Kashmir’s last queen Kota Rani heads to the big screen

Reliance Entertainment and Phantom Films on Tuesday announced a film on the last Hindu queen of Kashmir, Kota Rani.

The wise regent during her reign made efforts to maintain the diversity of culture in the region and protected Kashmir against many central Asian invaders. She was a great administrator who ruled the valley in the 13th century.

Talking about the project, Madhu Mantena, who is co-producing the film, said, “It’s a matter of great surprise that as Indians we don’t know enough or at all about a personality like Kota Rani. It would be no exaggeration to compare her to Cleopatra and a lot of things that we are witnessing today are directly related to the story of Kota Rani.”

He added, “Her life was extremely dramatic and she is perhaps one of the ablest woman rulers that India produced. It would be a shame not to know about her.”

Who was Kota Rani?

Kota Rani had two sons. Rinchana’s son was under the charge of Shah Mir and Udayanadeva’s son was taught by Bhatta Bhikshana. Kota Rani became the ruler in her own right and appointed Bhatta Bhikshana as her prime minister.

Shah Mir pretended to be sick, and when Bhatta Bhikshana visited him, Shah Mir jumped out of his bed and killed him. He asked Kota Rani to marry him, but she declined. Shah Mir then attacked her and was forcing her to marry him.

Rather than marry him, according to the historian of that period Jonaraja, she committed suicide and offered her intestines to him as a wedding gift. It is not known what happened to her sons. Her legacy She was very intelligent and a great thinker. She saved the city of Srinagar from frequent floods by getting a canal constructed, named after her and called “Kute Kol”. This canal gets water from Jhelum River at the entry point of city and again merges with Jhelum river beyond the city limits.

Sibashish Sarkar, the Group CEO, Reliance Entertainment, confirmed that they will be making the film on Kota Rani on a grand scale. He said, “The primary aim is to make the remarkable story of Kota Rani reach as many people as possible. Her character has many shades but without a doubt, she is one one of tallest female characters to have come out of our country. Paradoxically very few of us know about her. We will be making this film on an ambitious scale.”


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