Bajirao Mastani is finally here. It’s a period romance drama. The film is directed and produced by Sanjay Leela Bhansali and the
Bajirao MastaniA story of forbidden love. Strong and cinematically brilliant.
Bajirao Mastani is finally here. It’s a period romance drama. The film is directed and produced by Sanjay Leela Bhansali and the screenplay is adapted from historical texts written by notable Indian historians. Sudeep Chaterjee has been credited with the cinematography. This film is about forbidden love. It is a film about a warrior so great, that emperors would bow to him, and yet, was defeated in the arena of love.
Let’s meet the actors.
Ranveer Singh as Peshwa Bajirao I
Deepika as Bajirao’s Mastani
Priyanka Chopra as Kashibai
History is beautiful. History tells us myriad stories, which shall always remain open to interpretation and debate. History is the basis of the present. If not for much, we must all be thankful to Mr. Leela Bhansali for bringing to light, the memory of arguably the best warrior that India has known. Peshwa Bajirao was undefeated in battle and more courageous than a lion. He was sharp as his sword and strong as an iron shield. His memory really is a matter to take pride in.
In Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Bajirao Mastani, he has portrayed this warrior, as more human than most history text books do. In this film, Bajirao falls into an ocean of love, with Mastani, a princess and the illegitimate Muslim daughter of the Hindu king of Bundelkhand. Their love is fraught with much anguish and cursed with seemingly innumerable obstacles. The two souls are destined to live and die together. Set against the backdrop of a highly orthodox Hindu Maratha Empire, this film is a cinematic brilliance.
Ranveer Singh plays Bajirao. He essays the Marathi warrior with ease. Ranveer Singh looks every bit the warrior in the film. He plays his role very well, which demanded him to exhibit a wide range of skills. Ranveer Singh is a very good actor. He must however, continue to prove himself with more performances of this kind in order to boost his growth in the industry.
Deepika plays Mastani. The one woman who could match the great warrior at every step. The one woman who was as fierce as Bajirao. Who fought fiercely, who loved fiercely and who underwent hell for all that she held dear. Deepkia plays her role well. She could perhaps have added more body to her character which would at times seem unconvincing. She has performed exceedingly well in the dance sequences and the war scenes.
Here lies the catch, Bajirao Mastani as a film should have relied on the hauntingly beautiful chemistry of Ranveer and Deepika. I must say that this was an area where they fell short. Ranveer and Deepika exhibited a warrior’s spirit, where they braved the assaults on their love with efficiency. Yet, they lacked simple and genuine chemistry, which would make the love story even more believable and beautiful.
Priyanka is wonderful as Kashibai. She plays the wife, deserted by her husband for the mistress. It takes a great deal of maturity to deal with a role such as this. She does justice to the character of Kashibai.
Bajirao Mastani is a cinematic experience. It boasts of beautiful sets, endearing song sequences, vibrant actors and heart-racing war scenes. It really is done very well. The team really has been able to bring the 1700s to life. The movie is a little slow-paced and might seem boring at times, but then again, it is a saga. It might be a good choice for the weekend. I give it 4/5
Best Actor: Ranveer Singh
Best Actress: Priyanka Chopra
You will like this film if you liked: Ram Leela, Jodha Akbar
You will dislike this film if you liked: Golmaal, Shamitabh