He is one of history’s greatest unsung heroes; a Maratha Peshwa who rewrote the true essence of love and fearlessly protected his kingdom for over 47 long wars. Presenting an epic tale of one of the greatest warriors of India and his unforgettable love story that has inspired the nation across centuries! Watch the awe-inspiring teaser of Bajirao Mastani starring Ranveer Singh, Deepika Padukone & Priyanka Chopra.
Cast: Ranveer Singh, Deepika Padukone & Priyanka Chopra
Directed by: Sanjay Leela Bhansali
Produced by: Kishore Lulla & Sanjay Leela Bhansali
Bajirao Mastani releasing in theatres on 18th December, 2015
Directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali
Produced by Sanjay Leela Bhansali
Written by Prakash Kapadia
Based on Baji Rao I, the Second Peshwa of the Maratha Empire
Starring Ranveer Singh
Music by Original songs:
Sanjay Leela Bhansali
Cinematography Sudeep Chatterjee
Edited by Rajesh G. Pandey
Distributed by Eros International
18 December 2015
Budget ₹120 crore (US$19 million)
Bajirao Mastani is an upcoming Indian historical romance film produced, composed and directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali. The film narrates the story of the Maratha Peshwa Baji Rao I and his second wife Mastani. Ranveer Singh and Deepika Padukone portray the main protagonists, while Priyanka Chopra plays Bajirao’s first wife. Bajirao Mastani is scheduled to be release on 18 December 2015. The teaser of the film was released on July 16th.
The film was first announced in 2003. Sanjay Leela Bhansali initially wanted to cast Salman Khan and Aishwarya Rai (his lead pair from Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam) for the titular roles, but could not cast them together after their highly publicised break-up. In July 2003, there were reports that Bhansali had cast Khan and Kareena Kapoor as the lead pair with Rani Mukerji playing Baji Rao’s first wife. During his appearance on season 1 of the popular talk show Koffee with Karan, Bhansali stated that he scrapped the casting of Khan and Kapoor after the paired signed other films together as he wanted to be the first director to showcase their pairing. Bhansali shelved Bajirao Mastani and went on to direct Black (2005), Saawariya (2007), Guzaarish (2010), and Goliyon Ki Raasleela Ram-Leela (2013). Throughout these ten years, media speculation continued about the production and casting of Bajirao Mastani. Several actors were rumoured to be linked to the project including Shahrukh Khan, Ajay Devgn, Hrithik Roshan, Ranveer Singh, Deepika Padukone, and Katrina Kaif.
In July 2014, it was confirmed that Bhansali had revived the project with Ranveer Singh and Deepika Padukone (the lead pair of Bhansali’s Goliyon Ki Raasleela Ram-Leela) playing the titular roles and Priyanka Chopra playing Bajirao’s first wife, Kashibai. Both Singh and Padukone will undergo extensive preparation for their roles. Bhansali has reportedly approached Daksha Sheth to train the pair in Kalaripayattu, an ancient Indian martial art. Sheth will also train Padukone in the dance style of Kathak. Singh will be required to learn Marathi, learn horseback riding, and shave his head for the role. In addition, the role of Baji Rao will require Singh to gain weight to lose his physique. In preparation for her role of Kashibai, Chopra took a 15-day coaching course and she will also undergoing language training in a dialect of Marathi spoken during the time of the ascension of the Peshwas.
In September 2014, it was confirmed that Tanvi Azmi was cast for the role of Bajirao’s mother. Other actresses reportedly considered for this role were Shabana Azmi, Dimple Kapadia, and Supriya Pathak. Tanvi has gone completely bald for her role. In November 2014, the actresses for the roles of Bajirao’s sisters were finalised with Sukhada Khandkekar cast as Anubai and Anuja Gokhale as Bhiubai. Mahesh Manjrekar has been cast to play Maratha Emperor Chhattrapati Shahu in the film. The film’s costumes will be designed by Anju Modi. It was announced in January 2015 that actor Vaibhav Tatwawadi was chosen to play Bajirao’s younger brother, Chimaji Appa.
Major parts of the film have been photographed in the historic Amer Fort in Jaipur, India.
Principal photography of the film started on 23 September 2014 with Singh and Chopra. Deepika Padukone has joined the crew of the movie on 8 March 2015 in Rajasthan. She will be seen doing physically tough scenes such as sword fighting and others along with sporting the 20 kg armour in the movie. Previously, Padukone shot for a crucial scene for two days during the end of December 2014 and will resume shooting in March 2015, after completing work for her other projects. A major portion of the film will be shot in Mumbai’s Film City Studios. For the outdoor sequences, Bhansali has finalised Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Gujarat, and Wai of Maharashtra.
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