On Bajirao Mastani

Posted on 17 Jan 2016 under Essays

The more I read professional movie reviews (is there such a thing?), the more I realize how under-qualified I am to critique movies. Nevertheless, because any fool with an internet connection can create a blog nowadays, here are a few thoughts on Bajirao Mastani:

  1. This film won theĀ Filmfare Award for best picture? REALLY? This was better than Masaan (which wasn’t even nominated, by the way)?
  2. Ranveer Singh and Priyanka Chopra were both pretty good, especially the former, who should get extra credits for getting accent and punctuation right. Deepika Padukone was unconvincing, failing to bring the intensity and strength required to the character of Mastani. All of the other cast were “meh, ok”.
  3. A word of praise must be given for the extravagant sets and the fairly impressive battle scenes.
  4. It’s just too long, especially the second half. It just drags on and on and ends with a Devdas style, over the top death scene.
  5. For 75% of the film duration, it felt like the director was balancing fairly well between sense and sentiment. And then the last half-hour just became a mess. After having spent close to three hours (including interval), you walk out of the cinema hall wondering “WHY?”, and not in a good way.
  6. Again, I must ask … THIS film won theĀ Filmfare Award? The fact that a movie like Masaan wasn’t even nominated makes a mockery of our awards, which seem to pander to the films that have the biggest box-office collections. But that’s a post for another time, one I’m not bothered to write about anyway.

Bajirao Mastani: 6/10

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