Rating: * * * *
Let me start with the fact that I am not Ranveer Singh fan at all but after watching Bajirao Mastani I must say – this guy is gonna stay here for long!!!
Phenomenal acting by Ranveer Singh as Peshwa Bajirao I, with all minute details taken care of.
Story and screenplay always play important part of such epic movies because there is hardly anything you can change when it is based on true events. One must remember that history can be created but cannot be changed. The Peshwa Bajirao I, I have known so far was Maratha King who went crazy for Mastani, a beautiful dancer and how this craziness ultimately became one of the reasons of Maratha Empire’s loss. But when I went through some of the facts as part of my research before I watched this movie, my perception got changed and there was different kind of excitement in mind to see this movie on-screen. Not to mention I like both Deepika and Priyanka 😀. Sanjay Leela Bhansali beautifully presented this great love story of Peshwa Bajirao and Mastani to audience through his artistic lenses. A pure love story between a Hindu King Peshwa Bajirao (Ranveer Singh) and a Muslim Princess Mastani, played by Deepika Padukone (which otherwise I had known as debauchery of Peshwa Bajirao). Not to mention, I had wrong version of history in my mind. Mastani, daughter of Rajput King Chatrasaal whom Bajirao helps to save his kingdom from Mughal Commander, falls in love with Bajirao. Peshwa who has been married to Kashibai, also reciprocates to this feeling. But when Mastani comes to Pune to be with Peshwa as his wife, she was forced to become a dancer by Bajirao’s mother Radha Maa (played by Tanvi Azmi and not Radhe Maa 😜). Mastani bears all tortures and humiliation just for her love – Peshwa Bajirao). They had to face opposition from religious fanatics, society and Peshwa’s own family. Finally both Bajirao and Mastani die in a desperate attempt to be together, while trying unsuccessfully to win hearts of own family members.
Sanjay Bhansali, being such a magnificent director, presented feelings of each character so well – Mastani’s true and passionate love, Bajirao’s emotions and dilemma – to choose love over his duties as king for his people, Kashibai’s dilemma whether to accept or to hate Mastani. Ranveer portrayed Rao with all his mind and soul totally immersed into it. Director even put detailed attention to diction of Ranveer as a Maratha king and that is not the case only for him but also for Priyanka.
Amazing performances not just by Ranveer, Deepika or Priyanka but the entire cast – Tanvi Azmi as Radha Maa, Milind Soman as Pant, Vaibhav Tatwawadi as Chimaji Appa and all other supporting actors has done really great job.
Every bit of a movie leaves you speechless and amused about Bhansali’s vision and attention to each character, costume, diction. Not to mention magnum opus sets which Bhansali’s movies are famous for.
The only thing I would complain about would be it’s music and unnecessary songs. It is really difficult to digest to see Bajirao Peshwa dancing crazy on some item song. It would have been better if Director would have had a ‘Gondhal’ dance (Marathi folk dance) as part of celebration of Peshwa’s victory instead of pathetic lyrics and item dance on the line of ‘Thathad Thathad’ song (Ram Leela)
Awesome performances by all actors, great screenplay, superb action sequences, excellent direction, magnificent movie sets – overall a complete package minus music.
I must say one thing here that between the clash of Dilwale and Bajirao Mastani, Bajirao Mastani is a clear winner!!! It would not be wrong to say that Ranveer deserves best actor award for 2015 for his performance as Peshwa Bajirao I! (Strictly my opinion) 😀👍
And important thing is a message to love all religions and there is no place for religion in Love.
But surprisingly when audience come out of cinema hall, suddenly they are totally in favor of this bigamy 😜