Bajirao Mastani has already garnered enough attention before its release, and we’re not talking about the star cast, costumes or scale. The historical drama narrates the story of the Maratha warrior Peshwa Bajirao I and his second wife Mastani, and Sanjay Leela Bhansali has been running into rough waters for quite sometime now, whether it’s for the film’s script or its authenticity. After a difficult casting with actors backing out of the project for years, Bhansali finally managed to rope in Ranveer Singh, Deepika Padukone and Priyanka Chopra as titular protagonists.
But despite its grandeur, it has come under a critical eye for many reasons. Bhansali, it seems, has taken cue from all his earlier films to make a bhel-puri in this one as well. No wonder Bajirao Mastani lacks any kind of originality. We wonder how it will go down with fans, who aren’t being able to digest many things about the film. Let’s take a look.
1. The script lacks authenticity.
When Bajirao’s kin recently wrote an open letter to Bhansali asking whether he had done any kind of research at all before making this film, some major discrepancies in the script came to light. So much so, that the Peshwa family filed a legal objection to the way their lineage has been depicted in the film.
“This is not fiction, Mr. Bhansali. You have portrayed real people who have been recorded in history. The Peshwas ruled for ore than 100 years. Did you do any research at all? Did you, for instance, understand the life and times of people in the 1700s? Do you know and understand their behavioural pattern?”
2. Pinga is strikingly similar to the Dola Re song from Devdas.
Just like eyebrows were raised when Madhuri and Aishwarya danced to ‘Dola Re’ inDevdas, everyone’s reacting similarly to the song ‘Pinga’. Many said Paro and Chandramukhi never met, hence a dance number between them was completely fictional. Now, several historians are also pointing out that Bajirao’s two wives, Kashibai and Mastani, also met only once in their lifetime, and formally at that. They kept such a distance that a song together was impossible. But it seems Bhanslai is ready to re-write historical facts to get his actresses in the same frame. Let’s leave aside the furor ‘Pinga’ generated for it choreography and undesired elements.
3. Bajirao’s wife Kashibai would not indulge in singing and dancing due to health reasons.
According to reports, Kashibai, played by Priyanka, suffered from tuberculosis and arthritis. Hence, she had a limp. However, Priyanka is shown getting into heavy dancing in the film. The kin of Bajirao also claim that Kashibai would never get into a dance routine even if she was healthy, because that was not in their culture.
4. Malhari reminds us of Tattad Tattad.
The Bajirao Mastani track seems to be an end product of the Ram-Leela song. Whether it’s the dance steps or the boy gang, everything is on the same scale. While ‘Malhari’ is a victory dance that highlights the male protagonist’s masculinity, ‘Tattad Tattad’ brought out the flamboyance of the actor too. And mind you, both had the same Ranveer Singh. Do we need any more similarity?
5. Deewani Mastani recreated the Sheesh Mahal from Mughal-e-Azam.
Bhansali even created a set called the Aena Mahal on the lines of the mirror that covered the set of the iconic Mughal-e-Azam. Around 20,000 mirrors were handpicked by Bhansali himself from Jaipur, and intricately put together. It took over 45 days to make it. And that’s not all. The song ‘Deewani Mastani’ which has been shot on this set has similar reflection shots as that of the eternal Madhubala in the cult song ‘Jab Pyaar Kiya To Darna Kya’.
6. Bajirao Mastani will also remind you of Salman-Ash from HDDCS.
Bhansali initially wanted to make the film with Salman Khan and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan. But situations, not hidden from the world and a fallout too many led to Ranveer and Deepika walking in the script after 12 years! But Bhansali’s love for his first choice remained. We hear Ranveer and Deepika will recreate the chemistry of Salman and Aishwarya from the song ‘Albela Sajan Aayo Re’ from the film Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam. Salman, however, confessed to missing out being a part of the film.
“I feel unfortunate that I am not a part of the historic drama” – Salman Khan
7. Adman Bharat Dabholkar has also criticised Bhansali for diverting from the facts.
The adman and actor has made fun of Bhansali for the historical inaccuracies found in the film. He wrote a satirical piece on Facebook where he took a dig at the director and how he modulated Peshwa Bajirao’s love story to suit his vision. It seems Bhansali’s bucket of woes is overflowing by the day.
8. Bajirao and Mastani’s descendants also expressed disapproval at ‘vulgar portrayal’ of the love story.
The two families jointly put forward objections to the depiction of their ancestors in the period drama. While they said they do not demand a ban on the film, they however wished for certain scenes to be deleted. They said Bhansali took “cinematic liberty and distorted historical figures”. They even opposed a certain dialogue of Ranveer Singh in the film, calling it downright vulgar and shameful.
“Bajirao ne Mastani se mohobbat ki hai, ayyashi nahi ki.”
And if you thought Bajirao Mastani’s release date clashing with SRK-Kajol starrerDilwale was enough trouble for Bhansali, you might understand why we’ve been calling this film jinxed. 12 years into the making and it has been facing trouble at every step. We just hope its opening at the box office goes smooth.
Taken from : http://www.indiatimes.com/entertainment/bollywood/8-things-about-bajirao-mastani-that-are-setting-off-fireworks-248080.html
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