She refused to be addressed as Razia Sultana because it meant wife or mistress of a sultan. She would answer only if addressed as Razia Sultan. Now that was the power of this great ruler.
However, the show titled Razia Sultan on &TV is no way remotely close to this one as it looks more candy floss than powerful.
This epic story, is a part of the Indian ethos and most of us remember this tale thanks to Kamal Amrohi, who wrote and directed Razia Sultan as a film way back in the year 1983.
The film that starred Hema Malini, Parveen Babi and Dharmendra, took years to complete and was a Box Office disaster.
Anyways, coming back to the televisions show, the sets designed by Omung Kumar are elaborate and huge. The show is well packaged, but falls flat when it comes to the casting of it’s main lead and that’s Pankhuri Awasthy, who essays the role of Razia Sultan.
Pankhuri is too dainty and does not have the towering personality that was required to portray such a powerful empress.
The other cast that includes, Bhavna Chauhan as Sazia, Rohit Purohit as Altunia, Sooraj Thapar as Emperor Iltutmish, Seema Kapoor as Shamshad Begum, Ankit Arora as Ruknuddin and last but not the least Shaunak Puri as Samar suite their parts.
Sambhavna Seth as Shah Turkan adds the much needed spice to the show.
However, the star of Razia Sultan is Shah Rukh Khan, who lends his voice to the show. His introduction of Delhi from the current perspective and that of the 13th century is something that can he beard in a loop.
A show like this commands an hour slot and 07:30 pm is just not right for this one.
All in all, Razia Sultan grabbed headlines thanks to the impressive narration by Shah Rukh Khan.
Hats off to you King Khan!!
Razia Sultan was the only woman ruler of both the Sultanate and the Mughal period, although other women ruled from behind the scenes. She refused t...1.5