New Delhi : Actor turned politician Jaya Prada recently watched Sanjay Leela Bhansali's magnum opus Padmaavat and made a curious remark. It seems that the film hit home for the former Member of Parliament, as she likened the character of Alauddin Khilji, a 13th century Sultan of Delhi, to Azam Khan, a member of the Samajwadi Party. She has also alleged that she was 'harassed' by him while she was contesting elections. The bitter rivalry between the two politicians isn't new. It dates back to 2009, when Khan was accused by Prada of maligning her name during elections.
Talking to a reporter, Jaya Prada said, "When I was watching Padmaavat, Khilji's character reminded me of Azam Khan ji, how he had harassed me during elections when I was contesting". If the reports are to be believed, Azam Khan and actor Jaya Prada were never on good terms with each other. However, it was Azam Khan who had helped Jaya in getting Rampur. It was from Rampur only that the actress contested and won herself a Lok Sabha seat by garnering over 85,000 votes. She was earlier a leader of Telugu Desam Party (TDP) till 2004.
Ranveer Singh played the part of Alauddin Khilji, while Deepika Padukone essayed the role of Rani Padmavati, and Shahid Kapoor reprised the role of Raja Ratan Sen in Sanjay Leela Bhansali's period drama - Padmaavat.