Can Shahrukh Khan and Deepika Padukone be Bajirao-Mastani?

Posted Tue, April 16, 2013 10:53am IST

We hear that Sanjay Leela Bhansali is planning to give some concrete shape to his idea of portraying the life of Bajirao and Mastani onscreen…yet again. Every time he starts on it, an unforeseen hurdle trips him up. But if he’s gonna be successful this time around, he has to find the perfect Peshwa of the Maratha clan and a fiery Mastani to match him 

The entertainment world is abuzz with rumours that Sanjay Leela Bhansali plans to make Bajirao Mastani with Katrina Kaif and Deepika Padukone. While nothing much has been revealed about who’s going to play Bajirao’s part, our fun-seeking media friends think that Ranbir Kapoor would be the ideal candidate for the role (we all know why!), thus recreating the Silsila casting coup. But there’s rich history associated with Bajirao and Mastani. Asking Katrina to do a hardcore period film for which having pure Hindi diction – or the Marathi tinged version – will obviously be a prerequisite, is like making a major casting boo-boo.

We all know about the hype created around the filmi story of Bajirao-Mastani, but do we really know what the real history is? Who were they? What were they like? What happened between them? A bit of research gave us that much needed input for our inquisitive minds. Although there are many fables woven around these two iconic people, the most credible story is apparently the one in which Bajirao – the Maratha Peshwa – rescued the Maharaja of Chhatrasal in Bundelkhand province, from Mughal chief Mohammad Khan Bangash. The Maharaja showered Baji with a huge amount of wealth and gave him his daughter Mastani as a token of thanks; Bajirao married the lady. While many versions suggest that Mastani was his lawfully wedded wife, legends also state that Mastani was the Peshwa’s mistress; his wife was called Kashibai.

We don’t know what twist SLB plans to give to his period drama, but we definitely have a couple of people in mind that could fit the bill for the main characters. While we hear that older actors like Rani Mukerji and Kareena Kapoor have been ruled out as a possibility for playing Mastani – the lovely lady was very young – we think the older ones are the best suited to do justice to such a significant role.


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  • irsa

    i think hrithik, kareena and sonakshi woul be the perfect cast for bajiro mastani

  • alina

    kareena: She could do justice to the role in terms of acting, But DANCING and SINGING??… No way!
    Priyanka: As the article says shes a complete package. Have tremendous acting skills, dances really well and we have seen her singing skills too, which is great. :D
    Anushka: she kinda acts well, but err..No! Shes way too thin. And i guess sanjay doesnt want a skeleton mastani in his film :P
    Parineeti: She undoubtedly acts really well. The next PC ! But havnt seen her dancing much. Or may be shes too young for the role.
    Deepika: I think in terms of looks, she is the perfect mastani. She has those beautiful indian looks. She has improved her acting. Have seen her indian dance In OSO which is great.

  • EM

    I believe deepika, kareena and sonakshi are the best to cast

  • akira

    Priyanka and Deepika are the best choices!

  • Keshinee

    I think shahrukh, rani and deepika o priyanka will be perfect!

  • Sonali D

    Deepika is absolutely perfect. Beautiful and sultry.
    And both cool and hot! :-)
    She’s going to set the screen on fire.

  • gpm

    Shahrukh too old!
    New comers growing
    ad let them grow and show their abilities!
    old actors young heroine.
    so many young TV stars are good too.

  • Sonia

    I think Deepika will excel in this. I can visualize her as Mastani. She will be electric.

    • Dylan

      I totally agree. ‘Electric’ was the word I was looking for.

  • Bhanu

    Why Katrina in the picture at all?

    • cindyd

      I AGREE! KAtrina is so stiff as an actress…I have not enjoyed he in anything. Will she please change the expression on her face ONCE??

  • Dana

    Only Salman and Kareena or Aishwarya can be Bajirao Mastani.

  • Asif

    Just go and take a look at the real historical Bajirao and you will realise why Sanjay Leela Bhansali wants Salman Khan to play Bajirao. Salman suits the Maratha king perfectly. SRK looks nothing like the maratha king.
    Only Salman could be Bajirao, no one else.

  • Nayantara

    Kareena and Aishwarya are too old for this. Perhaps Kareena would fit the wife’s role. Deepika is a perfect fit.

  • Arjun R

    Miss. Padukone, I think, will do a super job. I can imagine her as Mastani. She’s be great.

  • Maya G

    SRK and SK are both too old for the role. I’d go for Ranveer Singh or Ranbir Kapoor.

  • Itismefornow

    I think Aishwarya and SRK will be the best choice. If they do what they did in Devdas. Though i like Deepika too.

    • Deepak

      Aishwarya Rai.??? Are you nuts?

  • lia kan

    I would totally love seeing parineeti chopra as mastani!! She is a such a great actress! She did extremely well in ishqzaade..She is very eccentric and more energetic than priyanka chopra, anushka sharma, and kareena kapoor! .I would love to see hritik rohsan or arjun kapoor as bajrao!..they have the old king look! Sonakshi sinha is the best choice for kashbai! she looks oldskool and very homely!

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  • Milan

    Deeps would be great. Mr. Bhansali would know that! Can’t wait to see her as Leela first and then as Mastani.


    SRK and Deepika will be best…………..

  • Dagu

    Only salman khan can do bajirawo n mastani katrina wife kareena the film ll be blockbuster.

  • Sarah

    No way!!!!!!
    Salman would better do it this than other actors… Maybe amir khan is perfect !!!!!
    Kareena and Rani are looking beautiful smile n great actress than deeplika might copys aishwarya in jodha Akbar… Deep a like look aish in jodha Akbar

  • marie

    srk super