“To be tested is good. The challenged life may be the best therapy”Against all odds the movie Padmavat released on the 25th Jan, 2018. Ranbir, Deepika and Shahid were appreciated for reincarnating Khilji, Padmavati and Raja Rawal Ratan Singh through their performance. Padmavati as history has it, was a woman of wisdom and beauty; epitomized in the character of Deepika. Apart from the glamour and hype around the movie, there is quite a lot we could take.
The devil was once an angel. Life is the best teacher; each one of us would have been at a place in life where we haven’t received trust for trust, leading us to build walls around ourselves. The question we are forced to thus, ask ourselves is; who do we trust? The mind instantaneous replies, family and close allies. The movie beautifully shows the bond Raja Rawal Ratan Singh shared with his family and a selected few. Just as it takes the right amount of nutrients, water, air and patience to see a sapling grow into a tree likewise, it is important to realize that in order to build a close trusted circle we have to invest time towards nurturing the identified. Family is where we learn values and behavior. The dialogue “Rajput Apnai Usool Nahe Badaltay”was uttered from the very values instilled in Raja Ratan Singh by his family. The movie clearly depicts the outcome of Raja Ratan Singh’s effort. The family is his strongest support and loyalty to a point where not just the warriors but also the women of Chittor did not once hesitate committing Johar. We also see the other side, where Khilji annexed the thrown by taking his Sultan’s life. Allaudin gets a taste of his own medicine when his nephew attempts to play the same card with him. Khiji earned enemies from both within the family and outside.
When your intuition is roaring loud, follow it. Pretty much everyone has experienced a gut feeling; a reasoning hinting us to do something beyond out intellect. Steve Jobs called it, “more powerful than intellect.” In the movie we see Khilji expressed his will to meet Raja Ratan Singh, who accepted his request by placing three conditions. 1. He would visit alone 2. Come unarmed 3. And send back his troops to Delhi. Raja Ratan Singh underestimated Khilji and was of the opinion that he wouldn’t agree to the conditions. Padmavati saw what was coming and warned Raja Ratan Singh, only if he paid heed.
Keep your skills sharpened. We are going to be faced with situations where we could be caught off guard. Being unprepared only means walking into a hungry lion’s den and not expecting it to attack. A scene in the movie shows one of Chittor’s soldiers exclaim, that he had never seen weaponry of that nature being used in war before. Khilji’s army incessantly hurled fire balls towards the fort; and in no time had Chittor down on her knees. One way of getting ready about anything is by being certain that times will eventually lead you there.
Protect your treasures and never show your treasures to an unknown. “It hurts because it mattered”. The movie revolves around Padmavati being Ratan Singh’s choicest procession. Ratan Singh committed a grave mistake by revealing the face of Padmavati to Khiji. What was his procession now became Khilji’s obsession.
Sense the quiet before the storm. As the story unfolds we see how Khilji uses strategy and slowly moves from getting a glimpse of Padmavati to her becoming his obsession. In his attempt to fulfill this desires he spend 6 months outside the Chittor fort. We see him attempting to engage friendship with Raja Ratan Singh. Being a Rajput, Raja Ratan Singh offers the best hospitality. During his visit to Chittor, Khilji very carefully pays attention to the rules the Rajputs abide by. As animosity grows, we see him predict the Rajputs coming to the battle ground.
Confidence is good, not overconfidence. “Confidence is something you create in yourself by believing in who you are”. There exists a fine line between confidence and overconfidence. Confident is having faith in ones abilities, while overconfidence is an overestimation of those abilities. Khiji personifies overconfidence when he says. “Ab tak wo mitti hi nahi bani jo Allauddin ko dafan kar sake”. Confidence won Khiji honor, overconfidence made him lose Padmavati.
Passion is good. Keep it away from distractions. No matter how zealous; we are faced with distractions. Even quick distractions can derail you from the chosen track. Khiji was on a conquest towards writing history, it was his will to capture India and proclaim himself sultan. His want to possess every valuable thing there existed on the planet, got him pursing Padmavati. This distraction cost him heavily both monetarily and emotionally.
Values and principals are good, avoid being rigid. What use are principles if they influence judgment to a point of no regret. Rigidity defined Raja Ratan Singh he had the opportunity not once but on three separate occasions to change history as we know it. We see not only Padmavati but also Khiji question his principals, but rigidity ruled. “Standardization leads to rigidity, and rigidity causes things to break.”-Bill James
When you get the chance – strike. Three chances Raja Ratan Singh had to kill Alludin Khilji and prevent a war. “Kismat Wala Hai Tu…. Tera Dushman EK Rajput Hai… Ghayal Or Lachar Par War Nahe Kartay Hum”. “Hum Rajput Hai… Hum Kabhe Peth NDekha Ke Nahe Jatay”. “Itihaas Apne Pannay Badal Sakta Hai Pan Rajput Apnai Usool Nahe Badaltay”.