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One mesmerizing experience, visually. The film is good too.



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As I watched this Bajirao Mastani trailer and then this song I am just stumped by what I see. What I hear, feel, think all come a while later. The color tone of that song took my breath away. Whether or not I like the film, the trailer assures me that I am going to love what I see.

But hey, that is hardly ever a doubt with Sanjay Leela Bhansali films. Each frame is worth putting up on your walls. The question arises as the story progresses. Is it a war film or a love story? From the trailer looks like, it is both. Does it then do justice or does one story line distract from the other? Or like Jodhaa Akbar, is the trailer deceptive? Only love, no war – which was fine till the love got boring.

What about historically accuracy, you ask? Didn't I just point you to Jodhaa Akbar? Not good enough? How about Asoka? No? Mughal-e-azam, any one?

Isn't history as per the story-teller anyway? If you think I am a skeptic, here's some more- I take any controversy that comes at the heels of a release with a pinch of salt. I don't have any qualms thinking of it as a marketing ploy and moving on. Any publicity is good publicity, bad publicity is better publicity – ya di da da da da.

Of course, I would love reality, but I don't mind fantasy and the Bond films too. Isn't it ultimately all about the story-telling? Am I engaged with the characters? Are the performances in line with the characters? Or is the film banking on keeping me arrested through just the visuals?

Music Reviews:
Bollyspice - "4/5"
Bollywood Hungama – "3.5/5"
Firstpost - "melodiously connects the past with present"
glamsham - "4/5"
koimoi - "3/5"
Movie Talkies - “4.5/5” Milliblog – A rare 200-worder which says, "In his third film as solo composer, Sanjay finally gets it wonderfully right."
Music Aloud – "8.5/10"