The story is of a legendary warrior Bajirao (Ranveer Singh) who dreams of one Hindu nation- Baharatvarsh. He has the valor and the wit to do the same as he is said to have won all the forty battles fought till date.
When Bajirao is planning an attack on Mughals in Delhi during their invasion, he happens to meet Mastani (Deepika Padukone) who seeks his help to save her hometown Bundelkhand. She is brave and dedicated towards her motherland, which impresses Bajirao and he agrees to help her. She is half Muslim being a daughter of King Chhatrasal and his Muslim wife. They soon fall in love with each other and get married accidentally.
Bajirao’s wife, Kashibai (Priyanka Chopra) is waiting for her husband to come back after the battle unaware of the whole incident. Will the family and Hindu community accept Bajirao’s second marriage with half Muslim girl and will Kashibai accept that Mastani shall share her husband the rest of her life.
Bhansali has tried to depict the historical love story in such a gorgeous manner with perfect battle sequence, splendid settings putting the sequence of events in a simple manner that the viewers are enthralled to get the grip of the story.
Sanjay Leela Bhansali has been motivated by Hollywood classics and can narrate an epic tale splendidly, which is very much evident from the gigantic scale of the film.
The plot of the story is more of a love story than an epic battle. The story begins with the appointment of Peshwa Bajirao, who is supposed to be a great warrior. He believes in one Hindu nation and in order to prove it he decides to attack Mughals in Delhi. There he meets Mastaani seeking help from him to save her motherland Bundelkhand. Although, Bajirao is married but still, love blossoms between Mastani and Bajirao. The end of the story is with a question – What shall the religion do, tear us apart or bring us closer? – A beautiful, powerful and frightful end.
The first half of the movie is fabulous as if you are watching an opera but the second half is mesmerizing towards a marvelous end.
In a nutshell, Bajirao Mastaani is a must see movie as it is a gem of cinema weaved with power packed dialogues, splendid performances, melodious music and precise direction.
Ranveer Singh as Peshwa Bajirao Ballal, Deepika Padukone as Mastani, Priyanka Chopra as Kashibai with supporting star cast of Tanvi Azmi as Radhabai Bajirao’s mother, Vaibbhav Tatwawdi as Chimaji Appa, Mahesh Manjrekar as Chattrapati Shahu Maharaj, Milind Soman as Ambaji Panth, Ayush Tandon as Nana Saheb, Raza Murad as Nizam of Deccan, Aditya Pancholi as Panth Pratinidhi, Yateen Karyekar as Krishnaji Bhatt and Benjamin Gilani as Raja Chhatrasaal.
The performances of the lead actors are splendid with Ranveer delivering his career’s best and proving why Bhansali chose him for the character. He has brilliantly picked up the accent of the language and his body language comes out so confidently. Priyanka Chopra has fabulously played the role of Kashibai from an innocent wife to a mature lady after her husband remarries. She literally outperforms others in the film. Deepika’s dialogue delivery and performance is the weakest among the three, although she is the main lead. Her beauty has overpowered her grace in her dance performed on numbers like Mohe Rang do Laal.
The supporting cast is splendid with Tanvi Azmi delivering terrific performance as Bajirao’s mother, Milind Soman giving a wonderful performance whereas others act their parts competently.
BACKGROUND MUSIC: Sanchit Balhara
CHOREOGRAPHERS: Remo DSouza, Pandit Birju Maharaj, Ganesh Acharya, Pony Verma, Shampa Gopikishna
COSTUME DESIGNERS: Maxima Basu & Anju Modi
The costumes, as well as the styling of the characters are done majestically.
MUSIC & DIRECTION: Sanjay Leela Bhansali
The film has mesmerizing music choreographed with precision. The background music is wonderful. The outstanding music which is exceptionally enthralling – Deewani Mastani, Pinga and Saajan.
Sanjay Leela Bhansali has exhaustive knowledge of the subject matter, possesses mega budget, has the capability to handle a huge cast & crew and also has the vision to depict a historic epic to life. It is his brilliance in direction that has delivered such an epic romance.
EDITOR: Rajesh G. Pandey – The editing is subtle and crisp.
CINEMATOGRAPHY: Sudeep Chatterjee
Excellent cinematography and the artistic vision of Sanjay Leela Bhansali resembles in every visual. Set of Grand Court with huge paintings, chandeliers, courtiers with tilaks and arrows all resemble the ecstatic vision of the director.
PRODUCTION DESIGNERS: The sets designed by the production designers Sriram Kannan Iyengar, Sujeet Subhash Sawant, Saloni Ankush Dhatrak magnificent and a treat for the eyes and the viewers can very well acknowledge the efforts put behind it. The long gone era has been depicted fabulously.
ACTION: Sham Kaushal
The battle sequences have been enacted on the sets and executed magnificently by Sham Kaushal
SCREENPLAY: Sanjay Leela Bhansali, Mallika Dutt Gharde and Prakash Kapadia
Bhansali has taken utmost care that the film does not deviate from the storyline although the film is 2.40 hrs. long. He has adorned it with star performances and sub-plots that culminate to a fabulous epic love story which is enthralling and pace is just right.
DIALOGUE: Prakash Kapadia
The dialogue writer Prakash Kapadia has immense talent of writing dialogues with poetic touch. Some of them are so powerful that it resonates in your mind and especially when delivered by Ranveer Singh. The dialogues of the conversation between Kashibai and Bajirao or Kashibai and Mastani has been written with brilliant thinking and based on the situation. Splendid Dialogues!happy wheels
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