Exactly 100 years after the publication of the general theory of relativity, scientists find proof of gravitational waves predicted by Einstein.
- The musical score is sublime (jukebox 1 and jukebox 2)
- Best Number: Gajanana (entire song)
- Most Boring Number : Mohe Rang Do Lal, even Bajirao looks like he is going to fall asleep at any moment.
- Most relatable character : It has to be Priyanka Chopra’s Kashibai.
- Best Dressed : Kashibai, I loved her traditional Marathi outfits, from the nose-pins to the nine-yard sarees to the traditional khopa, or the braided bun.
- Character that defies Credulity: Mastani, she was drowning in a sea of fabric and seemed weighed down by the jewelry, especially the nose rings. You would die in Pune in summer (90s in shade, if you are lucky) if you wore all those layers. Also, her pedantic lectures about Ishq (romantic love) to her parents, Bajirao’s terrifying mother and Chattrapati Shahu defy both common sense and credulity.
- Dialog seems at times overwrought and overdone, see the point above.
- Hottest scene: Kashibai sneaking up on Bajirao in the bath. (around 0.56 in the Albela Sajan video)
- A paragraph about where Bajirao fits in the history (chronologically and in terms of importance) of India would have been useful either at the beginning and/or the end of the movie. A prologue and/or an epilogue, if you will.
- All in all, despite some missteps Sanjay Leela Bhansali manages to hit many high notes. The main love story is not as riveting as it could have been, I found it hard to root for Bajirao and Mastani. However the resulting fallout and conflict with orthodox religious hierarchy of Pune and Bajirao’s own family is believable and depressing familiar. Even today an interfaith match like Bajirao Mastani wouldn’t go down too well among most Indian families.
Musical Score : A
Dialog : B-
Overall : B +
I will expand on these points in my upcoming posts. Until then I leave you with a poster of Bajirao Mastani starring my kittehs. As always questions and comments are welcome.
By two_kittehs ( Picture by: two_kittehs)
Questions that have been on my mind in no particular order.
- What can Trump do to lose his first place position in the polls for Republican Presidential hopefuls?
- Are “anti-establishment voters” of this election cycle, the new tea-partiers?
- Einstein’s theory of General Relativity celebrates a century and gets all the press while Maxwell’s seminal theory of electromagnetism celebrates 150 years, and barely gets a mention, why no love for Maxwell?
- WTF does curating a wardrobe (a term favored by fashion and style bloggers) mean? You have clothes, you wear them. Unless you work in a museum you are not curating anything.
- Best score of the year, Bajirao Mastani or Katyar Kaljat Ghusli?
Do you have any burning questions of your own? Answers to my questions? I would like to hear them, Kthnx bai.
Winter is not my favorite season. The short days, the dip in temperatures and most of all the lack of sunlight gets to me. Nature begins its nap in early December not to awaken until the spring thaw comes. As I look out of the window, I see that the oaks and the maples have shed their leaves revealing the stark beauty of the branches underneath. Without the leaves to obstruct the view, I can see the distant mountains that surround me. The grass is still green in patches and there is no snow yet and there are some remnants of withered brown leaves still left on trees.
Einstein’s greatest achievement and one of the foremost intellectual achievements of all time completes a 100 years this year. If you think that you have no use for Einstein’s seminal theory, think again. The accuracy of the ubiquitous navigations systems that depend on the Global Positioning System rely on special and general relativistic corrections to Newton’s Laws.
Other physics related posts here.