Bajirao Mastani - External Reviews

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

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38 reviewers have given Bajirao Mastani an average rating of 4.4/5.0 (?)

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9 so-so

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Thumbs up by Anna MM Vetticad, annavetticadgoes2themovies ...Despite its shortcomings then, this is a brave and beautiful film – beautiful to look at, beautiful in its position on religion, brave in its take on history, brave in its unwillingness to paint religious groups or its primary characters as black or white. ... full review

So-So by Githa Vanan, Bolly Spice ...So how does the latest magnum opus from the SLB camp fair up? Well, short (or long if you look at the duration) from the mark and off from the historical accuracy. But just like ‘Deewani Mastani’ is a bow of respect to Mughal-E-Azam’s ‘Pyaar Kiya Toh Darna Kya,’ you can appreciate without getting too obsessed. ... full review

Thumbs up by Taran Adarsh, Bollywood Hungama ...On the whole, BAJIRAO MASTANI is a cinematic gem that you just cannot miss. Tremendous performances, deft direction, power-packed screenwriting and dialogue, melodious soundtrack and of course, the lavish mounting -- this film has it all. Strongly recommended! ... full review

Thumbs up by Preetii Kulkarni, Bollywood Life ...Ranveer Singh take a bow! You have ended the year with a BANG. Do not miss this cinematic brilliance at any cost. Book your tickets today. ... full review

Thumbs up by Criselle Lobo, BookmyShow ...From intense war scenes to sweet romantic exchanges, Bajirao Mastani will keep you engrossed till the very end. The actors are a delight to watch and make the movie even more enjoyable. This weekend, do yourself a favor — go watch Bajirao Mastani. It’s Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s best work till date. ... full review

Thumbs up by Kusumita Das, Deccan Chronicle ...A melodramatic climax aside, the film is undoubtedly a quality product, Bhansali always ensures that. But what makes it fall just short of excellence is the lack of the journey within. We never get inside the characters, especially Bajirao’s, a man who is caught in the fierce dilemma between the heart and the state. We only see the events unfold on screen one after another. It is Bhansali tipping his jewel-encrusted hat off to an epic love story in Maratha folklore. But a glimpse of the mind would have made the picture complete. ... full review

So-So by krish Sripada, Desi Martini ...Verdict - If only Bhansali could indulge himself less and let the story narrate itself, if only! ... full review

Thumbs up by shefali Saxena, Desi Martini ...Verdict - SLB ne audience se mohabbat ki hai, aiyyashi nahi! ... full review

Thumbs up by Smita Vyas Kumarh, Desi Martini ...Verdict - A moving love story with breathtaking visuals. A superb watch ... full review

Thumbs up by Sethumadhavan Napan, Desi Martini ...Verdict - Powerful drama,intense romance&period look captured well.If not for a way too dramatic & filmy culmination this is otherwise quite good ... full review

Thumbs up by Prerna Singh, Desi Martini ...Verdict - If you're not looking for History lessons, this film is the perfect choice for you. ... full review

Thumbs up by Dïctåtor Øf Unîverse, Desi Martini ...dilwale works on box office just because of srk... bajirao mastani's story and plot is faaaar better than it..if you are a srk fan, shit on ur face coz he gets movies and offers easily.. priyanka and deepika have worked out blood and sweat for practising those moves!! ranveer always tries to give his best in all his tries and srk just does on pose in a whole song overall, nice setup, great beginning, gorgeous deepika, fabulous priyanka, energetic ranveer, and blockbuster movie!!!... full review

Thumbs up by Farheen Nq , Desi Martini ...Mind blowing movie... loved it... was much more bettr than devdas.. Ranveer.. cnt b a bttr actor than him in tis generation.. Priyanka.. lovely and strong asusual Deepika.. loved her boldness her eyes her grace and her performance.. she ate aishwarya rai..... full review

Thumbs up by Rachit Gupta, Filmfare ...Bajirao Mastani will also be remembered for its production design and costumes. The level of detailing in the film’s visuals is awe-inspiring. The camerawork and SLB’s vision for grandeur create a mirage of excellence on screen. SLB’s music is not only influential it’s emotional and touching. Rarely do Hindi movies look like they belong on a world stage. Bajirao Mastani is definitely a strong contender for that spot. It’s definitely one of the year’s best. ... full review

Thumbs up by Tanul Thakur, FirstPost ...Bajirao Mastani, a regular love story devoid of a convincing, rounded antagonist, is neither particularly ambitious nor audacious. And although the film sets its targets straight and low, it pursues them with unflinching doggedness and sincerity, and achieves them satisfyingly. Most films remain clueless about their faults and merits (if they have any), but this one does, and is smart enough to pick its battles — exhibiting a kind of singular clear sightedness that should be a hallmark of more mainstream movies. ... full review

Thumbs up by Johnson Thomas, Free Press Journal ...Ranveer lives his role with great craft, Deepika showcases her strengths to great effect while Priyanka lends credibility to her role. The numerous songs that litter the narrative take away much of the enjoyment. The visual artistry on display and the tempered dramatics are what make this visit worthwhile. ... full review

So-So by Josh, fullhyd.com ...Positives notwithstanding, the film does suffer from many ineffective scenes. For one, there is the matter-of-fact exposition of historicals that can't be done away with nor can be shown interestingly. And like with Tamasha again, the primary conceit of the film fails to register. Tamasha was about passion in storyland but none of the passion nor the story-telling impressed. Likewise, Bajirao Mastani bases its drama on the deep love of the titular couple. Except, we don't see why they are in so much love. ... full review

Thumbs up by Martin D'Souza, Glamsham.com ...Bajirao Mastani celebrates love, life, the longing of a man torn between three women (including his mother), his loyalty and his helplessness when faced with religious diktats! Bajirao Mastani also celebrates the mood of the moment!... full review

So-So by Sweta Kaushal, Hindustan Times ...Though the story ends on a sad note and the ending is a bit too stretched, the entire sequence is one of few high points of Bajirao Mastani. Ranveer’s character is hallucinating under high fever and sees forces charging at him in a calm Narmada river. He rages his own battle, swinging his sword like a maniac. When Priyanka asks him about his opponent, he says: “Bhagwan ... kismet”. This signifies his lost battle with his own family and custodians of religion. From Ranveer’s loss to Priyanka watching him go crazy, you can feel everyone’s pain, angst and grief. ... full review

So-So by RAJEEV MASAND, IBN Live ...Ultimately you can’t help being overwhelmed by Sudeep Chatterjee’s eye-watering frames, and the elegant production design. Bhansali delivers a film that’s artistic but exhausting. I’m going with three out of five. ... full review

Thumbs up by Ananya Bhattacharya, india today ...The music of the film is haunting. The background score, Deewani Mastani and Aayat are among the songs that stay with one long after the film ends. In all, Bajirao Mastani is an experience. And one that needs to be savoured in a theatre.... full review

So-So by Suhani Singh, india today ...Nonetheless, there is a lot to swoon over in Bajirao Mastani. Technically the film is a marvel, even more so if you choose to watch Dilwale right after it. Bhansali's female characters have always looked like they have stepped out of a painting but here even Singh gets to strut about in some wonderful anarkalis. Collaborating with Bhansali for the second time, cinematographer Sudeep Chatterjee creates some wonderful imageries, a few of them in the fountain.... full review

Thumbs up by Surabhi Redkar, koimoi ...Not Deepika, Ranveer Singh and Priyanka Chopra lace this film with their brilliant performances. Watch the film for Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s artistic vision and definitely Ranveer’s career-best act. ... full review

Thumbs up by Shubha Shetty-Saha, MiD DAY ...Sanjay Leela Bhansali has cleverly picked up some native Marathi speaking actors as supporting cast, which includes Tanvi Azmi (brilliant as Bajirao's mother), Mahesh Manjrekar as King Shahu, Milind Soman as Bajirao's friend and Vaibbhav Tatwawdi as his brother, Chimaji. ... full review

Thumbs up by Jaidev Hemmady, Movie Talkies ...Indeed, Bhansali has ensured that the names Bajirao and Mastani deserve a place in the list of doomed lovers like Laila-Majnu, Heer-Ranjha and Shirin-Farhad. ... full review

Thumbs up by Saibal Chatterjee, NDTV ...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. ... full review

So-So by Sukanya Verma, Rediff ...One can say volumes about her shimmering beauty as the surreal but sketchy Mastani (the script can't decide if it wants to highlight her as a warrior, lover, courtesan or mother). Sadly, it's also Deepika Padukone's most affected performance in a long time. But, praise the lord, she's so full of this "noor" Bajirao keeps complimenting her for, I almost pretend I didn't hear her awful Urdu dialogue delivery. ... full review

Thumbs up by Jyothi Venkatesh, Star Blockbuster ...Last Word: The film sets out to drive home the poignant message that you can fight against entire world and win but you can’t win against your family. The film will find it tough to combat with Dilwale at the box office.... full review

So-So by Namrata Joshi, The Hindu ...Lastly, it’s interesting how Bhansali is the closest ally women have in Bollywood when it comes to the female gaze. It’s not the coy, bashful one of the Charulata kind but that of the blatant voyeur. Be it the towel-wrapped Ranbir Kapoor in Saawariya or the glisteningly-oiled Ranveer Singh, all rippling muscles as he bathes away in a scene here, it’s the male body that is stared at and celebrated through the heroine, and, in turn, the filmmaker’s eye view. We are certainly not complaining. ... full review

Thumbs up by Srijana Mitra Das, Times of India ...Bajirao-Mastani resembles Jodhaa-Akbar with teeth that bite, Mughal-e-Azam with shades of philosophical grey. It rediscovers roots to Maratha pride - and bravely confronts one of India's most crucial questions now. ... full review

So-So by Saumil Gandhi, Upper Stall ...This scene has so many small and big things done well. But it emblematic of everything that is right and wrong with Bajirao Mastani. It was great to look at but like most things in a film, it was a scene that did what it had to, and had no bearing on the remaining storyline. ... full review

Thumbs up by Dhriti Sharma, ZEENEWS.COM ...Without any boundaries and stepping back, SLB has worked his best entirely, in presenting to his audiences, the best of cinematic experience. The movie has a firm ground holding and has therefore risen to sky heights with its message and creativity.... full review