Sanjay Leela Bhansali: “Deepika Has Never Gone Over The Top”

Deepika Padukone And Sanjay Leela Bhansali

Director of Bajirao Mastani, Sanjay Leela Bhansali has expressed his thoughts over Deepika Padukone who plays the warrior queen, stating the actress has never exaggerated or overemphasised a role in any of her films.

Talking to IANS, Bhansali said: “Mastani is someone what Madhubala and Meena Kumari did in their heydays. Deepika has never ever gone over the top. No woman has ever looked so beautiful on the Indian screen in the longest time. It’s a dear character to me.”

The historical romance which also stars Ranveer Singh as Bajirao and Priyanka Chopra as Kashibai in pivotal roles, the filmmaker also added: “…deep down my favourite character is Mastani. I would take Deepika’s performance till the last breath of my last breath. It’s that dear to me.”

When asked whether he was pleased with the box office reports for the film, which was released on December 18, and is currently battling with its rivalry Dilwale, Bhansali revealed: “I just wanted to make a beautiful film, be honest and truthful towards something which i have lived for 12 years.

“It was my tribute to Mughal-e-Azam and that was all I was thinking of while making this film. I was not thinking of the box office collection… I am offering something that is different.”

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Priyanka Chopra Talks ‘Bajirao Bastani’ Lavani Number: “There Shouldn’t Be Any Comparison To Devdas”

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Since news broke out Priyanka Chopra and Deepika Padukone will be performing a lavani number in their forthcoming movie Bajirao Bastani, the much discussed dance has been endlessly compared to Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and Madhuri Dixit’s Dola Re from Devdas(2002). The song portrayed a dance battle between their characters over their love for …

Nevertheless, Priyanka has said the special number shouldn’t be compared to Dola Re as they don’t carry any similarities.

“I know that comparisons with Devdas are inevitable and people will pit us like that, but honestly, there shouldn’t be any comparisons. There is absolutely nothing similar between the two. Don’t compare us to them. That is a classic. Ours is more about the first wife versus the second wife and has a lot of heart-wrenching moments,” the actress told DNA.

The famous dance-off between Ashiwarya Rai Bachchan and Madhuri Dixit in Dola Re

Speaking about performing the dance with Deepika, Priyanka added, “Shooting with Deepika for the dance number was absolutely brilliant. I am glad we did this together, especially because she is a friend and I have known her for a while now. I really like the way it’s turned out.”

The song has been said to be the climax of the movie. The dance sequence will be seen trying to win Peshwa Baji Rao’s (played by Ranveer Singh) heart. The song, which was shot over 12 days has been choreographed by Remo D’Souza.

Priyanka Chopra will be playing Kashibai, the first wife of Maratha warrior Peshwa Baji Rao along with Deepika Padukone who will play as Mastani, as his second wife.

The movie will be directed and produced by Sanjay Leela Bhansali.

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