Bajirao Mastani: The dilemma of a man in love

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By HT

Mumbai, Nov. 20 -- Film-maker Sanjay Leela Bhansali's magnum opus, Bajirao Mastani, starring Ranveer Singh, Deepika Padukone and Priyanka Chopra, is the result of his 12-yearlong- standing dream.

The love story revolves around Peshwa Baji Rao I and his first wife, Kashibai (played by Priyanka), and a dancer - Mastani - his second wife (played by Deepika).

After releasing the dance number 'Pinga', Bhansali is now gearing up for the film's release. Like his other movies, opulent sets and costumes, packed with drama and nuanced performances, are the USP this time as well.

"The film is a story that I've been yearning to tell. I have lived with it for several years. It features an intense love story, and the dilemma of a man in love. Making this has given me immense joy," says Bhansali.

For Ranveer, who plays the Maratha warrior in the film, working with Bhansali once again (they last collaborated on Goliyon Ki Rasleela Ram-Leela; 2013) was an added bonus. "It's a once-in-a-lifetime film," he says.

Deepika says that this has been her "toughest film so far". "It has been challenging - physically, mentally and emotionally. Sanjay is very sure about what he wants, and he helps you discover new things about yourself," she says.

Talking about the film, Priyanka says that it was the intense love story that attracted her to be part of it. "The movie is poetry in motion. Usually, characters do not affect me, but in this film, they have," says Priyanka.

Sunil Lulla from Eros International Media Ltd says, "It has been an honour and privilege to partner with Sanjay on this film." Eros International and Sanjay Leela Bhansali's Bajirao Mastani is scheduled to release on December 18, 2015.