Bajirao Mastani

Bajirao, the young Peshwa commander-in-chief of the Marathas is living a successful & happily married life. He has experience of battle & is a good leader.

He falls in love with a Muslim woman, Mastani, & the script goes the usual way. His mother, wife, friends, trusted lieutenants & his community, does not accept the new woman in Bajirao’s life.

Bajirao loves his wife, but he also loves Mastani. He wants both. Society cannot permit this. Even though Bajirao is a powerful man, he loses with the community.

The result is as expected. Bajirao loses interest in his work, shirks his duties & Mastani is alone, with her bastard son.

The script is classic. Love, which  results in marriage, brings joy & happiness. Love, which does not lead to togetherness leads to destruction.

This is a story of passion & love. The background is different & a visual treat.

Sanjay Leela Bhansali has tried to better Mughal-e-Azam, Devdas & Jodhaa Akbar. The sets, battle scenes, costumes are excellent & artistic. The dances are good.

But the affair with Mastani is tepid. There is no great romance or lust. If this treatment was better, the viewers may have been on the lovers’ side. This does not happen.

Sanjay’s heart is in the right place & this is a great film.

The movie is certainly worth watching again & again as there is a magic in the Marathi/Hindi dialogues; it is a visual delight.