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Bajirao Mastani

(U) (2015)



2 hrs 35 mins

Audience Reviews

184 Ratings

Release Date

18 Dec 2015
Critics Reviews Audience Reviews Updated: December 18, 2015 05:35 PM IST

Bajirao Mastani Review

This Ranveer Singh-Deepika Padukone-Priyanka Chopra starrer is a high-voltage historical drama and will surely renew your faith in nothing but true love, and it will surely hit you right in the heart!

Although, Bajirao Mastani is a historical love-saga, it will be presented to the audiences through the director's creative point of view, with not just the facts & history, but a lot more!

Only once in a blue moon, does every single character of the film, (whether it be the lead role or side role) perform exceptionally well and leave a long lasting impression on our mind! Be it Ranveer Singh, Deepika Padukone or Priyanka Chopra, all have given award-winning performances and it won't be wrong if we say, it's difficult to choose one among them.

It is surely a must watch, doesn't matter whether you are a Deepika, Ranveer or Priyanka fan; no two opinions about it! A perfect masterpiece by Sanjay Leela Bhansali. Not forgetting to mention, it's the kind of film that you will carry in your heart.

Bajirao Mastani doesn't leave much room for complaint. The story sucks you in from the first frame, and stays that way till the interval. Post that, the pace slackens here and there, but overall, it is a delight.

Ranveer Singh delivers his career-best performance, leaving behind even Lootera. As the fierce-at-times, passionate-at-others Bajirao, Singh is spellbinding. The actor does need to work on his voice modulation, though. Deepika's Mastani can kill with a look from that pair of un-kohl-ed eyes. She is as agile and consummate with the sword, as with her words.

Sanjay Leela Bhansali's Bajirao Mastani is in essence the story of Bajirao and Mastani. The director's ode to undying love does make you pine for that kind of an extraordinary story, which can show the thumb to the shackles of worldly trivialities. Bhansali takes a leaf out of history, and crafts it into an exquisite tale. And all the participants in this orchestra are in tune with the conductor, despite the occasional out-of-note keys.

In all, Bajirao Mastani is an experience. And one that needs to be savoured in a theatre

Bajirao Mastani may as well be the third in the trilogy of triangle love stories after Devdas and Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam. Each has it’s memorable touch: Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam had the best music with Albela Sajan still haunting the ears; Devdas, in its tragic melodrama and the ultimate star cast, with Madhuri Dixit’s best dances at display.

Deepika looks ravishing but her contact lenses don’t let you see the historical, strong figure of Mastani. Priyanka's performance touches the most with her moist-eyed dialogue delivery, even though this is not Kashibai’s story. However, her authoritative ‘chaala’ is just not enough to bring real authenticity.

While Ranveer adopts the Marathi accent like fish to water, and outdoes himself in the tragic moments, and dances with the expression of a Bollywood hero to the tunes of 'Malhari'.

Bhansali’s Mughal-e-Azam may not be perfect but is a memorable, mesmerizing and dazzling piece of cinematic vision.

Maratha history gets the full-on Sanjay Leela Bhansali treatment in Bajirao Mastani.

The overwrought but impressive extravaganza elevates the legendary 18th century warrior-hero determined to establish Hindu rule across the subcontinent to the level of a selfless crusader for love in a climate of hate and bigotry.

Bajirao Mastani is watchable primarily because of the craft that is on view in the pretty frames lit meticulously by cinematographer Sudeep Chatterjee. The characters allude repeatedly to the sky, to the sun and the moon, to the clouds and to the elements in general in the stodgy first half.

Bajirao Mastani is the work of a director who never shies away from going the whole hog. Even when Bhansali isn't in full flight, he still manages to soar well above the mundane. Bajirao Mastani is for those that think history is boring. There isn't a dull moment in this colourful and dramatic film that embraces excess with unabashed abandon.

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