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.”

Priyanka Chopra Talks About Playing Kashibai

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In an exclusive interview with Bollywoodlife.com, Priyanka Chopra spoke of her latest role, playing Kashibai in Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Bajirao Mastani. The film which has garnered much attention has received exceptional recognition from fans and film critics alike.

The actress expressed her thoughts upon playing the pivotal role, revealing that she wouldn’t have agreed to the decisions Kashibai makes regarding Bajirao’s relationship with Mastani.

“To play a character that I don’t agree with, as a woman if my husband fell in love with someone else I would say thank you very much, goodbye! I am out! Kashi did that in her own way also, she said I love you enough to see you happy, if you are happy with her please go just don’t come back to my door, which at that time was a big deal. Kashi was forogtten in history , nobody talks about her, nobody knows of her, because Bajirao and Mastani’s story is so forbidden and so epic, and hats off to Sanjay sir for giving her such a strong voice.”

Priyanka went on to discuss, her belief in Bhansali’s cinematic creation of films was what made her determined to play the role even more, despite the director assuming she wouldn’t have accepted it.

“I always knew Kashi was an amazing role, I was the first person to be cast for the film. I remember when I was doing Mary Kom, Sanjay sir said she won’t do it, and we discussed it. For me what was wonderful about Kashi was that am a greedy Sanjay Bhansali fan, am a believer in his world and cinema. I can talk to him for hours about films and his acute understanding of human emotions and that is what Kashi was for me. I used to look forward to coming on the set all dressed up as Kashi. He throws googlys, and am an actor who loves hitting a six when its thrown at me.”

Recounting how she undertook to play Kashibai, Priyanka explained, “My instincts come on, am not a prep or a method actor, I have always been very instinctive. He has such a beautiful understanding of silences and Kashi has no words, so silences were all that I had, my eyes and face, it was like Jhilmil, there wasn’t much she could say it was the 1700′s, so it was a welcome challenge.”

Priyanka Chopra: “I Was The First Person To be Cast In Bajirao Mastani”

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Priyanka Chopra who plays Kashibai in the highly anticipated forthcoming film Bajirao Mastani, addresses the reason why she took on to play a strong character whose existence in history has not much presence.

The actress points out, she took the challenging role for director Sanjay Leela Bhansali, being the first to be casted.

“I did this film for Sanjay Leela Bhansali. I know you all will ask me, ‘Mastani is played by Deepika (Padukone), and Bajirao is played by Ranveer (Singh). So why did you do this film?’ Let me tell you, I was the first person to be cast in this film. I remember Sanjay came to me with this script and he was clear he wanted me to do this film.”

She added: “I thought Kashibai’s character was very heart-breaking. This is a feminine character and it was very challenging for me to do the role… It’s a special film for me. I am just super excited to be part of it.”

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Priyanka as Kashibai for Bajirao Mastani

Playing Bajirao’s first wife – a vulnerable character – Priyanka admits it made her keen: “It is such a role that if you do it right, it will be part of your legacy. Kashibai is a 500-year-old character, with no other reference available. People talk about Bajirao and Mastani’s love story but the biggest reason to play Kashibai was to portray the story of a woman, who has never been spoken about in history. No one asks ‘uske dil pe kya beeti, uska kya hua?’ I rarely play such soft characters. Lately, I have played only tough characters, jo talvar utha ke tayyar hoti hai. Playing Jhilmil (Barfi) or Kashi is novel for me. It was a challenge to portray someone who can’t protect herself. I had to play it with conviction to make people believe that the woman’s heart was hurting.”

The period romance drama with Ranveer Singh as Bajirao, Deepika Padukone as Mastani and Priyanka Chopra as Kashibai is set to hit screens on December 18.

 

Ranveer Singh To Sport Light-Coloured Eyes For Bajirao Mastani

Ranveer Singh 'Bajirao Mastani'

 

In his latest role as Peshwa Baji Rao in Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Bajirao Mastani, Ranveer Singh has had to make some adjustments with his looks. The actor who has gone bald for the role, will also be sporting light-coloured eyes – wearing contact lenses as sources have informed. 

The look is fitting according to the 17th century Maratha general who was said to be a Hindu Kokanastha Chitpavan Brahmin; the sect was known for its fair-skin and light-colour eyes – either being blue or grey. 

In earlier Marathi TV serials based on the Maratha, actors portraying the character were shown to have light coloured eyes. 

Manoj Joshi who acted as Baji Rao in Rau which was aired on Doordarshan in 1990 described the character and how hard it would have been for some actors: “That was my first serial and those days, there was no prosthetic make-up. Baji Rao was said to have a sharp nose and light brown eyes. Since I had both, I didn’t need any make-up.” 

Bhansali who is known to be a perfectionist when it comes to his work, has made sure the actor has gotten into character for the imminent movie. The movie also features Priyanka Chopra and Deepika Padukone in leading roles and will release on December 18.

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.

Akshay Kumar’s ‘Gabbar Is Back’ Makes Rs 47 Crore

Akshay Kumar’s latest film Gabbar Is Back has amassed Rs 47 crore since hitting theatres last weekend. After receiving mixed reviews the film has impressed the viewers; opening with Rs 13.05 crore at the box office on the first day, beating Ranbir Kapoor-Arjun Rampal starrer Roy which grossed Rs 11.35 crore.

Though films like Anushka Sharma’s NH10, Varun Dhawan’s Badlapur, and Akshay’s Baby have done well at the box office Gabbar Is Back marks to be the biggest opener of 2015.

Akshay Kumar plays a Messiah called Gabbar, fighting against injustice and corruption. The film has been directed by Krish and co-produced Sanjay Leela Bhansali. Shruti Haasan stars in the female lead whilst Kareena Kapoor Khan makes a special appearance.

Bollywood is yet to see more big releases: Piku starring Amitabh Bachchan and Deepika Padukone is next to hit the silver screen followed by Bombay Velvet starring Anushka Sharma and Ranbir Kapoor. Kangana Ranaut’s Tanu Weds Manu Returns and multi-starrer Dil Dhadakne Do starring Priyanka Chopra, Ranveer Singh and Anil Kapoor are also set to be released.

Deepika Padukone & Priyanka Chopra To Perform A Dance Jugalbandi In Bajirao Mastani

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Its confirmed Deepika Padukone and Priyanka Chopra will perform a dance Jugalbandi in Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s forthcoming movie Bajirao Mastani.

Bajirao Mastani’s choreographer Remo D’souza confirmed the news saying: “Yes, it’s true. I will be choreographing the dance featuring Deepika and Priyanka. It’s a big thing for me to do it for Sanjay Leela Bhansali. Also, the song is big and it has Deepika and Priyanka in it, so that just raises the bar. I just got the song, so I have to still conceptualize it. I have not started anything yet.”

Priyanka Chopra tweeted her excitement about the dance sequence: “Off to rehearsals!!! Let’s kill it @deepikapadukone ..along with our legs!! Haha.. #BajiraoMastani.”

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In the midst of her rehearsals, Priyanka posted a picture (above) of taking a nap with choreographer Shampa Sonthalia with a caption: “Now both @meshampa n I losing it! Haha #tiredSelfies #powerNap #BajiraoMastani

Reportedly the duo will be doing their rehearsals with choreographer Remo D’Souza continuously for 10 days in Mumbai where it has also been chosen as the location for the dance to be shot. In the movie the dance sequence will be seen trying to win Peshwa Baji Rao’s (played by Ranveer Singh) heart.

Speculations also have it the dance sequence will put Dola Re from Bhansali’s Devdas to shame.

Priyanka Chopra Starts Shooting For Mary Kom: “Dad Would Have Wanted Me To Work”

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Death can be an upsetting experience, especially when it is our nearest who have passed away. It appears that Priyanka Chopra is not letting the death of her father get her down. The actress has decided that she will start shooting for her forthcoming Mary Kom biopic since her father Dr. Ashok Chopra passed away just a week ago.

The producer of the film, Sanjay Leela Bhansali, has reportedly asked Priyanka to take a break from the shooting, but the actress, who has been training hard to portray the Olympic -winning boxer did not want to keep him waiting.

The set of the film has already been set up in Filmistan studio in Mumbai. It is also understandable that Priyanka, who has always maintained a reputation of being a hard – working professional, did not want to unsettle the schedule of Omang Kumar’s directorial debut.

A source has said that Priyanka expressed her desire to resume working three days ago. Bhansali has repeatedly told her that there was no hurry to start filming for the film.

Priyanka has responded that her father would have wanted her to work, so she has chosen to résumé.

 

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