Title: Bajirao Mastani
Directed by: Sanjay Leela Bhansali
Produced by: Sanjay Leela Bhansali and Kishore Lulla
Written by: Prakash Kapadia
Starring: Ranveer Singh, Priyanka Chopra, Deepika Padukone, Tanvi Azmi, Vaibbhav Tatwawdi and Milind Soman
Music by: Songs: Sanjay Leela Bhansali; Background Score: Sanchit Balhara
Production Company: SLB Films
Release date: 18th December, 2015
Language: Hindi and Marathi
Genre: Period Drama
The moment you step into the theater to watch this magnum opus by Sanjay Leela Bhansali, you sense abundance of creativity. Like loads and loads of it. I think, that is what someone would expect of a Sanjay Leela Bhansali film. Such is his work!
Since I am late for writing this down, by now everyone would know what the movie is all about. It is the story of forbidden love between Peshwa Bajirao Ballal (Ranveer Singh) and Mastani (Deepika Padukone), the warrior-princess who falls in love after he comes to her kingdom’s rescue. It’s also the story of Kashibai (Priyanka Chopra), Bajirao’s gamine-like wife who’s the most interesting character in the tempestuous triangle.
Now, I have heard people say that Bhansali has ruined a beautiful love story by adding his own elements. For example, in real life, Mastani and Kashibai meet only once, but in the movie, they meet multiple times. Then, Kashibai had Arthritis in real life, but BOOM, she is dancing to the tunes of Pinga in the movie. Now people, stop judging Bhansali on this ground. I think there is something called freedom of art and we should appreciate it. With his own elements, Bhansali has created a beautiful film, irrespective of the facts, though the movie could have been a bit shorter. Towards the end, you want the movie to end, because by now you know what is to happen and you just want it to happen. But wait…
Oh, and not to forget the sets!
Prakash Kapadia has done a beautiful job with the screenplay. His dialogue game is on point. Had it not been for the dialogues, the movie couldn’t have done this good. Some of them being,
Ishq, Jo Tufani Duniya Se Bagawat Karjaye Woh Ishq,
Bharay Darbar Mein Jo Duniya Se Lad Jaae Woh Ishq,
Jo Mehboob Ko Dekhe Toh Khuda Ko Bhul Jaae Woh Ishq.
Jab Deewaron Se Zyaada Doori Dilon Mein Ho Jaye Toh Chath Nahi Tikti.
Heere Mein Heera Ho Toh Use Kehte Hain Kohinoor,
Rao Ka Naam Lete Hi Kaashi Ke Chehre Pe Aata Hai Noor.
Coming down to the performances, Deepika Padukone and Ranveer Singh shine in the lead roles, but Priyanka Chopra as Kashibai outshines both of them, even in her supporting role.
Ranveer Singh is coruscating! With his on point Marathi accent, on point dialogue delivery, on point chemistry with Padukone and Chopra and on point dance moves, he gives life to the character of Bajirao with perfect ease. It seemed to be like a cake walk for him. He looks beautiful on screen with Mastani, but his most beautiful moments are with Kashibai. His chemistry with Padukone is very good, as good as it was in Ram Leela, but his chemistry with Chopra is even better. We want a film with Singh and Chopra in the lead! I can imagine the heat they can create!
Deepika Padukone, in both her roles, as a warrior and as a princess looks ravishing! She also plays both the parts like a pro. There are no second thoughts on her acting and dancing skills. She takes the audience on a different level by showing her moves in the song Deewani Mastani.
Priyanka Chopra beats them both. With her moist-eyed dialogue delivery, graceful moves in the song Pinga, sympathy for Mastani, love for Bajirao and compassion for their love, she outshines the lead actors. You may feel a bit bored during the wars and during the conversations where she is not involved, but when she is in the frame, you don’t even want to blink an eye! The way she says, “Aap Humse Humari Zindagi Maang Lete Hum Aap Ko Khushi Khushi De Dete, Par Aapne Toh Humse Humara Guroor Cheen Liya”, is just heart breaking. I mean, literally.
You can easily see the difference in Padukone and Chopra as actors whenever they are together on screen. For example, when Kashibai goes to Mastani Mahal to give Mastani a saree and some other holy items, we see the difference in the way they carry their respective characters. Priyanka oozes with grace, Deepika follows her. Even in the song Pinga just the moves, lets not even go to the expressions, by both the ladies differed so much in grace, with Priyanka, obviously, stealing the show. And as I already mentioned, the chemistry between Ranveer and Priyanka is better than that between Ranveer and Deepika.
Tanvi Azmi, as an antagonist, steals the show. The anger in her eyes, shrill in her voice and fluency in her manner, show the perfect actor in her. She is simply charming as Bajirao’s mother.
What made the characters so beautiful and so real were the costumes by Anju Modi. She completely understood what Bhansali wanted his muses to turn like, and guess what, she even crossed his expectations! Good going there!
All in all, if you haven’t yet seen Bajirao Mastani, WHY? Book your tickets now!
My Rating: 4/5
Disclaimer: All the above images have been taken from Google. None of them have been created/clicked by me.