Happy Disclaimer: This is not a movie review and though this was written shortly after watching the movie, not a word has been edited. The movie has won perhaps all the awards yet did not feel even the slightest urge to change whatever little I served here about it.
When a match opens up with a six, expectations are set sky high and when a wicket goes down in first over, you feel cheated. So did happen with Bajirao Mastani where the opening scene was nothing short of a royal painting. Everything was exquisite, from the set to the costumes to the background score; everything is lavish and pleasing (typical Bhansali). Ranveer like a true master did it. But all the strokes ended right there, with a few saviors in the end to salvage. The chemistry between Bajirao and Mastani failed to creep in through at all. The movie gets lost at all levels. One does not even get to the chemistry, leave about appreciating it.
While the internet is being flooded with accolades for Deepika (for attires, looks and so on) for Bajirao Mastani, I for once find it hard to digest. She is looking mesmerizing, credit to that Godly aura of hers, but in the movie on a complete scale where you weigh acting first, she fails to grab an eyeball.
What came as a total surprise was Priyanka, a suppressed role, kind of behind the curtain. But as they say the sun will always shine through and so did she. The character, the role was played to it’s finest detail. Her attitude reminds me of that Diva from ‘Fashion’ and the curly headed girl from ‘Barfi’ when she delivers greatness out of innocence for love. Her part was too impact-full to be categorized as supporting role, for a viewer she was commendable.
Side actors like Tanvi Azmi, Milind Soman, have all played their part well. Aditya Pancholi’s role could have been utilized in a far better way by giving a little more depth to the character. Although, he still carries that intensity in his minute length cameos. For first time, Bhansali’s sets felt too unreal in some scenes.
The sealing scene where Ranveer is fighting with virtual horses and enemies is mind boggling, Priyanka watching as a silent witness to his love and her love, helplessly, it’s something. For once a scene with utter silence conveyed a lot (not mentioning Deepika in the same at all).
Priyanka looks like a diva from a Maharashtrian painting, the jewellery especially the nose ring, natural makeup and those elegant beautiful sarees. Her hair, a notch different from the normal hair do of this sort, the beautiful jooda pins enhancing the same, the typical Maharashtrian drape against those flashing green bangles. The side face looks, where the half moon bindi is the finishing stroke of a makeup artist is enough to rate it as A+. She walks straight out of a Marathi portrait, if we have heard something like that ever before.
If I happen to get a chance to flaunt my skills in an ethnic event in Maharashtra or a close family wedding is on the cards, then I would definitely give this look a shot.
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