Bajirao Mastani – A Review

Before I begin this review I would advice anyone who is a MOVIE lover to go see this movie in theaters. Keeping that in mind…let us begin!

I will start off by saying that I have never waited for any movie as much as I have for this and Dil Dhadakne Do, unfortunately, only DDD was worth the wait.  Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Bajirao Mastani, starring Ranveer Singh, Deepika Padukone and Priyanka Chopra was a treat for the eyes; it had everything a movie should have; BM was SUCH a thing of beauty, from gorgeous sets, amazing cinematography, beautiful sound score, great editing, the best actors of this generation, unfortunately, the only thing it was lacking was  the STORY. As much as it kills me to say this, I was not a fan of the actual story and no matter how opulent the rest of the package is, without a strong story, a movie is lacking.

As anyone who knows me, my love for Deepika Padukone and Ranveer Singh is borderline obsessive, okay, who am I kidding it is rather obsessive, and though they had sizzling chemistry, I could not root for the characters of Bajirao and Mastani, which again makes it hard to love the movie. Even though Kashibai says in the movie one only remembers the lover and never the wife, it was indeed the wife Priyanka who stole the show for me. This is the second role PeeCee has done this year with immense subtlety and grace that has literally wowed me and left me speechless.   Ms. Chopra your name should be on each and every award this year be it for lead (For Ayesha Mehra for DDD or supporting for Bajirao Mastani). One could feel Kashi’s love and pain in each and every scene, be it from the way she delivered her dialogues, her body language, the hitch in her voice or when she saved her sautan from certain death not once but numerous time for the sake of her husband and her duty. Selfless love like Kashi is what one should strive for, not Bajirao and Mastani’s selfish love.

Coming back to our “star-crossed lovers” I just could not find it in myself to invest in them. Bhansali, for all of HIS obsession in them, having spent the  last 12 years writing this story, did not do a sufficient job with character development at all. We do not really know how or why Bajirao and Mastani love each other or why so deeply. While, as Bajirao’s mother says she can appreciate him respecting his wife so much, one does not understand how he came to fall in love with her when he was so in love with and so loyal to Kashi all these years.  The sudden and dramatic love that worked for me in Ram Leela, does not work here, perhaps because of the preexistence of a family and home for Rao.

Mastani, for as headstrong and independent as she is, does not seem the type to just “fall in love” and do the things that she does in the beginning of battle. The way she talks to Radhabai, (Bajirao’s mother) is obviously burning bridges with  future allies and surely as a warrior princess she should know better than that.   Deepika plays the character well, but I was not a fan of the writing, written a bit too theatrical. Out of her three characters of Tara and Piku, this was my least favorite character of the year, though I cannot fault her acting, which was stupendous.  Her strongest point in the movie would have to be all the sword fighting, one cannot deny that she has worked tremendously hard, each and every step is on point and as always she looks like a dream; even covered in dirt she made me drool.

Bhansali tried to go for the “love is above religion” and “Radha-Krishna” angle with his love story” but it just did not work because his characters were not developed. Ironically, the only character development was in the side character of Kashibhai who you can see changing and growing. The very thing that I loved about Hum Dil De Chuke is what was missing in Bajirao; the logic in love.

The soundtrack of this movie is also a weak point. Do not go into the movie expecting a Ram Leela, Devdas or a Hum Dil Dechuke Sanam. Though, my favorites would have to be Ayaat or Deewani Mastani. 

As stated earlier, if you like movies do NOT miss this film. It is an absolute treat, however leave the kids at home. This is not a film to watch at home. The sets, the costume, the dialogues are all larger than life. I know I say this every time but Ranveer has given the best performance of his life and if he does not win every award across the nation for best actor…something is VERY wrong (though I have a feeling the shows might try to give it to Salman Khan to bring in ratings). Priyanka has given life to Kashibai and given her career best after Fashion. Deepika as always is fantastic. Do NOT miss this movie, even though the story is kind of lacking, but only due to the characters.

What really saddens me however is that people chose to skip out on movies like this in favor on mindless masala like Dilwale. As a huge fan of SRK, I would urge you to skip Dilwale and go watch Bajirao instead!

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Fawad Khan in Ae Dil Hai Mushkil

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Ladies get ready for your hearts to explode because the scorching Fawad Khan will be seen in a cameo in Karan Johar and Ayan Mukherjee’s latest Ae Dil Hai Mushkil!! Fawad made females of all age drool over his royal looks in Khoobsurat, but here the regal heartthrob will be portraying a “hot and sexy” DJ. While I love me some FAK in sherwanis and Eastern wear I am so excited for this look.

Ae Dil Hai Mushkil stars Ranbir Kapoor with Aishwariya Rai Bachchan and Anushka Sharma playing sisters! As if we needed anymore reasons to tune in! Fawad will be shooting in Vienna for 10 days…any guesses on which of the 2 beauties he will be paired with?

Tamasha Trailer FINALLY out!!!

One of 2015’s most awaited movies finally released it’s trailer and Imtiaz Ali’s Tamasha looks like everything you’d expect from a Deepika/Ranbir starer! I am so psyched for this movie, and November 27th can’t come fast enough! I loved the trailer and though the story kind of seems the repetitive, boring guy goes out on a vacation- falls in love-comes back-he’s not who he thought he was- kind of ordeal, Imtiaz Ali is known for breathing life into age old stories and making them new again. One has to wonder are they just playing up for each other or really part of a play which tells their own story?

You might feel like a sense of deja-vu with both leads playing characters they have already done for Imtiaz, with Deepika playing someone similar to her Love Aaj Kal-avatar and Ranbir with the same Rockstar’s anguish appeal, but both are doing what they do best. The trailer leaves no doubt that both have improved their acting skills tenfold since we last saw them on screen, though I hope Ranbir’s dialogue delivery is better than the opening of the trailer.

Another similarity one might notice is that it seems like they are playing the protagonists of Ayan Mukherjee’s Yeh Jawani Hai Deewani, except they switched roles, this time Deepu reminding Ranbir of what life is really about, and having the sense of wanderlust that Bunny had.

The chemistry is crackling. There is nothing but fire on screen, from when they just hold hands, to Deepika’s vulnerable look when she hugs him or the montage of kisses. The last line took my breath away “Tumhay pyar ho gaya hai pagli” Ved says to a quivering Tara, and then responds, only to someone else. Both actors display a range of emotions in a few short minutes and do what they do best with these natural/everyday characters. Deepika as always looks beautiful, I personally love these girl-next-door looks on her with minimlist makes up – a la first half of YJHD and Finding Fanny. Ranbir has matured since his chocolate boy Bunny, but his trademark good looks are on point, this time (thank God) without the hideous wig from Bombay Velvet.

With A.R Rahman doing the music, this is one movie you do not want to pass up. God knows Ranbir can use a hit in his career after 3 back to back flops. Deeps, as always is my Bollywood queen. Surprisingly enough, this time it is Ranbir who needs his former flame to blow some fire into his career, and I have a feeling she won’t fail him.

What are your thoughts on the trailer? Don’t forget to comment below.

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Gulaabo – Shaandaar

I am super excited for Shaandaar, releasing October 22nd, featuring the fun and fresh pairing of Shahid Kapoor and Alia Bhatt! Shasha will forever have his chocolate-y boy looks, no matter how much he bulks up or grows that delicious stubble. Which works fantastically with Alia’s youthful beauty.

This song is by Vishal Dadlani and Amit Tivari, and has a fun and infectious beat. Alia tries to keep up with Shahid’s vibrant dancing and I have to give the girls props for trying to match up. Anyone who knows me, knows I love any dance number with the newly-wedded Kapoor lad.

There is a very positive vibe surrounding this movie, especially since ShAlia (is that a thing!?!?) has never been seen together before. Another exciting fact is that this is the first time Shahid will be acting alongside his father, Pankaj Kapoor. The cast is top notch, Dharma Production always delivers, we know KJo would never give his darling Alia a bad movie.

Are you excited for Shaandar!?!

The Baba’s are BACK!

I can’t tell you how much pleasure it gives me to know that my favorite bromance of Ranveer Singh and Arjun Kapoor, #RanJun, will be hosting the 2015 IIFA awards next weekend!

Even though Gunday was a dismal flop, these two remain everyone’s choice as best jodi, with the success of their episode together on Koffee with Karan, multiple interviews and of course the infamous AIB KnockOut!

The chemistry between these two is undeniable, and it gets even better when I see evidence of a true friendship through their tweets and multiple pictures found together. I loved how Shahid and Farhan handled the show last year, lets hope the boys can make it even better!

PS; Who else is excited to see what Ranveer wears to the Red Carpet?

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Shuddhi back on track with Alia Bhatt and Varun Dhawan

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By now I am sure you’ve heard that Varun has replaced Salman Khan in the lead for Shuddhi, with Alia Bhatt once again as his leading lady. No one seems more excited about this than Bhai Khan, Salu himself, who broke they news by congratulating his protege, Varun on twitter and Instagram.
He posted the following picture with the caption “Kamaal karte ho Varun Dhawan…made ur dad n me so proud of u… happy Shhuddhi”.
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While I am super glad to see Varun in this role, (Main Tera Hero convinced me that Varun can play a role that the public would like to see Salman in), I am kind of sick of the Alia-Varun pairing. I hated them in Student of the Year and loved them in Humpty Sharma, but come on Karan, there are so many more talented people and especially jodis just waiting to be picked together. Please do something besides Alia-Varun or Alia-Sid. So many pairings come to mind right away; Alia-Ayushman, Alia-Aditya, Varun-Deepika (PLEASE MAKE IT HAPPEN), Sid-Sonakshi, Varun-Pari, Varun-Vani Kapoor, Sid-Ileana. Just enough with this trio together!!

What are your thoughts on the latest, and hopefully final casting for Shuddhi?

Ranveer Singh IS Raja Baba

Can anyone be soooooo unabashedly ridiculous that you are forced to love them!!? Ranveer Singh has embraced his inner and outer chichora so much that anyone around him can’t help but fall in love..yes when I say anyone I mean the writer of his blog, ME.

Raja Baba, if you are out there, hit me up, Yeh Araam Ka Maamla Hai.

From the Durex Commercial to the sleek Royal Stag Campaign to this hot mess of a perfection, Ranveer you have hit gold again!