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The physical beauty and real acting talent of the three leads rises this to just above sud-level. Its central message that 'all religions preach love, but love has no religion' is to be commended, especially since it is still so pertinent to India today.
The central pair of defiant lovers are never particularly convincing as convention-busters, nor are they as appealing as the rooms they inhabit or the clothes they wear.
The film hardly moves in the first hour or so, picking up speed only after the intermission -- in fact it seems a little rushed in the second half.
Bajirao-Mastani resembles Jodhaa-Akbar with teeth that bite, Mughal-e-Azam with shades of philosophical grey. It rediscovers roots to Maratha pride -- and bravely confronts one of India's most crucial questions now.
It's definitely one of the year's best.
The narrative is linear and predictable, but the film comes alive when Ranveer Singh and Priyanka Chopra are in the frame. For Singh, it is possibly the role of a lifetime and he plays Bajirao with an ease and confidence that radiates on screen.
The film feels overly ceremonious, purposefully epic and, in places, a little exhausting. But hang in there. Because slowly and skillfully, Bajirao Mastani transports you.
It can be a good one-time watch, for Deepika's performance, if not anything else.
It left me strangely underwhelmed.
Singh's performance is an unmistakable triumph.
The film does drag a little, but the opulence makes it all worthwhile.
Singh's bullet-headed Bajirao, forever charging into uncharted physical and emotional terrain, marks another fine showing from one of Bollywood's most versatile leads: we spot exactly why this bad boy commands the loyalty, even lust he does.
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