Six years of Bajirao Mastani: Bhansali’s saga of unrequited love

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The romantic period drama showcasing the historic love between Bajirao and Mastani completed six years of its release. Ranveer Singh played the role of Peshwa Bajirao, Deepika Padukone played the role of Mastani and Priyanka Chopra Jonas played the role of Bajirao’s first wife, Kashibai. Director Sanjay Leela Bhansali graced the movie with larger than life grandeur. It was not only a blockbuster hit but the iconic movie gave the audiences some heartwarming scenes. The movie can still be binge watched with all the emotions still hitting at the right places.

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Ranveer’s bald look grooving with all the swag won hearts with some iconic dialogues. Right from the moment when he was asked to prove his eligibility in the court and he proved himself with both his verbal wit and warfare skills to the moment when he declared his love openly for Mastani, he was a hero who ruled in the hearts of the audience.

Mastani was a strong headed woman and like all Bhansali’s heroines she was fierce and a passionate lover. She confessed her love for Peshwa Bajirao in front of Chatrapati unfearful of the consequences and difficulties it would bring along. Bajirao was unaware of his unusual wedding with Mastani that happened on the exchange of dagger. She on the other hand respected that custom and came all the way along to Pune from Bundelkhand to fulfill her love. She was a warrior who saved Bajirao‘s life in the battleground and fought like a lioness for the safety of her child. Deepika’s eyes were in conversation with the camera throughout and her acting skills were extraordinary.

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The moment of conversation between Deepika and Priyanka, where Kashibai accepts Mastani with grace and aching rage filled the heart with pain. One could connect with that moment of sharing your beloved with another person. Bhansali epitomised female kinship through both their characters. In the last part of the movie when Bajirao was craving Mastani‘s presence, Kashi showed Queenly grace and fought to bring Mastani out of the wrongful detention to save her husband’s life. She could see the love of her life be madly in love with another woman yet she maintained her dignity. She bursted out in pain to Bajirao and mentioned how he broke her pride yet she never stooped low to use any unfair way to separate them.

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Bajirao and Mastani didn’t have a happily ever after but the way their love story was portrayed a new definition of love was created. Bhansali showed that even unrequited love is fulfilling. Even after six years we can humm, “Tujhe Yaad Kar Liya Hain Aayat Ki Tarah” (I have remembered you like a holy scripture) in the memory of a love that accepted death together and might have completed itself in the afterlife.

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