Saturday, December 19, 2015

Bajirao Mastani (2015) - Review

The beauty and grandiose of Bajirao Mastani is to be revelled in, one frame at a time. Every frame is picturesque, a piece of art that even director Sanjay Leela Bhansali can never recreate.

Bajirao Mastani is a tale of love of the legendary Maratha warrior Peshwa Bajirao (Ranveer Singh) and his second wife, daughter of Raja Chatrasaal of Bundelkhand, Mastani (Deepika Padukone). And like most Bhansali films, the splendidly stylized execution takes precedence over the narrative. It's breathtakingly cinematographed, technically sharp and near impeccably performed. 

Deepika Padukone looks gorgeous than ever (her dazzling costumes offering enough distraction) and plays Mastani with grace and poise. She beautifully compliments her real-life beau Ranveer Singh, who's lucky to have been offered a wide variety of roles (from Band Baaja Baraat, Lootera, Ram Leela to Bajirao Mastani) in such a short span of time and proved his mettle in each one with ingenuity and earnestness. He effortlessly transitions from light to aggressive scenes. 

Priyanka Chopra as the dutiful, doting wife (Kashi) evolves into a woman of dignity and self-respect. Her unconditional love for Bajirao despite his shifting loyalties shows her strength of character. Even in a scant role, her performance is powerful enough to get the viewer to empathize for her loss.  

Her song Pinga with Deepika was such a misfit though. Musically, it might not be one of Bhansali's best, but Shreya Goshal deserves a special mention for her unmatchable vocals in Deewani. Aayat by Arijit Singh and Aaj Ibaadat by Javed Bashir are other compositions worth listening to, though I'm not sure when the latter played in the film.

The climax brings together every emotion - suppression, aggression, helplessness in a beautiful culmination to this epic drama. 
I'm not sure I can see it again but it's definitely worth watching once for all its grandeur and visual glory. And if you decide to see it, do it on the big screen!

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