Bajirao Mastani is an Indian historical romance film based on the love story between Maratha warrior Peshwa (Prime Minister) Bajirao I and his second wife Mastani. Wikipedia
Bajirao Mastani Reviews
Ultimately you can’t help being overwhelmed by Sudeep Chatterjee’s eye-watering frames, and the elegant production design. Bhansali delivers a film that’s artistic but exhausting.
The grandiosity wears off. You long for a genuinely moving, exciting story, featuring all these beautiful people, all actors able to pull off characters, but buried under their mounds of clothes, mouthing dialogue. ‘Bajirao Mastani’ had the potential to be a terrific historical. What it ends up being is a costume drama: too many costumes, too much revved-up, empty drama, and too little story.
This is a giant film, a magnum opus drunk on its own magnum-ity, and it is perfectly clear early on, as the narrative races out the gate and gauntlets are flung up in the air and shot through with arrows, that a film like this can only work as opera.
If you appreciate Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s opulence and grandeur, this won’t disappoint. It can be a good one-time watch, for Deepika’s performance, if not anything else.
A melodramatic climax aside, the film is undoubtedly a quality product, Bhansali always ensures that. But what makes it fall just short of excellence is the lack of the journey within. We never get inside the characters, especially Bajirao’s, a man who is caught in the fierce dilemma between the heart and the state. We only see the events unfold on screen one after another. It is Bhansali tipping his jewel-encrusted hat off to an epic love story in Maratha folklore. But a glimpse of the mind would have made the picture complete.
Bajirao Mastani is for those that think history is boring. There isn't a dull moment in this colourful and dramatic film that embraces excess with unabashed abandon.
Bajirao-Mastani resembles Jodhaa-Akbar with teeth that bite, Mughal-e-Azam with shades of philosophical grey. It rediscovers roots to Maratha pride - and bravely confronts one of India's most crucial questions now. Quickly 'chala' to the biggest screen you can find.
Despite all its faults, “Bajirao Mastani” is propped up by the performances of Singh and Chopra; and for that alone, it’s worth a watch. Just forget your history lessons inside the theatre.
A film for lovers. Especially those who didn't get a happy ending.
In all, Bajirao Mastani is an experience. And one that needs to be savoured in a theatre.
Not Deepika, Ranveer Singh and Priyanka Chopra lace this film with their brilliant performances. Watch the film for Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s artistic vision and definitely Ranveer’s career-best act.
...a cinematic gem that you just cannot miss. Tremendous performances, deft direction, power-packed screenwriting and dialogue, melodious soundtrack and of course, the lavish mounting -- this film has it all. Strongly recommended!
Despite being trifle overwrought and over-indulgent, Sanjay Bhansali excels as a storyteller as well as a director. One can’t help but marvel at his unflinching passion, exemplary precision, and irrefragable finesse. ‘Bajirao Mastani’ is arguably his finest work after ‘Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam’.
Had Sanjay Leela Bhansali substantiated the love factor and the reasons behind its growing so strong — instead of unnecessary occasions coupled with song and dance, especially the “Dola re Dola” sequel “Pinga” — Bajirao Mastani could have been a parallel to Jodha-Akbar.
Bajirao Mastani will also be remembered for its production design and costumes. The level of detailing in the film’s visuals is awe-inspiring. The camerawork and SLB’s vision for grandeur create a mirage of excellence on screen. SLB’s music is not only influential it’s emotional and touching. Rarely do Hindi movies look like they belong on a world stage. Bajirao Mastani is definitely a strong contender for that spot. It’s definitely one of the year’s best.
Bajirao Mastani celebrates love, life, the longing of a man torn between three women (including his mother), his loyalty and his helplessness when faced with religious diktats! Bajirao Mastani also celebrates the mood of the moment!
Audience Reviews for Bajirao Mastani
Delving into the searing historical love...
Peshwa Bajirao I was a great Maratha emperor whose love life is a known story, but highly unsung and losing context when it comes to his conquests, so our dear Bhansali created a visually stunning film with dazzling costumes and a sense of extravagance set in Medieval times, when the love of a Rajput-Muslim princess Mastani Bai and a Brahmin-Maratha patron-commander Bajirao Ballal, blossomed. From soundtrack to performances, everything was fun in this film, and none looked too good to be true. Clearly, Bhansali reflected upon a fine gem inside him. Priyanka Chopra is praiseworthy, outperforming Ranveer Singh and Deepika Padukone (Bajirao and Mastani) as Kashibai (Bajirao’s wife).
The visuals by Sudeep Chatterjee and the costumes amounted by Maxima Basu are amazingly stunning and they please the crowd in an interesting manner. But no one does it more than the master, Bhansali, himself. I am going with 4 stars out of 5 for 'Bajirao Mastani'. Watch it for its sheer visuals, sheer presence of mind.
expeted more fightings scenes,finally ends in dramatic way
Though Feels Melodramatic & Dragging At Times With A Unconvincing Ending. But It Is SLB's Vision & Story Which Makes It Interesting.The Production Design & Sets Are Very Well Made.Fight Sequences Should Have Been Better.Ranveer Singh Is Exceptional As Bajirao Especially In The 1st Half.Deepika Somewhat Fades Away In Front Of Strong Performance Of Ranveer & Priyanka.Ending Is A Typical SLB Style Which We Have Seen In His Earlier Films.Don't Know How Much Accuracy There Is, But I Liked The Story & The Film As Well..SLB Makes Many Reference To Devdas & Mughal-E-Azam In It.Songs Like Malhari & Pinga Are Disappointment.
Visually sumptuous, powerfully acted, yet emotionally underwhelming!!! Still, it has a lot going for it.