when they saw the film. After watching the film they did a video call to me and they were speechless. They were just seeing me as they just saw Rani Padmavati and also saw me. I could see it in their eyes how proud they were seeing me and there’s nothing more surreal to make your parents proud.”
Furthermore when asked Deepika Padukone if she sided with the fact that Padmavati, in the movie, sought approval of her husband before committing jauhar, or if she was at conflict with the idea, she candidly said, “As an actor you find meaning in what you are doing. There is a reference for this character in that sense. Now whether it is true or untrue, history not history that’s a separate conversation but the fact that it is based on a poem and one could sort of envision what she’d be like. You also have to look at these situations in context to when the film, when these situations were set. So if it was in the 12th or the 13th century. Today would I take permission or I hope to take permission to go out with my girlfriends? No. Most definitely not. But in the film, in that particular scene, in that given situation, most importantly in that particular moment, it feels like the right thing. It’s beyond the words that are being said. It’s almost poetic in a sense, if you look at jauhar in another way, for me it is her uniting with her husband who sacrificed his life or you know died trying to save and protect the honour of their clan. Now if I step away from it and if I just look at the act itself, it doesn’t make any sense to any of us. But if I put myself back into when I was shooting the film or as the character it feels like the absolutely right thing to do. Because for her it was war in a very different way. She was a warrior in a completely different way. She is not a warrior who went to the battlefield and killed people with a sword in her hand, but she won a different kind of battle. In her mind she still defeated Khilji. He went after that one thing, he still didn’t get that one thing. It was her choice. So yes, these sort of conversations, agreements, disagreements, views are very valid. I may not agree with them, I may agree with some but it is important to view a film for the time that it was set in or view it in totality.”
DEEPIKA PADUKONE IN PADMAAVAT