Before you read, if you are interested in grand movies see BM in a theater. This is no ordinary film you can watch on your TV or even home theatre. Two and a half hour of visual treat.
Maturity of anything is a gradual process. It takes years to move through good, better,best and achieve greatness. Occasionally the process takes a leap and covers lots of ground. BM is the big step. Indian cinema is fast maturing in many aspect, specially in production of grand historical. The cinematography and the scenes are memorable.
Sheer opulence, grandeur and majestic rendition of a piece of history perhaps with cinematic licence. But who cares. Point is to get entertained.
So, who is entertaining you? In my mind Priyanka Chopra. Every time she comes on the frame you see a very graceful ‘Kashi Bhai’. Maratha regal ladies must have looked like this. Her eyes ooze out love, affection and devotion for her hero. She brings out a streak of a normal person with normal failings. Beautiful in spectacular costumes, turns in another wonderful performance. Yet, the role is underplayed and with no sentimental over dos. There is a scene (with brilliant Tanvi Azmi) when wryly laughing about Bajirao’s passion, she comments “We might as well be sewing green flags from now on’. This is the maturity of recent crop of Indian cinema, at least some of them. Watchout for the scene where she is sitting on the bank of a river with all the foliage and colours making a spectacular painting. I can’t place my finger but feel something was missing out on Ranvir’s performance. Blame it on me.
Dialogues by Prakash Kapadia, judge for yourself.
Heere mein heera ho toh usse kehte hai Kohinoor … Rao ka naam lete hi Kashi ke chehre par aata hai noor (The best of the diamonds is called as the Kohinoor … and Kashi’s face lights up when Rao’s name is called)
Aap humse hamari zindagi maang lete hum aapko khushi khushi de dete … par aapne toh humse hamara guroor cheen liya (If you would have asked even for my life, I would have given that happily … but you snatched my pride from me)
“Duniya ka har dharm mohabbat sikhata hai, Mohabbat ka koi dharm nahi hota. Mohabbat khud hi dharm hai” (All religions teach love, love has no religion and it is a religion in itself)
Then, Deepika’s mom tries to convince her not to go to Ranveer, reminding her that he already has a wife.
Deepika: “Patni to Radha bhi nahi thi, lekin Krishna ke saath log yaad use hi karte hain.”
Mom: “Wo bhagwan the!”
Deepika: “Aur ishq ibadat. Ibadat ke liye ijazat nahi li jaati.
Priyanaka, In the last scene asks Tanvir about his opponent, he says: “Bhagwan … kismet”. Just about summarises the movie.
BM’s music is good (unfortunately even here they play the songs very loud drowning any finesse you may hear), the costumes are splendid, the setting and scenes match any grand production.You are taken back in time to a different world and have a window seat watching the drama unfolding with all the glitz, colours, pomp and grandeur for the price of a ticket.