Bajirao Mastani is yet another masterpiece delivered by Sanjay Leela Bhansali. This movie is touted to be his dream project from past 12 years or so. And, he definitely did bring out the best of the epic love story saga of the great Maratha peshwa – Bajirao 1 (played by Ranveer Singh) the then Peshwa to Maharaja Chhatrapati Shivaji 4. The story revolves around Bajirao Ballad and his second wife Mastani (Deepika Padukone) daughter of Chhatrasal (Maharaja of Bundelkhand). She was called as his Mistress but was actually wedded to him.
Bajirao was reigning over the glory of his heroic win in all the battles he fought and was happily married to Kashibai (Priyanka Chopra), his first wife. During that time Muhammad Bangash was planning attacks over Bundelkhand. In order to save Bundelkhand, Mastani who was herself a brave and skilled warrior, seeks Bajirao’s help to save the kingdom. Bajirao accepts to help Bundelkhand and both of them defeated Bangash in the battle.
As per historical facts, Chatrasal gave Marathas a handful of villages, diamond mines and his daughter in marriage to Bajirao in gratitude for his help and to strengthen their relationship. While in the movie, both Mastani and Bajirao fell in love with each other and then got married. But Maratha’s never approved of Mastani as she was born to a Muslim mother. They posed many threats to her and her son’s life but the love between Bajirao and Mastani grew stronger. She was not given the respect and stature of Peshwa’s second wife and was treated terribly. But Bajirao went against their will to protect and love her second wife.
The screenplay of the movie was brilliant. One can expect outstanding performances by all the actors. From costumes to dialogues and screenplay, it was all well executed. And as it is a Bhansali movie, so you can expect a fabulous dance sequence with both actresses in the song Pinga (reminds me of the song dola re from Devdas). The music of the movie also feels fresh.
My personal view is that Ranveer Singh just took me by surprise has outdone himself in the movie. He got into the skin of the character and his Marathi accent is one sure thing to look out for. His body language and on-screen persona makes him the appropriate choice for Bajirao. Deepika looked absolutely stunning in the song “diwani mastani” which is strikingly spectacular. Her expressions and dialogue delivery is superb. Priyanka looks convincing as Kashibai and performed with ease.
Although, the story is given its own share of twists and turns to make it look more tragic but this love story saga is worth watching amongst the number of films released this weekend. I think it’s the perfect treat for this Xmas!