At last Bajirao Mastani has been released! Well, the movie has been making rounds for quite some time. And when you think of this Sanjay Leela Bhansali production you cannot but think that it is yet another magnum opus movie from his stables. Bhansali had always relied on the visual appeal and the grandeur of a presentation. And when this is combined with superb acting the success is in the affirmative.
You get to see the 18th century in this movie. It was under the rule of Maratha and Peshwa combatants. Bajirao (Ranvir Singh) is a successful warrior and aims to create a single Hindu country. Here then, Bajirao is smitten by Mastani ( Deepika Padukone), who is a half-Muslim (with Bajirao being a Brahmin). Mastani is a combating princess who is also a dancer. Well, the real problem is that Bajirao is already wedded to Kashi ( Priyanka Chopra). However, Bajirao doesn’t give up on Mastani. Will the pair unite? Just rush to the theater to find out.
Ranveer Singh has come out with a winner with his stunning performance as Bajirao; he infuses life into the character he plays. It is obvious that he relished doing this role. He has well-built muscles and carves a niche for himself with his expressive eyes. Also, he is at ease with the Marathi accent. Deepika Padukone is ravishing as usual and shares a great chemistry with Singh. As for performance, she could have done better; she has that urban look that struggles to fit into the character of Mastani. Priyanka Chopra has done a fantastic job as the anguished wife. Though the movie is not only Priyanka’s story, she outshines others with her commendable performance. Tanvi Azmi, as the mother, has delivered a topnotch performance. Vaibhav Tatwahdi and Milind Soman too do a great job.
Bajirao Mastani is inspired from Rau, a Marathi novel, penned by N S Imandar. The trailers of Bajirao Mastani are a testimony to the movie’s epic feel. And being released with the other hyped movie Dilwale this movie has all the essentials to be a clear winner. Every frame shows that this is a Bhansali movie, and you cannot just help falling in love with the movie. Sanjay Leela Bhansali only can give a soul to such old stories.
A movie that touches loves beyond religions; Bajirao Mastani is indeed a treat to watch. The war sequences are grand indeed. The artists in the movie are dressed in a spell-binding manner. There is also the love triangle in the movie that quite works well. Well, one wonders why Bhansali is fascinated towards a love triangle. Is its pathos so appealing?
Love is expressed in an appealing way in this movie. The director has taken some cinematic liberties, but that is not a major flaw for the movie. The grandiose and the soulful rendition of Priyanka Chopra compensates for it. Also, it is vivid that Bhansali has woven this cinematic version with great care. He has focused on the romantic element of the movie rather than giving importance to war scenes.
1. The plot is highly engrossing and keeps you hooked to the seat till the end.
2. Sudeep Chaterjee’s cinematography is one of the strongest points of the movie. You get to have a feel of a beautiful painting and will be transported to a completely different world.
3. The climax is impressive.
4. Music is outstanding especially the soulful rendition of Deewani Mastani. The background score elevates the quality of the movie.
5. The pace of the movie gains momentum when the two women in Bajirao’s life meet each other.
6. The characters of the women in the movie are well crafted.
7. The chemistry between Ranvir, and Priyanka and Deepika, is appealing.
What’s not there?
1. The movie reminds one of the movies like Jodha Akbar and Mughal-E-Azam.
2. There could have been more intensity to the story.
History is not as dull as we think. This historical movie will surely capture your hearts with Bhansali’s awesome presentation on the big screen.
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