Bajirao Mastani : Love Story that defies religion


Disclaimer : The views on the film expressed in this blog is purely based on filmmaker’s approach to the subject and doesn’t anyway  hurt the sentiments of any individual or community associated to the subject.

P.S : Please watch the film and then decide yourself. It’s unfair from our part to express displeasure without watching the cinema

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Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s ‘Bajirao Mastani‘ finally see the day of light & make it to the silver screen this week after relentless delay in the pre-production for 12 years. Adapting from S.N.Inamdar’s Marathi literature ‘Rau’, The film chronicles the historical figure of Peshwa Bajirao’s statesmanship and his dual love story with wife Kashibai and lover Mastani.

We are introduced to Bajirao Ballad (Ranveer Singh), who, post his father’s demise, is throned as the Second Peshwa of Maratha empire. He is a mastermind warrior with sharp eye and credited to have built up the empire and conquered 41 battles.

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Ranveer Singh as ‘Peshwa Bajirao Ballad’

He falls in love with Bundelkhand Rajput Leader’s daughter Mastani (Deepika Padukone) when the Mughal army tries to invade her father’s kingdom. Things go out of control when the romance blossoms to marriage hurting the Peshwa family. Most affected and hurt is his first wife Kashibai (Priyanka Chopra) who finds it hard to come to term with her marriage life turning kaput.

Firstly, I would like to add that the disclaimer has been added at the start of the film that it’s based on the Marathi literature work and the makers have taken creative liberties to add more dramatic appeal to the audience with an intention to not hurt the sentiments of the community. Hence it would be appropriate to see the film as directors vision and then express polarizing opinion.

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Deepika Padukone as Bundelkhand Leader’s charismatic Mastani

Coming back to the film. Sanjay Leela Bhansali and writer Prakash K.Kapadia‘s screenplay focuses on Bajirao and Mastani’s passionate yet condemned love story and the challenges they had to confront for acceptance that remained out of sight.

They emphasizes on religious co-existence and how love constitutes religions and not the other way around and this theme is indeed relevant in today’s time too. What made me root for Bajirao, Kashibai and Mastani was their progressive and tolerant approach towards relationship, politics and religion.

Love has the power to not only find comfort but also can distract one from their ambition The warrior who wouldn’t bat an eyelid killing opponents finds himself hopelessly in love with Mastani and struggles to get her respect in family. Living under the same roof, It’s also a task for Kashibai to accept the hard-hitting reality that she isn’t her husband’s greatest love.

Heavily decorated with dazzling production set, excellent choreography, picture-post card photography and arousing soundtrack, Bajirao Mastani is a glittering ode to the evergreen Mughal-e-Azam (esp, the breathtaking song sequence of Deewani Mastani where Deepika bedazzles in the Sheesh mahal reflecting her sensuous moves across the mirror)

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Priyanka Chopra as graceful ‘Kashibai’

Bhansali should be given credit to extract remarkable performances from cast and because film wouldn’t have been as half interesting as it now. Ranveer Singh is riveting as Bajirao Ballad, I can’t find any other compliment to pay by saying that No one could have played the Peshwa king as fierce as Ranveer. He imbibes an astounding physicality and mannerism with zest and his chemistry with both ladies are charming. Deepika Padukone arrest your attention with her majestic portrayal of Mastani, not even once sending a false note; She makes you sit up and notice her action stunts esp. when she gets surrounded by goons who have been hired to exterminate her.

However it’s Priyanka Chopra who is graceful as Kashibai, in spite of having less screen space, she makes a maximum impact as the wife woefully let down by husband’s infidelity. The scene where she confronts Bajirao for stripping off her pride speaks volumes and you could feel how heart-broken she is yet never lets her emotions cripple her and take efforts to come to terms with it.

It is a delight to see Milind Soman on screen after ages and he is candidly refreshing as Bajirao’s confidante Panth. Tanvi Azmi is malicious and errie as rough matriarchy and Vaibhav Tatwawdi is superb as Bajirao’s brother Chimaji.

Bajirao Mastani isn’t instantly connecting, one needs to be armed with patience and bear the voice over narrating the plot and soon you find yourselves rewarded with a love story that’s passionate and real.

Strongly recommended !

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