(Released: Jan 24, 2018)
The film Padmavat is based on the life of Rani Padmavati, the legendary Hindu Rajput queen. Her reference comes in an Awadhi language epic poem called Padmavat, which was written by Sufi poet Malik Muhammad Jayasi in the year 1540. She was the wife of the king Rawal Ratan Singh who was the Rajput ruler of Mewar. In the year 1303, the Turko-Afghan ruler of the Delhi Sultanate called Alauddin Khilji laid siege to the Chittor Fort in Rajputana. As per the poem Khilji's invasion was motivated by his desire to capture Padmavati. But when the ruler reached the fort after a fierce fight between his and the Rajput King's army, the Queen Padmavati was seen committing jauhar or the self-immolation along with all the other women in the city to protect their honour and thus avoid being captured by Khilji.