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Bajirao Mastani Review (2015)

Bajirao Mastani is a charred historical saga fossilized under the Indian beds of parochial rules. Bajirao was a mighty warrior pestered by his own internal wars and trampled over as a social pariah.

SLB is all about the big and the rambunctious. So he took the epic project of helming the lost mercenary. The Peshwa who was on his way to rule India, but was deliberately slowed down by his fumed relationships, muck amplified more by societal manacles and religious hindrances, than by his own reckless head.

Ranveer aces the character of Bajirao to perfection. With his natural fluency that never leaves him for a second, a Marathi touch that jackhammers every raised voice with a witty comeback or an intervened split, he wears power with confidence. He is flamboyant in his ways, phlegmatic in his attitude towards a situation, and sheer terror when it comes to threatening his enemies. He dons a natural flair and applies it to everything he does something which is quite rare in Indian cinema.

That being said, SLB isn’t all quilts either. He does focus on crucial bits in the movie, however overlooks the apparent, taking the audience for granted at times. Like all the fight scenes in the flick are quite mediocre and over-exaggerated. If you are not in the rhythm of the movie, they would all seem almost indigestible. But oddly he cashes in on the audience’s emotional frequency and creates a superhuman that was a lost face in history.

The pace of the movie is outrageously fast, that does raise brows at its editing. You almost want to take a pit-stop to breathe, but then comes gorgeous conversations. Crucial, gut-wrenching dialogues that put the saddle back on the horse. The conversation between Mastani and Kashibai and the one between Kashibai and Bajirao before he goes to war (Heads up for that Krishna-Rukmini bit), hammer the nail further down your heart. Extremely stunning talks that reek of human impotency to set broken things right again!

The ending of the movie, which could have been smacked by a George R. R. Martin blow, ends up getting stretched beyond limit so that emotional Indian audiences connect. At times, the right emotions appear missing from every character’s face. There isn’t love and yet love is supposed to be there. So, we have to assume, since they weren’t exactly looking smitten.

If all of the above negative aforementioned vibes get overlooked, Bajirao Mastani ends up being a complete package. You can’t just ignore its soothing screenplay that is filled with brilliant dialogues and intercepting comebacks. They are witty, well thought of, and well researched. Some are quite cheesy as well, but they have been all mastered and well executed by the actors.

Bajirao Ballal ends as a true hero avalanched under the ruins of his own deeds. He lost one of the most crucial wars of his life, the mental one, as steeds race past him and his deadly blade, in his contorted head and he drowns a mortal instead of an immortal unstoppable warrior.

Every penny worth epic!

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 Review (2015)

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 aptly concludes the saga.

“You love me. Real or not real?”

The aforesaid escapes Peeta’s lips when he is trying to isolate real memories from the contorted ones. “Real” replies a reassured Katniss as she seeks comfort in Peeta’s arms. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 is an epic finale and a brilliant conclusion to a colossal tale. It all ends right here. Everything boils down to a twisted devious plot well executed by Francis Lawrence. Complemented him a great closure that came winging straight from the rad Suzanne Collins’ book.

Francis helms a beauty of a movie as he sluggishly walks unfurling the gorgeous plot piece by piece taking the bad-ass score at apt junctures. You could almost tell how much effort has been put into the film-making. Every frame is superbly cut, and changed aptly with the right background score for emphasis. Like a scene where Katniss hugs Primrose and the camera revolves around them leaving only music and their eyes to do the talking. So many such gorgeous frames are imbibed in the flick that can’t just go unnoticed.

The drama is great just like its predecessors with Jennifer doing a lot of work to hit the right emotions. Screenplay keeps getting better with every progressive line. Both Danny and Peter did a great job squeezing out the right words.

Pods in the Mockingjay – Part 2 are thrilling to watch. Surprises are strewn all over the Capitol, and things become quite daunting for the team. Mutts in the movie are terrifying. The fight scenes that follow their inclusion are pretty dope too. If you are looking for action, then that is how little you will get to be really frank. But that’s what the saga has always been about. The story! Period.

The final bits leave you asking for more. I have never really liked epilogues. The fact that it is all going to get over soon makes me sad. Like any other franchise that has reached a dead end, The Hunger Games too gradually slips into oblivion which is disheartening.

Anyways, if you have been an avid Hunger Games fan all this time this epic finale can’t be missed. Go for it!