‘Bajirao Mastani’ reviews: What do critics think of Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s

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Based on the book Rau, Bajirao Mastani, tell the story of Maratha Warrior Bajirao Peshwa and his second wife Mastani.

Battling the controversies since before its release, the movie hit the theatres on Friday.

Here is what critics have to say about  Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s movie –

Film: Bajirao Mastani

Cast: Ranveer Singh, Deepika Padukone, Priyanka Chopra,

When you talk of unrequited love, it’s always Romeo-Juliet, Heer-Ranjha, Laila-Majnu and now thanks to Sanjay Leela Bhansali Bajirao-Mastani will be spoken about in the same breath. The director breathes life into the 18th-century love story of the Maratha warrior Peshwa Bajirao (Ranveer Singh) and his second wife Mastani (Deepika Padukone). Mastani’s tussle with his mother (Tanvi Azmi) and his first wife Kashibai (Priyanka Chopra).

In the Bhansali tradition, Bajirao Mastani does scream opulence; what with those fountains, chandeliers and drapes, and the headgears and jewellery that seem to weigh the actors down. There are many nods to Raja Ravi Varma kitsch with some scenes seeming straight out of his art. The extravagant setting is backed by a stylised operatic narrative, song ‘n dance set-pieces, declamatory dialogue, and emotions that are forever heightened. Crowds are in perfect geometry even as feelings are carefully choreographed. Notice how well Bajirao’s teardrop is orchestrated in the scene where he blows the lamps off and bids a sad farewell to his betrayed first wife Kashibai. One dramatic confrontation follows another. In fact, the confrontations, the argumentative characters, their high-strung interactions, and emotions are relentless. There is not a moment of silence. Even when there is, the pounding background music takes over.

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