34 Facts About Bajirao Mastani


Bajirao Mastani is a 2015 Indian Hindi-language epic historical romance film directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali, who co-produced it with Eros International and composed its soundtrack.

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Bajirao Mastani has been noted for its scale, grandeur and attention to detail.

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Recipient of several accolades, Bajirao Mastani won 7 National Film Awards, including Best Direction and Best Supporting Actress.

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Bajirao Mastani predicts that just as she yearns for her husband, Kashibai will yearn for Bajirao.

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Bajirao Mastani reveals herself to be Mastani, the daughter of the Hindu Rajput king Chhatrasal and his Persian Muslim consort Ruhani Begum.

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Mastani and Bajirao fall in love during this time and he gives her his dagger, unaware that it is a symbol of marriage among the Rajputs.

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Mastani tolerates this and adamantly expresses her desire to be with Bajirao; Bajirao chides in her persistence, reminding her he is already married and will never fully be hers; his court will never respect her.

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Bajirao Mastani saves Mastani by relaying this to an unaware Bajirao, who promptly rescues them.

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In tears, Kashibai explains that Bajirao Mastani broke her heart and took her pride in what he has done, and compares their love with that of Krishna and Rukmini.

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Bajirao Mastani asks him never to enter her chamber again, and a teary-eyed Bajirao accepts, apologising for hurting her.

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Bajirao Mastani wanted to show the relationship between Bajirao and Mastani because it was rarely depicted in history books, and little was known about it.

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Bajirao Mastani had long admired the Maratha backdrop and the different religions of the protagonists—Bajirao was Hindu and Mastani was Muslim—which further drove his interest towards knowing more and telling the story.

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In November 2014, the casting of Bajirao Mastani's sisters were finalised; Sukhada Khandkekar was ast as Anubai and Anuja Gokhale as Bhiubai.

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Bajirao Mastani instructed the crew members to address him as Bajirao, which helped him to remain in his character.

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Bajirao Mastani was inspired by her character and found playing the role challenging; it was physically demanding and required a lot of dancing.

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Bajirao Mastani said playing Kashibai was "emotionally difficult" and a complete contrast to the strong women she has portrayed in most of her films.

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Bajirao Mastani Mahal was built as an amalgamation of Rajput and Maratha architecture.

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The exterior of Bajirao Mastani Mahal was built as a part of Shaniwar Wada, whereas the interiors of were built on separate sets consisting of a courtyard and bedroom.

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Bajirao Mastani travelled to cities such as Indore, Chanderi, Paithan and Maheshwar to gather more knowledge about the history of clothing and textiles.

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For Bajirao Mastani, Modi used a mix of Persian and Muslim clothing of muslin, khadi and thin chanderi fabrics, with and zardosi hand embroidery to depict her half-Muslim heritage.

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Bajirao Mastani was given Odhnis, dupattas, veils, floor-skimming anarkalis and paired with Farshi Pajamas.

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Bajirao Mastani was shot in 217 days between October 2014 and October 2015.

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Bajirao Mastani that worked on the effects was NY VFXWAALA; this was the biggest projects they had undertaken.

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India Today wrote, "With its royal canvas, Bajirao Mastani teaser is a burst of colours and action reminiscent of the 18th century".

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Bajirao Mastani had to share the 5,000 domestic screens with Dilwale in a 40:60 ratio.

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Bajirao Mastani had its world television premiere on 23 April 2016 on Colors.

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Bajirao Mastani was a major commercial success, grossing over 254 crore in India and over 102.

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Bajirao Mastani received 5 nominations at the 10th Asian Film Awards, including Best Film, and won Best Special Effects.

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At the 63rd National Film Awards, Bajirao Mastani received 7 awards, including Best Director for Bhansali, Best Supporting Actress for Azmi, Best Cinematography for Chatterjee, and Best Art Direction.

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Bajirao Mastani received 13 nominations at the 22nd Screen Awards, including Best Film, and Best Director for Bhansali, and won 7 including Best Actor for Singh, and Best Supporting Actress for Chopra.

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Bhansali has said it was his interpretation of how Bajirao Mastani was in his home and in personal life, and there was no way to know that.

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Similarly, the "Pinga" dance sequence between Kashibai and Bajirao Mastani has been deemed "inappropriate" for women of that era.

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Mastani was put under house arrest by Balaji while Bajirao was on military campaign, as opposed to film's depiction of Mastani's imprisonment.

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The film portrays Mastani being chained at the time of her death but she was never chained and she and Kashibai were both present at Bajirao's last rites.

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