Depiction of Maharaja Surajmal wrong and ill-informed: IFS officer Parveen Kaswan fact-checks Ashutosh Gowariker's 'Panipat'

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People in Rajasthan have protested against Panipat, directed by Ashutosh Gowariker, alleging distortion of history. They have claimed the film portrays Maharaja Surajmal in the wrong light. He is shown as a greedy ruler which he never was. As per the film, Maratha warrior Sadashiv Rao Bhau (a character played by Arjun Kapoor) asked Maharaja Surajmal for help to defeat the Afghans, but he demanded the Agra Fort in return. As his demand remained unfulfilled, he refused to help Sadashiv.

Now amidst all that, Indian Forest Service officer Parveen Kaswan fact-checked the film and mentioned that the depiction of Maharaja Surajmal in Panipat is wrong and ill-informed. His first tweet read as, "Not only wrong but also ill-informed depiction of Maharaja SurajMal in #Panipat movie. His few advices to Marathas: 1) Don't bring women & children with army. Will be costly & dangerous. 2) Attack in summer, more success 3) Dont fight straight with big army, go for raids first. 4) Don't loot forts at Delhi. It will unite muslim rulers with Abdali 5) Fact is Agra was already with Surajmal even before battle. Issue was of Delhi fort which if given to Surajmal he would supply food to army. 6) Fact is Surajmal used to speak in Brij bhasha not Haryanavi."

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He followed it up with a series of tweets:

Not just him, Tourism Minister Vishvendra Singh, who belongs to the erstwhile royal family of Bharatpur, tweeted: "I have woken up to an astonishing amount of tweets, Facebook posts and messages seeking my opinion on the portrayal of my ancestor and the founder of Bharatpur - Maharaja Surajalmal Ji - in the recently released Panipat movie."

In fact, Former Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje on Saturday tweeted displeasure over misrepresentation on facts. "The wrong picturisation of a king who was full of self-respect, honest and courteous is condemnable," she tweeted.

Panipat also stars Kriti Sanon and Sanjay Dutt. It released on December 6.

(Source: IANS/Twitter)

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