Take a walk back in time!
Sanjay Leela Bhansali creates magic on the big screen once again. ‘Bajirao Mastani’ is spellbinding from the first scene where Bajirao is made the Peshwa.
The cinematography is outstanding, the costumes fabulous and the battle sequences are to die for.
The editing keeps you on the edge and the dialogues make you ponder life itself.
The performances of every single character rocked! This will easily be counted as one of Ranveer’s best performances to date. Ranveer looks every bit of a Peshwa (Prime Minister).
He is fabulous to behold and strong-willed – doing immense justice in the role of the 18th Century warrior general who became Prime Minister of the Maratha Empire.
Deepika Padukone is resplendent as an obsessed Rajput Muslim warrior princess. Her sword fighting sequences are handled beautifully. She dances with poise and grace and fights with valour. The scene where she fights to save the life of her child is incredibly moving.
Deepika plays Mastani and, like Ranveer, embodies the role of the beautiful Maharaja’s daughter with myriad skills and who is taken on as mistress by the lovestruck Bajirao.
Priyanka meanwhile has proven yet again that she can play any character with ease and flair.
The supporting cast is well chosen too.
Tanvi Azmi looks every bit of a strict mother who cares about her son but more importantly does not want to disturb the religious and political structure of the time and hence does not support the love of his life but only his wife.
She plays the role of a supportive mother in law beautifully well. Milind Soman looks quite hot as the aide of the Peshwa.
I love the way Bhansali plays with fire and water elements adding to the passionate romance on screen. As always with Bhansali, colour is used magically to depict the moods of the movie.
There is a fiery red in the air where bloodshed and treachery are to follow and a grim grey when things get even darker. If there was any criticism in his earlier works regarding the lack of colour it has been noted and remedied.
The song ‘Deewani Mastani’ brings back memories of the beautiful rendition ‘Jab Pyar Kiya Toh Darna Kya’ in Mughal-E-Azam. Some of the other songs are hummable like ‘Pinga’. ‘Ayaat’ has a haunting quality you expect from Arijit Singh.
Just a word of caution to all history buffs that it is a love story, so don’t expect a historical saga with facts and figures.
The movie is a visual treat meant to be enjoyed on a big screen.
It truly is Bhansali’s magnum opus!