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MOVIE INFO: BAJIRAO MASTANI

A film on India’s greatest empires, and the epic love story of the warrior Peshwa, Bajirao. 


Cast: Ranveer Singh, Deepika Padukone & Priyanka Chopra
Directed by: Sanjay Leela Bhansali
Produced by: Kishore Lulla & Sanjay Leela Bhansali

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MOVIE REVIEW ...

WHAT'S HOT ... The movie that was always expected to showcase the magnificence of the maratha empire, the grandeur of palatial living and a true Hindu-Muslim love-story, delivers in all fronts.

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#1. Cast: 

After over a decade of search post Aishwarya- Salman (the intended lead pair for the movie) break-up, Sanjay Leela Bhansali found his Bajirao and Mastani in Ranveer Singh and Deepika Padukone. And man do they deliver ...

Ranveer Singh couldn't have found a better saga to live out on screen, a better platform to perform, a better director to bring out the best in him and a better heroine to romance the historical love affair with. Herein met all the forces to make this movie a majestic frame that showcases his immense talent. Ranveer's accent, his physical frame, his looks, his eyes, his body language- all subtly screamed the power of the peshwa that he plays.

Deepika Padukone, as the female lead, Mastani, is in no way behind. Her simplistic beauty is eye-catching in every shot, her slender frame is noticeable in every frame, her skill in emoting love, tolerance, acceptance and courage is subtle and never goes unnoticed.   

Priyanka Chopra, might not be the lead, but she has shown maturity and wisdom in accepting this role. The movie provides her with a platform to portray a new side of her already proven acting ability. As the first wife of a love-stricken husband, she is convincing beyond words. 

Tanzi Azmi walks more than an extra mile for her role as the peshwa's widowed mother. Milind Soman looks and does well.

#2. The Costumes ...

Every costume in the movie worn by Ranveer, Deepika, Priyanka and even other marathas, impress you to no length with the details, the style, the design, the trims, and most of all the richness conveyed while still keeping the colors and style subtle. There is nothing gaudy about the color choices, nothing loud about the styles and nothing less than sophistication and stateliness symbolized.

#3. Sets and Locations ...

If you have ever visited the many forts in India, you're sure to have attempted to visualize the time when those forts were functional, when they were home to the kings and the queens. Resplendence of the palaces in the 17th/18th century in India has never before been portrayed in such glory and yet subtlety. Every set appears to provide to you a real peek into the past- the royal courtroom, the palatial chambers, heck, even the bathroom makes you go, "this is how it must have been".

#4. The plot ...

The movie is based on the book, 'Raau' by Ragnath S. Inamdar that is the real life story of the invincible maratha warrior, Bajirao, also called Raau, who fought and won 40 battles, but lost the war of the religion when he brought home a Muslim bride. The movie presents a broadly accurate representation of historical facts, though the makers confess to dramatization to a certain extent. Whatever, the level of accuracy, the story makes for the most romantic and the most heart- wrenching real-life Hindu- Muslim love story ever told.

#5. The Music ...

The music by Sanjay Leela Bhansali himself is excellent. The various beautifully sung songs and classically performed dances seemed to serve the purpose of accentuating the beauty of the subjects, while highlighting the treasure that our classical and folk dances are, even though they have no historical relevance and so lead to what's not hot ...

WHAT'S NOT HOT ...

We know of Sanjay Leela Bhansali's one caprice that comes in the way of his broadly factual story-telling. His whim of showing his two female leads in a dance together. We saw that in Devdas when for no apparent reason (with respect to the story-line) he made Madhuri and Aishwarya dance together in "Dola Re". Here too, he had to have a "Pinga" dance for Deepika and Priyanka. The song and dance sequence of course has great market value, but alas, seemed to take away from the bigger purpose of creating a close-to-facts historical saga.


OVERALL ...

Bajirao Mastani is Sanjay Leela Bhansali's art piece on history (living, clothing, traditions and culture) gifted to the current generation, providing a peek into the past, educating on parts of the great maratha empire that can be easily extrapolated to understand, even explore. greater details. It presents an intriguing picture of the glory days of the great empires that dominated the political scene of India in the 17th and 18th century, of royal opulence, and sadly, the plight of the women amidst it all. And in the process the movie also preaches, rather inadvertently, many lessons that are relevant even today. Hopefully it makes every parent realize that realm of the religion we follow is best set to the extent where it enriches our lives, not taketh away the joy and peace from our children. Hopefully it opens our eyes to the fact that parenting is not a power-game, to not misuse the status of being a parent to force your grownup children to define happiness as per your denotation, to live life in accordance with your rules and to follow their religion by your interpretation. The idea of watching history must also be to learn from it. This mammoth saga has much to teach, in a manner so majestic that it leaves you in awe.


Bajirao Mastani is quite simply an absolute must-watch movie. With the entire family. If rate it we must, it would be a 4.75/5.

By Sonal Kulshrestha

(Sonal is a computer programmer by profession and a writer by passion. She is an avid movie goer. She lives in Texas, USA) 

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