When Art and Cinema take over logical thinking, practical issues, worldly problems and every other thing remotely connected to reasoning, a Bajirao Mastani is produced. But then who can make it more majestic and opulent than Sanjay Leela Bhansali?
Bajirao Mastani no doubt is a delight to watch. It is like a lyrical ballad. You are lost in the backdrop of a historical fiction. Amazing art direction, sets and cinematography find an effortless space in Bhansali’s hands. And till the time you do not feel the need to cross question the reasoning behind what is happening, you find yourself blend with the soul of the film.
Deepika Padukone tried hard to act the way she was supposed to. But she could barely justify her selection for this role. She somehow failed to add the grace and dignity in Mastani. On the other hand, Priyanka Chopra’s effortless acting skills are just outstanding. The kind of role she had been assigned, there were big chances of her going unnoticed in the film but then, that’s PC. Three cheers to you girl! You have proven once again why you are so admired. Ranveer Singh has once again proved his mettle in the role of Peshwa with the right amount of grace and attitude. Especially the slang, the Marathi tone in which he did his dialogue delivery was remarkable.
Analysing the storyline, there is one major setback in the film. The story begins with depicting both Deepika and Ranveer as warriors. But slowly, both of them shrink down to molten pieces of love stricken souls. The warrior in them fades away towards the end.
Also it is interesting how Kaashi (Priyanka Chopra) evolves as a character in the film. She does not violently react to her husband’s extra-marital affair, nor does she meekly accept it. Very humbly she asks Bajirao to move out of her room (basically her life) and never come back there again. She had the power to walk out of an unfruitful relationship. A no nonsense person as she was, she made sure that her decisions are not governed by emotions. She even went ahead to procure the orders for the permission of Mastani’s release from the jail to help Bajirao recover from his fatal ailment.
Overall, it is a film that should be watched for its grandeur of beauty, for its larger than life depiction of love and for the extremity of emotions. You will be transported to a different world which is similar to ours. The times are different but the problems are same. The ways are different but nuances are same. The hypocrite society trapped in false notions of religion and morals pace up the story and build the drama of the so needed revolt in love. And as the hurricane of love rises, it sweeps everything on its way. What remain in the end are the impressions it leaves for decades and centuries. It leaves behind a hangover of love – a love which is greater and more powerful than everything else in this world.
Shivani Gupta is a poet, writer, film-maker, photographer and a creative communication expert. She has completed her Masters in Mass Communication from Jamia Miia Islamia University and is the co-founder of Pakhi Weddings. You can connect with her on Facebook and Twitter.