Bajirao Mastani is an upcoming Indian historical romance film directed and produced 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 titular protagonists, Priyanka Chopra plays Bajirao’s first wife, and Tanvi Azmi plays Bajirao’s mother. Bajirao Mastani is scheduled to be release on 18 December 2015. The teaser of the film will be released July 16th.
- Ranveer Singh as Baji Rao I, a warrior and the second Peshwa of the Maratha Empire, from 1720 until his death.
- Deepika Padukone as Mastani, a Muslim courtesan and the second wife of Baji Rao
- Priyanka Chopra as Kashibai, Baji Rao’s first wife
- Tanvi Azmi as Radhabai, Bajirao’s mother.
- Sukhada Khandkekar as Anubai, Baji Rao’s sister.
- Anuja Gokhale as Bhiubai, Baji Rao’s sister.
- Vaibbhav Tatwawdi as Chimaji Appa, Baji Rao’s younger brother.
- Mahesh Manjrekar
- Milind Soman
- Ayush Tandon
- Sanjay Mishra
The Revival of Bajirao Mastani
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 Bajirao’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 requires 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 a Maratha king 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.
The trailer of this film hits cinemas together with Salman Khan & Kareena Kapoor’s Bajrangi Bhaijaan this Eid. Watch this space for more updates from Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s dream project.
Enjoy the trailer to one of Bollywood’s most beautiful upcoming films.