Rating: 3.5/5 Stars (Three and half stars)
Star Cast: Ranveer Singh, Priyanka Chopra, Deepika Padukone
Director: Sanjay Leela Bhansali
What’s Good: The opulence of the sets, breathtaking chemistry between Ranveer Singh and both his wives played by Deepika Padukone and Priyanka Chopra. Excellent cinematography and the artistic vision of Sanjay Leela Bhansali.
What’s Bad: Bajirao Mastani is flawed on certain levels such as mistaken timelines in a few places. Also on historical lines, the modification of the plot for cinematic liberties seems to have gone too far, thus making it an out and out love story.
Loo Break: Interval would suffice!
Bajirao Ballal Peshwa (Ranveer Singh) is an ambitious Maratha warrior who has set his eyes on creating one Hindu nation, the Bharatvarsha and not only has the wit but also the valor to fight for it. We are even told in the story at one point that he has won all the 40 battles that he ever fought.
During the Mughal invasion, Bajirao is away from home planning an attack on Delhi when he meets Mastani (Deepika Padukone) who has traveled to seek his help to save her hometown Bundelkhand which is being held captive by the Mughals. She is the daughter of King Chhatrasal and his Muslim wife. While Mastani’s dedication and her bravery impress Bajirao, he is determined to help her. Soon, in the midst of the battle, the duo fall in love with each other.
Back home, Bajirao’s wife, Kashi (Priyanka Chopra) is eagerly awaiting his return, oblivious of the fact that her husband has fallen in love and even accidentally married another woman.
Will Bajirao and Mastani’s inter-religious love breathe in the strong opposition of his Hindu community and family? Will Kashi accept the fact that she has to share her husband with Mastani for the rest of her life?
Bajirao Mastani Review: Script Analysis
Bajirao Mastani had been in the making for so long that I had almost given up on the film. Also after the first trailer of the film was released, I was sure that Bhansali had played a lot with history, to make it a epic romantic drama but little did I know that it would still be a spectacular.
At its core, Bajirao Mastani is all about love. Be it Bajirao’s unconditional love for Mastani and Kashibai both, Mastani’s daring and dedicated love for Bajirao or Kashibai’s sacrificing love for her husband. The film conveys it all.
Written with immense talent, the dialogues are like Ram Leela with a poetic touch to them. Some will even give you goosebumps. My favorite would definitely be ‘Cheeteh Ki Chaal, Baaz Ki Nazar Aur Bajirao Ki Talvar Par Sandeh Nahi Karte, Kabhi Bhi Maat De Sakti Hai’ (And when Ranveer says it – just wow!)
Scenes are penned with great thought and hence the conversations between Bajirao and Kashibai or even the one between Kashibai and Mastani make up for a brilliant watch.
The film is low on war scenes and mainly revolves around the romantic angle. A slight lapse of timeline detailing can be observed when Bajirao gets both Kashibai and Mastani pregnant around the same time even though he is actually shown to have been away for a battle. Also the introduction of a ‘Vintage Skype’ facility through mirror reflections seems too funny.
While the film holds tight in the first half, the script loses its grip towards the second half with some heightened melodrama. Also the climax could have been written a little better. It seems amiss of detailing and slightly absurd.
Bajirao Mastani Review: Star Performance
Ranveer Singh undoubtedly delivers his career best performance. He nails the character head on and proves why he is the best choice for the film. Right from picking up a brilliant Maharashtrian accent to his confident body language, he is completely droolworthy. The efforts he has taken to excel those battle scenes is visible. Singh may sweep a few awards for his brilliant act!
Deepika Padukone according to me performs the weakest amongst the three stars. Even though she plays the lead, there are a lot of flaws in her act. Sure she looks beautiful but completely lacks the grace while performing on numbers such as Mohe Rang Do Laal. Her body language is too modern to embrace the charm of Mastani. In one of the scenes, her dialogue delivery is so weak that she sounds exactly like one of her dialogues from Tamasha.
Priyanka Chopra may have been missing from the promotions but well, she is very much present in the film. In fact, with her act we could even call the film Bajirao Kashibai. As the Peshwa wife who is innocent and child-like at start but matures and stands tall as a lady after her husband re-marries, Priyanka emotes bang on. Her emotional act finds an instant connect and hence you wish we could have seen more of her in the film. She shines in literally each and every frame.
Tanvi Azmi delivers another spectacular performance with her act as Bajirao’s widowed mother.
Supporting cast of Milind Soman as Bajirao’s advisor and Vaibhav Tatwawdi as his younger brother Chimaji Appa are well done.
Bajirao Mastani Review: Music, Direction
When it comes to direction, Bajirao Mastani is a sheer cinematic brilliance. Bhansali’s clear vision of making it an epic romance finally sees light of the day after years of waiting. Costumes, sets and Sudeep Chaterjee’s cinematography all confluence into a magnificent presentation.
The soulful music too compliments well except Pinga which is not a delight to watch since the choreography itself is mediocre and even the costumes are not quite apt.
Bajirao Mastani Review: The Last Word
Not Deepika, Ranveer Singh and Priyanka Chopra lace this film with their brilliant performances. Watch the film for Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s artistic vision and definitely Ranveer’s career-best act. I am going with a 3.5/5 for the film.
Bajirao Mastani Trailer
Bajirao Mastani releases on 18th December, 2015.
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