Film Review: ‘Bajirao Mastani’ by Neha Ravindran

BAjirao-Mastani-1st-Day-Total-CollectionMovie: Bajirao Mastani

Director: Sanjay Leela Bansali

Cast: Priyanka Chopra, Deepika Padukone, Ranveer Singh, Tanvi Azmi

Genre: Period Film/ Historical Drama

I love historical fictions; they add colour to the black and white stories of the years gone by. Amidst the love lores of Shah-Jahaan-Mumtaz, Jahangir-Mehrunissa and such, the tragic story of Baji Rao- Mastani had been lost in the winding lanes of history. Sanjay brings to screen a beautiful rendition of the novel ‘Rau’ by N.S Inamdar, as Bajirao Mastani.

Bajirao (Ranveer Singh) is a Maratha Peshwa, a Brahmin by birth. He falls in love with Mastani (Deepika Padukone) a princess from Bundelkhand with a Rajput father and a Muslim mother. The Marathas are against this alliance for as the Peshwa is a married man and moreover, Mastani is a Muslim. Will their love win over the hearts of religious fundamentalists or will their love face a tragic ending?

Sanjay Leela Bansali is a gifted director whose every movie is a masterpiece in its own right. Ranveer is convincing as the Maratha Peshwa. His accent, dialogue delivery and body language, all scream of royalty. Deepika Padukone is simply dazzling in every scene. I found her mesmerising in this beautiful song ‘Deewani Mastani’, sung by Shreya Ghoshal. The chemistry between Deepika and Ranveer will certainty tug at your heart-strings. Priyanka Chopra on the other hand is the silent show stealer of the movie. Her role as the first wife of Peshwa Baji Rao I, Kashibai is soul rendering. She enacts Kashibai’s heartbreak, sorrow and unyielding loyalty towards her husband with subtlety and great finesse. Tanvi Azmi’s acting as Peshwa’s mother Radhabai, is fierce like a tigress protecting her curb.

Bajirao Mastani has one of the splendid sets seen in any movie and each shot is a treat to watch. Cinematography by Sudeep chatterjee will compel you to keep your eyes glued to the screen. Sanjay Leela Bansali’s direction is awe-inspiring such that certain scenes were so poignant that they stayed with me long after the movie got over. Music by Sanchit Balhara with Sanjay Leela Bansali and Shreyas Puranik is a treat for music lovers. The costumes of the movie are a true winner, especially Mastani’s costumes. However, the story was a jigsaw with missing links. A common challenge in every historical fiction is to compile the entire story into a 2 and a half hour saga. The final editing inevitably leaves out chunks of linking scenes which made the storyline flawed.

Bajirao Mastani is a poetry in motion. It has its highs and lows but it will keep you in its grasp as if each verse is translating into a beautiful painting. This one has a heads-up from me!

My verdict: ***


Ranveer Gets Bolder, Kisses Deepika In Public!

ei-181388The intense chemistry of actor Ranveer Singh and Deepika Padukone  in Ram-Leela has been talk of the town for the past couple of weeks. This chemistry shows on the silver screen but they are yet to confess their love for each other to the public.

At a public function organized by Hello ! magazine nothing was left for imagination when Ranveer had no hesitation to plant a cheeky kiss on Deepika in full media glare. 

 Ranveer bagged the Entertainer of the year award (male) and Deepika got the Entertainer of the year award (female) at this awards function.

First Look: Movie Trailer For ‘Ramleela’

544899_513629818722013_1430703337_nThe first trailer for upcoming film ‘Ramleela’ starring Deepika Padukone and Ranveer Singh was released today in cyberspace. Deepika and Ranbir have been pitted opposite each other for the first time in any movie and if rumour mills are to be believed this movie is set to send the temperatures soaring.

‘Ramleela’ is cinematic adaptation of Shakespeare’s epic love story Romeo and Juliet. Directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali the movie is expected the movie theatres in November. Take a look at the first trailer.


Ranveer-Kareena To Start ‘Ram Leela’ In July

Actor Ranveer Singh has signed a film opposite Bollywood’s ‘ Queen Bee’  Kareena Kapoor. Confirming the news director Sanjay Leela Bhansali has named this movie as ‘ Ram Leela’. He is planning to start filming the movie from July this year.

Bhansali has been lying low for the past two years after he delivered disaster in the name of ‘Ghuzaarish’ which was released in 2010. Expressing satisfaction over the development he said that he always wanted to work with Kareena

“We met for the first time around the release of Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam (1999). She was working on her debut Refugee (2000) then, so we’ve been constantly thinking about talking to each other. I’m happy that this has finally worked out now,” Bhansali  said.

He said he was also impressed by  Ranveer Singh’s performance in  ‘Band Baaja Baaraat’. The movie  is going to be a musical love story with 11 songs.