In an interview to IANS, Sanjay Leela Bhansali said, "Mastani is someone what Madhubala and Meena Kumari did in their heydays. Deepika has never ever gone over the top. No woman has ever looked so beautiful on the Indian screen in the longest time.''
When asked about the box office report of Bajirao Mastani, SLB said,"I just wanted to make a beautiful film, be honest and truthful towards something which I have lived for 12 years. It was my tribute to Mughal-e-Azam and that was all I was thinking of while making this film. I was not thinking of the box office collection...I am offering something that is different."