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  • Tremendous performances, deft direction, power-packed screenwriting and dialogue, melodious soundtrack and of course, the lavish mounting -- this film has it all.

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  • ...celebrates love, life, the longing of a man torn between three women (including his mother), his loyalty and his helplessness when faced with religious diktats!

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  • Bajirao-Mastani resembles Jodhaa-Akbar with teeth that bite, Mughal-e-Azam with shades of philosophical grey.

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  • Rarely do Hindi movies look like they belong on a world stage. Bajirao Mastani is definitely a strong contender for that spot. It’s definitely one of the year’s best.

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  • It is challenging to take a chapter from history from a few decades ago and make it interesting for modern audiences, but SLB pulls it off.

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  • ...may not be perfect but is a memorable, mesmerizing and dazzling piece of cinematic vision.

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  • Bhansali takes a leaf out of history, and crafts it into an exquisite tale. And all the participants in this orchestra are in tune with the conductor, despite the occasional out-of-note keys.

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  • Watch this film for its larger-than-life cinematic experience, and of course, Ranveer Singh.

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  • Watch it for good story telling, Ranveer’s breakthrough performance, passionate chemistry between Bajirao and Mastani and don’t miss Priyanka’s undersized yet powerful role.

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  • One mesmerizing experience, visually. The film is good too.

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  • A compromised screenplay notwithstanding Bajirao Mastani sets standards high. Bhansali outdoes himself at many levels. Watch the film for the sheer scale and scintillating performances.

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  • There isn't a dull moment in this colourful and dramatic film that embraces excess with unabashed abandon.

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  • A melodramatic climax aside, the film is undoubtedly a quality product, Bhansali always ensures that. But what makes it fall just short of excellence is the lack of the journey within. We never get inside the characters...

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  • Bhansali might be one of the last exponents of the grand old Bollywood style. Melodrama is not only something he’s comfortable with, it’s the air his characters breathe.

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  • ...the film also suffers from a condition one might describe as 'Bhansali-it is' – the tendency to be melodramatic, over-long, and highly indulgent.

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  • Despite its shortcomings then, this is a brave and beautiful film – beautiful to look at, beautiful in its position on religion, brave in its take on history, brave in its unwillingness to paint religious groups or its primary characters as black or white.

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  • ...the cinematic liberties that Bhansali takes to colour the Maratha warrior and his controversial choice of partner, makes this an intense drama with distractingly sharp photography.

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  • ...the performance is still an exhilarating mix of fireworks and thunder and lightning, if only because Ranveer Singh is the first leading man in a Sanjay Leela Bhansali movie who knows what it means to play a Sanjay Leela Bhansali leading man.

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  • Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s sumptuous retelling of the legend is strong on romance but weak on statecraft.

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  • Laden with the burden of self-indulgence and dramatic “dialoguebaazi”, the film drags on at its own sweet and laid-back pace.

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  • Sanjay Leela Bhansali returns with another visual spectacle that wilfully takes liberties with the past that it depicts. But it does manage to engage even as it exhausts.

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  • Is there a filmmaker in Bollywood more relentless than Sanjay Leela Bhansali? Relentless in his choice of themes, palette, tone and mood.

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  • ...had the potential to be a terrific historical. What it ends up being is a costume drama: too many costumes, too much revved-up, empty drama, and too little story.

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