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Bajirao Mastani (2015) DM - Priyanka Chopra, Deepika Padukone, Ranveer Singh


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In the early 18th century, the Maratha Chhatrapati Shahu's (Mahesh Manjrekar) court needs a new Peshwa, the equivalent of a modern day prime minister. In spite of Shilpat Rao's (Aditya Pancholi) self-nomination, Minister Pant (Milind Soman) chooses to nominate a young Bajirao (Ranveer Singh). To test his spiritual wisdom and knowledge of weaponry, Shilpat challenges Bajirao to split a peacock feather with an arrow. He succeeds[who?] and is given the title of Shrimant Peshwa. Ten years later, his wife Kashibai (Priyanka Chopra) visits her widowed friend Bhanu, whose husband was accused of spying on Bajirao and hence executed. She bitterly forebodes that Kashi's yearning for Bajirao is imminent. While he is traveling to Sironja, an emissary from Bundelkhand infiltrates Bajirao's tent and demands his help in fighting invaders. She reveals herself to be Mastani (Deepika Padukone), the illegitimate daughter of the Rajput King Chhatrasal (Benjamin Gilani) and his Muslim consort Ruhaanibai. Impressed by her skills as a warrior, Bajirao assists her with his army and defeats the invaders. Chhatrasal is overjoyed and insists that Bajirao spend Holi with them. Mastani and Bajirao develop feelings for each other and he gifts her his dagger, which is a symbol of marriage among the Rajput. He soon departs for Pune, where Kashi greets him with a tour of their newly-built Shaniwar Wada and shows him the Aaina Mahal (hall of mirrors) which allows her to see him from her room. Determined to pursue her love, Mastani arrives in Pune but is treated harshly by Bajirao's mother Radhabai (Tanvi Azmi) and accommodated in the palace for courtesans. She tolerates this insult and appears to dance before Bajirao on the occasion of Parava. Radhabai scornfully offers her the occupation of a royal dancer but refuses to accept her as a daughter-in-law. Mastani travels to the King and expresses her desire to be with Bajirao before leaving to wait for him at a ruin across the river. Bajirao crosses the river in the midst of a storm and chides her persistence, reminding her that he is already married and that his court will never respect her if she is with him. She agrees despite his warning and he declares her as his second wife. Bajirao leaves to confront the Nizam of Deccan (Raza Murad) and although his odds of victory are slim, he returns successful. A pregnant Kashi witnesses Bajirao embracing Mastani, who is also expecting, in the Aaina Mahal and leaves for her mother's home. She returns months later with her newborn son, who is named Raghunath in joyous celebration. Mastani also gives birth to a son but her child is deemed illegitimate and Bajirao names him Shamsher Bahadur. A few years later, Kashi's eldest son Balaji Baji Rao (alias Nana Saheb, played by Ayush Tandon) returns from Satara and expresses hatred towards Mastani for disrupting his mother's marriage. Following the murder of Shiva Bhatt, Pant informs Bajirao that he must defeat Nasser, the vengeful son of the Nizam. After Bajirao leaves for battle, Radhabai and Nana Saheb brutally imprison Mastani. Bajirao receives this news and in his hysteria he defeats Nasser alone, but collapses from his injuries. Kashi pleads for Radhabai to release Mastani so that Bajirao can heal, but her attempt proves to be futile as Bajirao dies from the trauma of his hallucinations, just as Mastani passes away in captivity. The two fated lovers are shown to be united in death.

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