24 November, 2020

‘Jayasi Makes Alauddin Reflect On The ­Futility Of Desire, That’s Padmavat For Me ’

A little Jayasi Ramayan can be carved out of Padmavat, writer-scholar Purushottam Agrawal tells Outlook in an exclusive interview.

Photograph by Suresh Pandey
‘Jayasi Makes Alauddin Reflect On The ­Futility Of Desire, That’s Padmavat For Me ’

Who was Jayasi? Who was Padmini? And can the modern reader be guided, like Ratansen, across seas of forgetfulness? In a conversation with Sunil Menon, writer-scholar Purushottam Agrawal explains how his own Padmavat came about. Excerpts:


Interview by Sunil Menon (Managing Editor, Outlook Magazine) | Videography: Suresh Pandey | Video edited by Suraj Wadhwa

We are becoming a shallow, violent people, a people who have lost access to our own inner landscapes of beauty. Even when we go to them for source material, like with this film Padmavat, we translate it in our contemporary violent terms. Is that why you wrote this book?

 Yes, that’s the...



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