BAJIRAO MASTANI (2015) Teaser: More Than 10 Years In The Making
Sanjay Leela Bhansali, Director of acclaimed films like ‘Guzaarish‘ and ‘Black‘, has been putting together his dream project for the last 10 years. During which time he has director multiple films furthering his career and telling visually masterful stories. However, his long delayed project is back on track with some major stars from the Bollywood industry, and has officially released its first Teaser, which leaves the audience stunned and speechless. View the teaser for ‘Bajirao Mastani’ below and read on to find out how the movie will be a love story of epic proportions.
‘Bajirao Mastani’ is a historical love story about a Marathan General and his second wife. Bajirao has been credited in history as the most influential person responsible for the expansion of the Maratha Empire. The film seems to be focused more on his personal life against the backdrop of his professional achievements and how his love for Mastani affects the status quo, due to her being a Muslim, while the Marathi Peshwas were ardent Hindu Brahmins. Historically, Bajirao’s taking of Mastani as his wife, caused much strife within the Empire, including attempts on her life and his son by her, by his own brother. All conflicts that can be leveraged into a riveting historical drama.
Playing the legendary General Bajirao, is Ranveer Singh, accompanied by Deepika Padukone as Mastani. Priyanka Chopra rounds out the main cast as Kashibai, Bajirao’s first wife, which is sure to be the source of even more love triangle drama within the movie. The casting of the film has seen a revolving door of major stars and actors within Bollywood in the last 10 years. Initially planned to star Salman Khan and Aishwarya Rai post their pairing in Bhansali’s ‘Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam’, their public break up caused that to no longer be the case. Since then, Bhansali has attempted to cast multiple pairs of lead actor and actresses based on the most popular actors at the time.
‘Bajirao Mastani’ by all accounts should be considered Bhansali’s dream project, solely given how long it’s taken him to bring it to the screen. Sanjay Leela Bhansali is a director who becomes so immersed in his subject matter that Ram Gopal Varma, the Bollywood auteur of crime thrillers, has said on the record that if Bhansali ever decided to do a crime or gangster movie, it would surpass even his own. Given Bhansali’s obsession with ‘Bajirao Mastani’, all eyes will be on this film to see the long delayed result of his obsession.
‘Bajirao Mastani’ releases December 19th, 2015. Starring Ranveer Singh, Deepika Padukone & Priyanka Chopra and is directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali.