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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.
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?
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"
- meeta, a part of the audience
“One person can be in love with two people at the same time.” “Women are empowered and can hold their own.” “Religion shouldn't be the basis for love or war.” - Each one of these is a bold theme for one film to take on by itself. Bajirao Mastani takes it all on together and does justice to all of them.
Film aside, I am in awe that these themes were picked up in real life, a few centuries ago. I hope this is how it all happened. I hope this is how Bajirao Peshwa was – not only a valiant leader, but also stood up for his women and when necessary stood up against them too; fought his wars but was absolutely clear about why he was fighting them – not for religion. I wonder when we regressed. I wonder what problem anyone would have in believing that the man and the women were as they were portrayed here. aso (so be it.)
Such strong personalities - each one of them. Once you get over the each-frame-a-beautiful-canvas visuals that are typical of Bhansali films, you are taken over by the characters. The frames stay beautiful, of course, just that the three main leads weave an interesting web. Mastani (Deepika Padukone), the strong-willed woman consumed by love – yes some women are like that, then and now. Bajirao (Ranveer Singh), known as India's greatest warrior also fell in love and not just once, his vulnerability exposed ever-so slightly. And Kashibai (Priyanka Chopra) – wow! What a lady! Hurting yet holding her pride.
Priyanka Chopra is an easy winner in this one. Maybe she is relegated to the background for most of the film. But in a couple of “her” scenes – she makes you forget it is her and holds you in awe of Kashibai where you feel her pain too. Deepika Padukone and Ranveer Singh come across as just pretty people when held against her. They do well, but you begin to notice how after a point they have to hold just one expression. Ranveer Singh overacts a tad bit and has an inconsistent accent. Not that these lapses are intolerable but they make you wonder how much better the performance would have been without.
There were other things that took away from the film. Like the songs, especially the one with the Peshwa celebrating. No, whether or not they happened all those years ago, whether or not it offends anyone - at least one or two of them should've been cut out – they should've stayed out because they just made the film longer. There were times when the film came across as a saas-bahu1 soap opera, but I guess this was a family drama of its own kind.
The time lapses were distracting too. Too many times, the narrative moved from one character to another without a smooth flow. Looks like Mr. Bhansali had a lot more shot and had to be cruel on the editing table. Another distraction came with the Marathi words thrown in, isn't it just fine that they are speaking in Hindi in a Hindi film? Then there was the preachy closing – why-o-why?
Of course, even when put together these aberrations are not huge enough to take away from what's good about the film. Magnificent visuals apart, Bajirao Mastani might be a version of history that I wish is true.
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1 TV soap operas revolving around petty family politics.
- meeta, a part of the audience
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
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 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
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 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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Yuvraj_Sehgal: Bajirao mastani, what a brilliant piece of art. Great acting by ranveer singh and Deepika padukone.
vyas_vidhi: Just came from treater #bajirao mastani rock @RanveerOfficial @priyankachopra @deepikapadukone love u all...well done.
Vishank_: Ranveer Blew my mind in Bajirao Mastani. From Ranveer's critic I have become his fan.Priyanka touched my heart once again.Whatta performer!
VirajNilakh: Watch bajirao mastani instead.. It's an treat to the eyes.. Story of a great warrior and tragic love story #DilwaleWorldWideHit
vijaychouuhan: Nice acting in bajirao mastani great
UmeshYa27588: Bajirao Mastani is great movie, I like its very much.
ud_chopra: Bajirao Mastani an epic movie : must watch ....
tsid9: Bajirao Mastani - Terrific . Brilliant performances and great presentation
tiara_gopal: saw #Bajirao Mastani @RanveerOfficial is d best actor in Bollywood..acting is just perfect & mesmerizing....
tanisha_soji: bajirao mastani is a hit movie..woohoooooooooooo.......dilwale is a flop
s_navroop: Irrespective of Historical Perspective; one must go & watch Bajirao Mastani for the shere Direction, Cinematography & Acting.
swatibalodi99: bajirao mastani rocks!!!
SubhashGhai1: People who love big screen cinema must experience -Bajirao Mastani-Kudos 2 ranveer Deepika Priyanka n SANJAY one man show by @Bhansali_Prod
stevie_g132: Watched Bajirao Mastani with my cousins...Awesome movie,amazing dialogues and brilliant performances by @RanveerOfficial @deepikapadukone
sristee44: Personally I loved Bajirao Mastani more than Dilwale. Dilwale is like the typical Rohit Shetty film. Nothing too special.
sonii_4sure: There are so many memorable scenes from Bajirao Mastani which feels so good to remember!
singh1659: Bajirao mastani - A true love story of a great leader & warrior,,nice movie love it.. Nice option To see instead of dilwale
singer_shaan: Absolutely Loved Bajirao Mastani!!! Still heavily hungover from the Magic!!# SLB @priyankachopra @deepikapadukone @RanveerOfficial
sib_sibby: Bajirao Mastani is such a beautiful experience. I'm still thinking about how majestic it all was. It just refuses to leave my mind
shreemiverma: Liked Bajirao Mastani even more in my second viewing. Ranveer se shaadi karado meri please.
Shivramsharma16: Good acting in bajirao mastani
sexorciiism: BAJIRAO MASTANI WAS SOOOO GOOD
sensandipan: Loved SLB's dream Bajirao Mastani.Ranveer shines like a diamond.Amazing portrayal Deepika,Priyanka shine too.SLB even makes Milind Soman act
sawantganesh331: "BAJIRAO MASTANI" THE OSM MOVIE,LOVED ONE
sanjayg150786: #Must watch# Bajirao mastani
samsharma45: Bajirao mastani is a osm movie nd vat a acting by all lead actors
Sajid71409191: Ranveer in Bajirao Mastani was magic . Performance of the year :)
sagarcasm: Awed by @RanveerOfficial's performance in Bajirao Mastani. What a great work on his accent, expressions and dance.
rohit_nakhwa: Honestly saying, for the first time liked @RanveerOfficial movie Hattss Off to all
ranveercafe69: It's a big achievement for Bajirao Mastani that it is doing such business despite the clash with Shahrukh Khan’s masala entertainer film- BA
RahulKo81752678: Bajirao mastani outstanding movie incredible
PuranPolli: Watched bajirao mastani. Its just good.
ProudRanveerian: I think Bajirao Mastani is one of those movies that needs to be watched multiple times in order to be really understood/appreciated
priyranjan2: #Cheeteh ki chaal, baaz ki nazar aur Bajirao ki talvar par sandeh nahi karte .. kabhi bhi maat de sakti hai Bajirao Mastani make my Sunday.
Priya732809791: Bajirao Mastani winning hearts..
preetsolicious: Bajirao Mastani with @nurafiqahmalek simply simply breathtakingly amazing! ❤️
Pooja04388: Just watched Bajirao Mastani @RanveerOfficial rockssss....
philipv1992: Bajirao Mastani! One word..AMAZING! "Bajirao ne Mastani se mohabbat ki hai...ayyashi nahi!"@RanveerOfficial @deepikapadukone @priyankachopra
Nitinkesarkar1: Watched Bajirao Mastani... SLB sir great job
nikita_928: BajiRao Mastani was soo hella good
nikgoonerette7: Though the Movie is named Bajirao Mastani, Kashibai's character is what overshadows the title itself. Beautiful acting by @priyankachopra
navinwin7: today, i watched bajirao-mastani it's has nice costume,set location more far than nice music and story so plz one time u shld watch this
navinbhatialax: Bajirao Mastani actually makes you appreciate religion as the greatest evil ever experienced by mankind in life.
nafisaaliindia: I wish both Film super success & happy that my week is full of amazing cinema 'Dilwale ' & 'Bajirao Mastani '
MohitVe93009187: God bless to Bajirao Mastani....... its really an awesome film..!!!!!!
mohitbisht8: #DilwaleWorldWideHit best dialouge of bajirao mastani ऐ मूर्खः लगाम दिखती नहीं पर जबान पे होनी चाहिए ..समझला : बाजीराव awesome movie
mharo_rajasthan: RT sagarcasm: Awed by RanveerOfficial's performance in Bajirao Mastani. What a great work on his accent, expressions and dance.
MediaCooks: Bajirao Mastani must watch
mathubalan: Talk about ending the year with a bomb! Bajirao Mastani is the best movie of the year. @RanveerOfficial @deepikapadukone @priyankachopra
Manan54mania: Bajirao Mastani is epic
KaranGhai10: Bajirao mastani was an awesome movie @RanveerOfficial @priyankachopra @deepikapadukone you guyz killed it Superb actors proud to have u❤
kamboj_namita: Awesome movie by Sanjay Leela Bhansali.. True love story of Bajirao Mastani nice acting by Ranveer Singh, lotz of Luv 2 Deepika n Priyanka
KainatSachdev: Still in Awe of #BajiraoMastani. Kudos to SlB for such perfection.
i_hkuna_matata: Stunning Kashi ... Brave mastani.... Bold energetic bajirao peshwa.... Fabulous Bajirao-Mastani. #RanveerOfficial
IVivekPandey: Bajirao Mastani ~ Bhansali's best movie so far....
iistutii: Bajirao Mastani Winning Hearts
gupta9199: " Bajirao mastani "awesome movies. Real love story ........nice role play by ......ranvir, deepika & priyanka.....
gulzarhossain7: bajirao mastani move supar hit hoga
GeniekiJasmine: Bajirao Mastani ! ❤ @RanveerOfficial No words, Sir !
fatimatunio: I watched bajirao mastani today it's amazing!All the actors did very well superb story❤ @deepikapadukone @priyankachopra @RanveerOfficial
DPCRAZEN1001: SLB Vision Ranveer's Perfection Deepika's Beautiful & Priyanka's Mesmerizing act makes Bajirao Mastani a Wonderful Cinematic Experience
designer2cad: #DilwaleWorldWideHit wrong its publicity . truly bajirao mastani is hit .
chandrika_ravi: Bajirao Mastani was amazing. Sanjay Leela Bansali is a genius. Cast, costume, music, script, sets.. Everything was just amazing. ❤️❤️❤️
BombayVintage_: Watched Bajirao Mastani yesterday. Mindblown.
Bibhuti67922977: People should go for # bajirao mastani ..not for # dilwale...
Being_SAi143: Bajirao Mastani Wht a creative & wht a movie.. Hatts of you Sanjay Leela BansaLi..
AshishSantosh1: Watched yesterday Bajirao Mastani, congratulations! For your splendid performance, you lived the Bajirao character! You were awesome
ArvindsinghKus5: Watched Bajirao mastani, superb movie love you @deepikapadukone @RanveerOfficial
annebelle_123: Watched Bajirao Mastani yesterday. Honestly, one of the best movie experiences I've ever had.
anks816: Finally.... A nice Movie #Bajirao_Mastani
AmarJassal: Saw Bajirao Mastani... I have never seen a film like this ever...Its a BRILLIANT movie..
akshay_chhadi: amazing movie. bajirao mastani wining heart
abhinav1126: Take a bow! Bajirao Mastani is another fabulous gem in Cinema with fantastic performance. Kudos to Team
abhijith_sai: Saw Bajirao Mastani ... Epic movie... It is Jodha Akbar for Hrthik Roshan then Bajirao Mastani for Ranveer Singh.
aakashparmar_: Hate story jevi bakwash movie jovase Pn bajirao mastani jevi superb movie na jovay stupid peoples #Bajirao11CrFirstDay @BMmovieFC
WiillyWanka: Truly magnificent sets in Bajirao Mastani,Deepika looks like a million suvarna mudra. Alright acting,forgettable music, and a fuckall script
Medusachurail: Bajirao mastani isn't that bad
kalamkarshrini: Bajirao-Mastani,Its ok to see as a drama
gauravindoriya: Watched Bajirao mastani..Bit Disappointed..decent Movie..neither too Good Nor vry Bad...Slow pace is biggest drawback of Movie..
egbertconrad: Watch Bajirao Mastani. I can't bear to sit through Bollywood films but i had no regrets about having wasted 3 hours of my life with this one
sumitsingh7787: Bajirao mastani ney mujhe 2hrs pura baànd kr rakha Dilwale key interval Mey bagna chahta PR dosto ke respect ke liye nahi gya
SonuKum07875095: Do not west your money on bajirao mastani movie its a bouring movie of 2015
rudraprahari: Watched bajirao mastani , ek yodha ko second half me keval laundiyabaaj bana k rakh diya
NishantRanjan4: bajirao mastani is a stinky piece of shit >_< :\
Horcruxy: But Bajirao mastani is too long n def not a light hearted ent.. Its way too serious n very heavy. (2/2)
DMehroz: Bajirao Mastani k dialogues hi nae smjh arhy bc.
anindya123: Dont go to bajirao mastani for a lesson in history. Its just a trajic love story not facts
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