The movie is a typical formula film set in the historical mix of fact and fiction. It is all about a man chasing a woman. He is obsessed with her beauty and will do anything to get her. The movie can be seen from many dimensions including the one-sided romance, How many of us will put everything at our disposal to get that woman or man depending on our gender? It can be seen as another Laila Majnu, Shereen Farhad and Romeo Juliet story, but one-sided romance.
Alauddin is shown as a nut case in the movie and that is the prerogative of the producer, he has got to make money and he did not claim it to be factful either, it is not documentary but a piece of fiction and imagination of a writer.
Bhansali is just showing what happened once in our history. The practice of Sati was real but is not practiced anymore. There is severe opposition to it, please read the article by Swara Bhasker listed below
Bhansali did not claim this to be facts of history, he acknowledges right at the beginning that it is a fiction adopted from Malik Muhammad Jayasi’s novel. We have seen so many movies, and no matter who makes it, it will be always be tainted by the producer. I would have been upset and taken some action if he had claimed to be history or facts of history. He did not.
The struggle to present correct picture continues unabated, and no doubt it is frustrating. Restoring confidence and hope in the new generation of Muslims is still the need of the day. Each one of our kids is capable of doing anything they want if they set their minds to it.