As i reached the theater yesterday, to watch one of the most awaited release of this year after a week of its release. The Film was an epic historical romance drama (That’s a long term). I had thought that the place would be half filled or half empty(if you are a pessimist), but what i encountered was a completely different scenario.
The theater was packed full with age ranging from tiny noise making machines to an old man who was having trouble walking and needed two men to walk. The temperature outside was around 10 degrees, but we all are sweating in the crowded waiting hall of the PVR. After 10 minutes of the scheduled time, the doors opened and no one knew that we had entered a time machine. As The movie starts In a clever disclaimer Director says that history has been altered to dramatize the story, which we can digest and which silenced the protesters.
From the first scene of the movie the director Sanjay Leela Bhansali grips the viewer with his enchanting sets, the haunting background music and a sequence to revise a little history of the characters. The movie stars Ranveer Singh as Bajirao, a Maratha Peshwa(i wonder if i spelled it correctly) , a legendary warrior who was famous for his ‘shastr’ and ‘shaastr’;Deepika Padukone as Mastani and Priyanka Chopra as Kashi.
If you look at it the plot is simple and small, yet complex at its core. I am happy and disappointed to tell you that i did not know anything about their historic story and i went in without knowing the plot and it was an amazing experience like an interactive fictional history lesson. So i wont be telling you anything about the plot. The script itself works very well and keeps a grip on its characters. The background score composed by Sanchit Balhara is well written and worthy of praise.
Sanjay Leela Bhansaali leaves his obsession of blue colour and gives us a cunning and a remarkable direction, the art direction and the camera work is mesmerizing. Some scenes were shot very beautifully and intricately build up to perfection. The use of flames and candles and diyas to light the movie was a great decision and makes every frame vibrant and gorgeous. The fighting scenes were also well directed while the CGI could have been a bit better .
The only thing which disappointed me were the songs composed by the producer and Director himself. The songs were ripoff of his previous movies and was lacking of originality. The Song Albela Sajan is used in his earlier movie ‘Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam’, and many other songs were similar in direction and choreography to the timeless classic Devdas.
A couple of songs are unnecessary to the plot and they destroys the grip of the story. Especially the song Pinga had a complete character turn of Deepika and Priyanka. The song was out of character for them. Another thing which made me a little uncomfortable was the lack of character development on many time gaps. In the movie there are various instances where years have passed which are shown by growing up of children. In these gaps except Bajirao, every character remains as they were before.
Bajirao Mastani in its epic proportions and all in its grandeur has a heart and has remarkable direction from Bhansali with exceptional acting from Ranveer and Deepika. Do not miss it
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