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‘Bajirao Mastani’ – A visually mesmerizing masterstroke

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Film: “Bajirao Mastani”; Director: Sanjay Leela Bhansali; Cast: Ranveer Singh, Deepika Padukone, Priyanka Chopra, Tanvi Azmi, Mahesh Manjrekar and Milind Soman; Rating: ****

Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s “Bajirao Mastani”, based on the novel “Rau” authored by N.S. Inamdar, is a fictionalised romance drama that encapsulates the 20 year reign of the Maratha warrior Bajirao and his relationship with his second wife Mastani.

The film begins with Bajirao’s appointment as Peshwa in the court of Chhattrapati Shahu in Satara. The narration thereafter leads you into his expeditions, his encounter with Mastani and their subsequent, intense romance.

What makes the film stand out is Bhansali’s direction. He astutely manages to guide his team to deliver the best. Be it in performances, music, visuals or action, his inimitable stamp is written over every frame of the film.

Prakash Kapadia’s screenplay is water-tight and engaging, keeping you riveted to the screen for over 2 hours. His dialogues are colloquial, yet, power-packed. There is no iota of excess, and embellished with the right amount of Marathi words, these sharp and taut dialogues are full of wit, messages and equally hard-hitting.

The performances by the characters are captivating. Bajirao Mastani is Ranveer Singh’s canvas.

With his well-chiselled physique, bald pate with a single lock of hair, he slips into Bajirao’s hide perfectly. His energy and intensity on screen is palpable.

You empathise with him when he is honest with both his wives and you root for him when he rebels against his widowed mother Radhabai and the high priest.

And most of all, your heart beats for him when he pines for Mastani. The last scene of the film is powerful and Ranveer’s presence and competence, takes it a rung higher.

Deepika Padukone as the defiant and confident warrior Mastani, madly in love with Bajirao, is effortlessly convincing. Her performance resonates with the right attitude, both as a warrior and as Bajirao’s love interest, making her stand out.

Priyanka Chopra in her navaris — the nine yard saris, as the obviously hurt Kashibai — Bajirao’s first wife, though a bit dramatic, is herself, glossed-up and pretentious. But nevertheless, she essays her role ably.

Visually, the film is mesmerizing. The computer generated images seamlessly interlace cinematographer Sudeep Chatterjee’s frames.

With his wide angle shots, he not only captures the locales, but also the intricate details of the tale, to perfection. His atmospheric lighting lends authenticity to the period depicted in the film. He has also managed to portray the battle scenes brilliantly, making it look natural and real.

Bhansali’s music, with its theatrical background score and soulful songs, integrates well with the narration. The well-choreographed dance sequences are a treat to watch, though the song “Pinga” seems a bit forced and is reminiscent of his “Dola re Dola” in Devdas.

The action sequences by Shyam Kaushal are easily one of the highlights of the film.

Overall, “Bajirao Mastani” is a spectacular masterpiece which will stay with you much after you leave the cinema hall.

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Poet-lyricist Rahat Indori passes away in Indore after testing Covid positive

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Noted Urdu poet and lyricist, Dr Rahat Indori, passed away in Indore on Tuesday afternoon after testing positive for Covid-19 on Monday night. He was 70.

Early on Tuesday morning, Indori, who was hospitalised, had tweeted: “After displaying initial symptoms of Covid, I underwent a corona test yesterday and have tested positive.

I am admitted to Aurobindo hospital. Pray for me so that I can defeat this disease at the earliest. One more request, please don’t call me or my family at home. You will keep getting my updates on Facebook and Twitter.

“Indori was a painter, Urdu Professor and poet. He taught Urdu literature at Indore University before foraying Bollywood as a lyricist.

Among the many memorable verses he created for Hindi films are “Neend churayi meri” and “Dekho dekho jaanam” (“Ishq”), “Chori chori jab nazrein mili” (“Kareeb”), “M bole toh” and “Chhan chhan” (“Munna Bhai MBBS”), “Dil ko hazaar baar” (“Murder”), “Tumsa koi pyaara” (“Khuddar”), and the title song of “Sir”.

His popular books include “Do Kadam Aur Sahi”, “Maujood”, “Chand Pagal Hai”, “Mere Baad”, and “Naraz”.

Several Bollywood celebrities took to social media to express shock and grief at Indori’s demise.

“Janaaze par mere likh dena yaaron, mohabbat karnewala jaa raha hai, Alvida Rahat Indori,” tweeted lyricist Manoj Muntashir from his verified account, quoting the late poet.

“Khuda Hafiz #RahatIndori sahab,” tweeted lyricist Kausar Munir from her unverified account.

“How does one state the depth of the loss of someone like Dr. @rahatindori saab? His words were like flames of revolution contained in the muslin of language. He will not just be remembered, he will be commemorated,” tweeted music composer Vishal Dadlani from his verified account.

Actors Sushant Singh and Randeep Hooda also tweeted expressing their condolence.



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Sonali Bendre Steps Into Son’s Shoes; Shares Posts On Social Media

Sonali Bendre Behl stepped into the shoes of her son, literally. She has decided to keep them, too.

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Actress Sonali Bendre Behl stepped into the shoes of her son, literally. She has decided to keep them, too. “Stepped into my son’s shoes… literally! @rockbehl, I am gonna keep these,” Sonali wrote while putting up an image that shows her trying out her son Ranveer’s shoes.

In the image, she is seen wearing black pants and a baggy knitwear pullover, along with the shoes. Earlier, Sonali had revealed that the lockdown has given her no alternative but to become tech-savvy. She said that she is happy to learn new things during the lockdown, which began in March.

On the personal front, Sonali Bendre was suffering from metastatic cancer and announced this news in 2018 to her followers via social media post. The actress was in the US for six months for the treatment. Post her successful battle with cancer, the actress has graced the cover of few magazines re-defining life and embracing it with all new changes. The actress has time and again spoken about her strength and fight, and people can’t stop but find her a huge inspiration.

“It is no secret that I am technologically-challenged, but this lockdown has given me no alternative but to get the hang of it! I’ve had to figure out how to log on to zoom calls on my own, how to go LIVE on Instagram etc,” she had tweeted.

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Disha Patani sets mercury soaring in new post

Disha took to Instagram to share a couple of throwback photographs with Suri, and send him some virtual love.

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Mumbai, April 13 : Bollywood actress and fitness enthusiast Disha Patani has left social media users smitten once again with her latest gorgeous photograph.

Disha took to Instagram, where she shared a picture of herself sitting on a chair. She is seen sporting a crotchet white dress with a plunging neckline and a thigh-high slit.

The actress captioned the image, which currently has a whopping 1.7 million likes on the website, with a flower emoji.

On April 11, Disha penned a note for “Malang” director Mohit Suri on his birthday, saying he is an “amazing person”.

Disha took to Instagram to share a couple of throwback photographs with Suri, and send him some virtual love.

“Happy b”day to one of the most amazing directors and an even more amazing human, have an amazing year ahead sir, lots of love always… Mohit Suri,” Disha wrote along with the photographs.On the work front, Disha was last seen in “Malang”, which also features Anil Kapoor, Aditya Roy Kapoor and Kunal Kemmu.

She will next be seen in “Radhe” starring superstar Salman Khan.

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