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By Harshmeet Singh

Movies have the power to enforce a perception upon the society. After all, most of the affection for the ‘Superhuman’ Sallu bhai aka Salman Khan is based on the superhero roles he plays on the screen. Alternatively, cinema also has the power to bring forgotten heroes back into the minds of people, as in the case of Bhagat Singh, Milkha Singh and more recently, Peshwa Bajirao.

Considering the widespread reach of cinema in the country, it is imperative that movies based on historical subjects stay true to the facts so that the audience isn’t disillusioned. In this context, the latest Bollywood flick Bajirao Mastani is an interesting case study. Though the movie carries with it disclaimers that certain historical facts have been altered in order to enhance the storytelling, a number of historians believe that the movie’s presentation of Peshwa Bajirao is far from facts.

As soon as the movie hit the screens, historians and other critics took up their pens to sketch the real character of Bajirao which is, for some, far different from Bhansali’s imagination. NewsGram brings you some of the choicest write-ups that try to turn back the pages of history and present the reality of the famed Maratha warrior.

  • On the other hand, in “Why Bajirao is India’s greatest cavalry general”, Colonel Anil A Athale (retd) contests that the Peshwa was the greatest warrior India has ever seen. He says that Bajirao was an unorthodox leader, and hence faced opposition from a number of people.
  • In the article named “The Wonderland of Bajirao and Akhand Bharat”, the writer wittingly compares Peshwa Bajirao’s idea (as shown in movie) of Akhand Bharat with a recent interview given by BJP’s Ram Madhav to Al Jazeera where he said that Akhand Bharat is a possibility.
  • In a blog published in Times of India, Bajirao Mastani a hit-job on the great Maratha, the writer tears into Sanjay Leela Bhansali for distorting multiple facts in the movie and showcasing Bajirao as merely a passionate lover, rather than highlighting his military skills.

The jury is still out on Bhansali’s presentation of the warrior and his averseness towards facts. These insightful write-ups may help you in making up your opinion.

 

 

 

 

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‘Padmaavat’ crosses Rs 300 cr, Ranveer calls it ‘historic film’

Ranveer Singh is overwhelmed that with "Padmaavat", he has entered the club of actors whose movies have minted over Rs 300 crore at the box office

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The movie ‘Padmavat’ has been in news and creating a wave of the storm since the time of its inception. Wikimedia Commons
The movie ‘Padmavat’ has been in news and creating a wave of the storm since the time of its inception. Wikimedia Commons

Ranveer Singh is overwhelmed that with “Padmaavat”, he has entered the club of actors whose movies have minted over Rs 300 crore at the box office. He says it’s a “historic” project that will “glow” in his career.

The actor essayed Alauddin Khilji in the Sanjay Leela Bhansali directorial, which also stars Deepika Padukone and Shahid Kapoor in pivotal roles.

Ranveer singh Playing Alauddin Khilji in Padmavati
Ranveer singh played the role of Alauddin Khilji in Padmavati. Instagram

Ranveer said in a statement: “‘Padmaavat’ is a historic film for our country. I’m overwhelmed and extremely happy that the film has received this much love from audiences not just in India, but also the world over.

“It is a film that is and will always be extremely close to my heart and with it becoming my first ever Rs 300 crore film, the memory of ‘Padmaavat’ will be that much more special.” He thanked Bhansali for his vision, and for giving him a character like Khilji that “will forever glow in my body of work”.

Also Read: Everything You Needs To Know About The Ban On ‘Padmaavat’ Movie and It’s Review

“This success is for all of us to cherish and remember that as artistes, we need to stand by our vision, our craft,” said Ranveer of the movie, which was released on January 25 after much controversy. Just earlier this week, the movie crossed 50 days since hitting the screens, and it’s still counting at the box office. IANS