Bhansali, Have You Shown Khilji’s Gay Bond with Kafur and Gora Ripping off His Bottoms?
Sanjay Leela Bhansali says that there is no distortion of history in movie Padmavati. What he says can only be believed if he shows Khilji’s gay relationship with Malik Kafur. If the movie shows an aged Gora Singh thundering and ripping off Khilji’s bottoms. If it shows a teenage Badal holding Khilji’s army with a handful of braves to allow Rawal Ratan Singh reach Chittor Fort safely. If Rani Padmavati’s character is shown as it is as depicted in history books. If all this is not shown, this movie is a blatant distortion of history.
Malik Kafur was a fearless beardless handsome eunuch. Khilji, who had proclaimed himself the Sultan of Delhi after killing his father-in-law and uncle Jalal-ud-Din Khilji, had a weakness for beardless boys. According to historical sources, he had several thousand beardless boys in his harem. He bought Kafur for 1000 dinars during his Gujarat expedition. Taking advantage of Khilji’s weakness, Kafur gave in and took complete advantage to rise to ranks of power. Chronicler Ziauddin Barani has mentioned about the gay affair between Alauddin Khilji and Malik Kafur in his book Tarikh-e Firuz Shahi.
80-year-old Gora and teenage Badal were chacha – bhatija who belonged to the Chauhan dynasty of Jalore! In the history of Rajasthan, their names have been written in golden letters. Pandit Narendra Mishra has given a wonderful tribute to Gora and Badal through a poem, reading which you will develop goosebumps.
During the reign of Khilji, Mewar was ruled by Rana Ratan Singh. Mewar’s defense was the formidable and well fortified Chittor Fort, built during the 7th century. This fort, spread across 700 acres the fort, had stood robust against the tides of time and attacks!
Rana Ratan Singh married Padmavati, the daughter of the Singhal (Manohargarh) king Samman Singhji Panwar, in a swayamvar ceremony after defeating Malkhan Singh, the king of a small neighboring state. Padmavati was so beautiful that her charisma was the talk of the continent, far and wide. Her wit surpassed the learned. Her courage knew no bounds.
Khilji heard a lot about Rani Padmavati’s beauty. He developed feelings of lust for the queen and desired to make her his mistress. In January 1303, he marched to Chittor Fort with a huge army. The strong defense in and around the fort dampened his spirits.
Rana Ratan Singh, identifying the strength of Khilji’s army, pondered on how to avoid a battle. Alauddin Khilji sent a messenger to the Chittor court that he would return to Delhi with his army if was allowed a glimpse of Rani Padmavati.
The witty Padmavati agreed on one condition that Khilji could look at her reflection only in a mirror. The sultan agreed. He came with his trusted generals. Seeing Padmavati’s reflection in the mirror, Khilji was dumbfounded. His desire to possess her only increased.
Keeping his words Khilji proceeded towards his camp. Ratan Singh escorted him, as a sign of courtesy, to the gate of the fort. Khilji deceitfully made Ratan Singh a prisoner and imprisoned him in his camp. He sent a message to the Chittor fort, demanding Rani Padmavati in exchange of the king.
The witty Padmavati devised a plan. She sent a messenger to Khilji, saying she would reach the camp in the morning with her maids in palanquins. The queen sent Gora and Badal, two leading generals along with several soldiers armed with weapons, to Khilji’s camp in the morning. Disguised as women, few sat in the palanquins while the rest took the role of bearers of 200 palanquins. On reaching the camp, Gora himself went to Ratan Singh’s tent and asked Badal to handle Khilji’s army and rescue the king. At Khilji’s tent Gora ripped Khilji’s bottoms. He was about to kill the Sultan, but he failed to strike him. Why? Because Khilji hid behind his concubine. Indian warriors never attack women. Killing Khilji would mean killing the woman too. Meanwhile, Khilji’s army reached the spot and a fierce fight ensued. Rana Ratan Singh was rescued amid bloodshed. Gora and Badal and almost all of the Rana’s army sacrificed their lives.
Khilji laid siege of Chittor Fort on all sides. All gates remained closed. This continued till August (started in January). The stored food items were all exhausted. On 26th August, 1303, Ratan Singh with his army, donning saffron turbans, made a suicide attack against the enemies. Their goal was to defend or die. In the battle that followed, they perished.
A huge pyre was lit within the fort following Rani Padmavati’s orders. Rani Padmavati and her companions, to save their honor, rather than being dishonored in the cruel enemy’s hands, jumped into the pyre, performing Jauhar. Around 74,500 Rajput women perished in the flames.
Khilji and his troops entered the fort only to be confronted with ashes of the bodies of the chivalrous Rajput women. Performing Jauhar, they perished but they remained immortal in History and folklores.
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