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Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s grandeur Bajirao Mastani starring Ranveer Singh, Deepika Padukone, Priyanka Chopra based on the life of noted general Bajirao Ballal Bhat, who served as the Maratha Peshwa, has caught itself amidst fresh controversies. The film is based on the novel Rau by NS Inamdar.
Earlier in in the light of this issue, Prasadrao Peshwa, a descendant of Bajirao Peshwa I, on November 20 said that the historical facts have been 'altered' in the depiction of Peshwa and his wives in Bajirao Mastani. In a letter written to Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, Prasadrao demanded that the government should review the film, investigate the matter and take a decision accordingly.
Essaying the role of Kashibai, Priyanka Chopra in one of her recent interviews, expressed her view on the issue saying, “This film is a part of history. You will get clarification from the production house (Eros International) and Sanjay Leela Bhansali. This film is based on a book called Rau and that is the author's version of what happened in Bajirao and Mastani's love story. So look at it as a beautiful rendition, an epic saga told from the vision of the director."
To express the concerns and issues arising from the film, the Peshwas called a press conference. The event will be duly attended by Shri Udaysinh Peshwa, Pune (Descendant of Shrimant Bajirao Peshwa), Awais Bahadur Nawab Sahab, Indore (Descendant of Mastani Baisaheb), Shrimant Sardar Satyasheelraje Dabhade, Talegaon Dabhade (Descendant of Sarsenapati Umabaisaheb Khanderao Dabhade - Only female C-in-C of the Maratha Army).
Following are the live updates from the same:
"The song Pinga we see Mastani and Kashi dancing, it's impossible for ranis to Dance like this."
"We cannot digest the way the are shown in the song and film. It's embarrassing for us as it will be shown in India and abroad and it will bring bad name to our community."
"Even Malhari song they have shown Bajirao dancing. The lyrics are bad. We want the songs to get cut off from the film"
"They never asked us for suggestions and advice."
"We want them to show us the film so that we consult them and then it gets released."
"Mastani's descendant: the title is Bajirao it should be Shrimant Bajirao"
"Mastani's Dance: I am asking a question that is there a king in India who made his queens Dance in his darbar? Jo log Ghar k hain unse atleast advise Lena ta then they could have gone ahead with the film"
"We want them to show us the film and we want some derogatory scenes to get edited from the film. We have filed a petition in the high court already and if they edit the film as we want them, we will talk to them about anything else."
"When we saw the trailer, there were many derogatory shots. As a royal family how can we tolerate this? I discussed with my family as we are the direct descendants and the history, facts and everything are with us. This is not just with us, it's about the entire community" Nawab Ali Bahadur
"We want to have face to face to talk with SLB": Nawab Ali Bahadur
"We informed Sanjay Leela B that we are the direct descendants of B and M. He attended only one notice but didn't reply to our calls. It's not right to make a film on a family without asking their direct descendants." - wife of Nawab Ali
"If SLB could have known anything about Bajirao Mastani and Kashibai, It would have been from us." - wife of Nawab Ali
"I urge you all to get this news to them so that because this is our 9th generation and we want to have a direct discussion with them."
"We have sent a letter to Fadnavis, Modi, Censor Board, culture ministry": Social activist
"There are theories that after marriage to Mastani, Bajirao's love for Kashi was lessened but that is not true. For Bajirao both of them were of utmost importance:" wife of Nawab Ali
"The descendants of Peshwas visited the sets of Bajirao. SLB told them that the film is going to be excellent please do not hesitate. At that stage Peshawas had no issue."
"There are number of mistakes in the book Rau too"
"Whatever creative Liberty they have take here is not right. You cannot have bajirao jumping the trunk of an elephant and cutting a man's throat. He was no superman"
"After watching the song Pinga and Malhari we do not think the projection is right. Because there are so many families who are affected by this."
"You cannot tarnish someone's image to make money. You have to show what's real": commanders son
"We as descendants, the blood runs through us, we need to know what's going to come in the film."
"There are some Marathi actors also in the movie, why did they not object then?": commander's son
"The Peshwas were shown only one set when they visited the sets. I had requested that please make film according to history: Bajirao's descendant
"We haven't received any response from anybody be it the director, CM or cultural minister."
"There's a scene showing Bajirao putting water on Kashibai's head. That is completely objectionable. That is something very private": Bajirao's descendant
"We strongly object to two dialogues "Bajirao me Mastani se mohhabat ki hai" and "apne hamesha jaan mangi hoti to de dete, apne to humse humara guroor cheen lia". We should say that to them they stole our dignity": Mastani's descendant
"Ranveer Singh is not perfect for the role. The actor should look like that yes he is the one who fought for Marathis not someone like Ranveer Singh." Nawab Sahab
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