Khilji and Padmaavat’s Sneaky Undercurrent of Homosexuality

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Khilji and Padmaavat’s Sneaky Undercurrent of Homosexuality

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he figure is brought in front of Alauddin Khilji in a white shroud, like a bride being presented to the king. Khilji, played by Ranveer Singh imperiously encircles him, like a lion surveying its prey. “What’s the name?” he demands. “Malik Kafur,” comes the reply. “Not yours, the perfume you’re wearing,” Khilji retorts. In this short exchange, Padmaavat suddenly feels like a film that’s bursting with queer erotic possibility.

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