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‘Bajirao Mastani: A Preview’ at Max Linder Panorama, Paris

A Still from Bajirao Mastani
(Courtesy:Max Linder)

Produced and directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali, Bajirao Mastani is an Indian Hindi language film released in 2015. It is adapted from a novel titled Raau by Nagnath S. Inamdar, that was published in 1972.

The film’s story narrates the life of the Peshwa Bajirao, a valiant Hindu King who, while fighting against the Mughal Empire, is torn between the passionate love he has for his Muslim mistress, Mastani, and the respectful fondness that binds him to his wife, Kashi. The film won a number of awards in India including nine Filmfare Awards (The Indian Oscars), in the categories such as Best Film and Best Director .

Sanjay Leela Bhansali, the film’s director has also composed the soundtrack. The film was jointly produced by Bhansali and Eros International's Kishore Lulla. The film stars Ranveer Singh, Deepika Padukone and Priyanka Chopra. The supporting cast of actors includes Tanvi Azmi, Vaibhav Tatwawaadi and Milind Soman.  Though the film was conceived in the early 1990’s it took the filmmaker quite a long time to start the shooting as the cast went through many changes. Bhansali wanted to cast actors Salman Khan and Aishwarya Rai as Bajirao and Mastani respectively as that time the actors were real time lovers and the filmmaker thought of recreating their real life chemistry on screen. But after the couple split ways, the filmmaker had no choice but to cast other actors. Bhansali was extremely passionate about Bajirao Mastani and spent eleven years developing the project.

Extensive research was done before the production began. The setting required the creation of twenty-two highly detailed sets, and an assortment of costumes and props to match the era’s opulence. The Principal photography took place on sets constructed in Mumbai, while some of the other portions were filmed on outdoor locations. Visual effects and CGI were used during post-production to improve a number of scenes. The film finally saw light of the day on 18 December 2015 to positive reviews, with Bhansali’s direction winning praise from all quarters. The film was also lauded for its technical achievements and the performances of the cast, particularly of Singh and Chopra. The film has been noted for its scale, grandeur and meticulous attention to detail. With a budget of ₹1.45 billion, including marketing and advertisements, it is one of the most expensive Hindi language films.

The preview will be screened on June 24, 2018 at The Max Linder Panorama, 24, Poissonniere Boulevard, 75009 Paris

For details, visit http://maxlinder.com/

Click on the slideshow for a sneak peek at the film.

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