Bajirao Mastani Movie Review: An impeccable turret of moviemaking with a twisted storyline

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Though an elucidated disclaimer says that the story depicts the life of Bajirao Peshva and his love story revolving around Mastani, and that the real events have been changed as per the need, for the purpose of storytelling; it doesn’t make up for wrong idealizing of what Peshva stood for. It’s like saying, “I’m writing a story based on your life and showing you as a man who brought shame on your family.” Now, isn’t that fiction? Technically, yes it is. But, since I’ve used your name and portrayed your character through my writing, the whole story points out one name and it’s yours, and in it you’re a bad person. So yeah, by doing that, I am throwing mud at you. To make myself clear, by altering the real events the writer has in fact done an offense.

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I don’t know how many people from India have known about Bajirao Peshva, but its distressing to know that people have resorted to believing the story of the film and have painted an image, that’s by far, isn’t anything like Bajirao. So, other than the manipulation of the story and exploiting the whole Peshva house, the storyline for the film has been neat. The most salient and virtuous aspect on paper are the dialogues. They are the backbone of how the Maratha’s used to live, communicate and rule. They are the embodiment and the structure of the Maratha’s. Prakash Kapadia, who also assisted in writing the screenplay of the film Katyar Kaljat Ghusli, has also penned down few poetic lines, which increase the magnificence beyond praise.

When it comes to directing a historical film, a great responsibility is on the shoulders of the director. More than actors, he needs to be prepared for the guiding the actors, the etiquettes and the manner in which they are supposed to maneuver and act. Personally, I’ve never seen a director so blended in directing a historical love story. His direction cannot be criticized.

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And when it comes to acting, Ranveer Singh has left an impact so sturdy, as if it has been engraved on my heart. A fabulous piece of acting from him and it shows. The scene of the last battle, when he walks alone into the army of the opposition and decapitates and destroys a major part of it, is when you’ll realize, you’ve seen something magnificent which cannot be forgotten.

Portraying Mastani, Deepika Padukone has given the performance of her lifetime. She is the dandiest in the film and gives the best judgement to her role. Priyanka Chopra, after her recent success in American T.V. series, Quantico, is captivating beyond measure. Saying that this character played by her is tough, is an understatement. She is a treat to watch.

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The Final Word:

With picturesque cinematography and mesmerizing acting, the film directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali touches the heart, though manipulating the story does not do any good. Gathering all the resources and conjuring a movie, which only focuses on the love story of a man, is not a biography but only an aspect of one’s life and I invite the youth (of at least our country) to think before believing some apocryphal stories. Showing Peshva dancing, or Kashibai and Mastani dancing together with their sarees wore below the belly button cannot be fathomed or forgotten. There are many flaws in respect of the story and the references made, but the worst thing is, they’ve created a fiction on the life of Bajirao Peshva; the Savior of Sanatan dharma.

So for this particular movie I’m going to implement a different rating system.

My Rating:

Acting: 5/5.

Directing: 4.5/5.

Materials or references used: 1.5/5.

Story: 0.5/5.

Overall rating: 0.5/5.

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The truth of my experience of ‘Katyar Kaljat Ghusli’: Movie Review

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Words evade my mind and my hands feel numb as I sit to write about this spell bounding experience I had while watching the adaptation of ‘Musical- Katyar Kaljat Ghusli’. With the abundance of an auteur writer Purushottam Darvekar, a great personality in the world of music- Jitendra Abhisheki and an actor and singer- Dr. Vasantrav Deshpande, the play, “Sangeet Katyar Kaljat Ghusli” was premiered in 1967. This play was showered love and support and the viewer got completely immersed in it. It had a great run from its inception till now and Subodh Bhave decided to make it into a movie.

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Most people who are accustomed to watching Marathi plays or live in a very religious/musical ambience, must have heard the virtuoso of Abhisheki buva crooning to classical music. The emotions it brings out, are, to be honest, unexplainable. After listening to his songs, I know the power of music. It is that blessing endowed to humans, which puts our life into transition. It has been already said by somebody that many good scripts come and go every day, but an invincible, sensible and thought provoking script is a rare one. It would have indeed been the case when Purushottam Darvekar wrote this story. The screenplay for the movie was written by Prakash Kapadia, who has been a part of many accomplished projects, Devdas, Black and Bajirao Mastani (yet to release) being some of them.

Like the story, screenplay and dialogues were not good enough, comes Subodh Bhave’s directorial debut with this film. I knew the film was going to be awesome, but it was Subodh Bhave who with his extreme efforts and knack for filmmaking has taken the movie so high. I do not see any film coming near it and overtaking the prestigious place that it has engraved on my heart. A little something from the movie still lingers even now and it has been through sheer efforts of this whole team. The film also includes seventeen songs, each filled with the aura of classical music. I cannot help but think about how the composers (Abhisheki buva & Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy) composed this musical elixir. A good thing I felt about the songs was, that was no actor changed the voices for every coming song.

Subodh Bhave like always has been much of a dominating actor and an attention capturer in movies. His simplicity, retained over by his character in the movie is captivating.

Shankar Mahadevan as Panditji was a brilliant strategy which to its fullest. It is evident that the singer can act very well through his maiden performance.

Sachin Pilgaonkar as Khansaheb was equally connecting. He has outperformed in every way he could. He was mesmerizing and was a target of being hated, because of his believable, but very sophisticated act.

Mrinmayee Deshpande, Amrita Khanvilkar & Sakshi Tanwar were absolutely marvelous. Even the actors who played the characters of the King and queen, evoked the right emotions. This is a movie where every actor has given invigorating performances.

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The Final Word:

It’s a disappointment, that this movie has got only four shows in Goa.  But that’s all that gets under the, negatives of this movie. I think it was the best movie of all time. You should not miss it for the world. I wish to watch it again and again and again.

From every film that I’ve watched this year, this was the best for me.

My rating 5/5.

This is the trailer, watch it if you haven’t: