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The other day I uploaded captures from Bajirao Mastani which you can view here. And now I finally got around to capping the bonus features from the DVD. If you don’t have the DVD yet, you can buy it on Amazon.



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He spoke about the difficulty in convincing Priyanka Chopra to play Kashibai in ‘Bajirao Mastani’ (2016), “Yes, it was because it was about Bajirao and Mastani. We discussed and we brainstormed. She understood it was a powerful role though it was not a title role. But it was audience friendly. Kashi allows her husband to go where his love was. Priyanka had faith that I’d would be doing something special with her, which we discovered as we shot. When she saw BM on screen, she drove 45 minutes to my friend’s house just to hug me. She said, “Thank God! I did this film and thank you for making this film.” I said the same to her.”

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Bajirao Mastani was your next Bollywood flick – given the grandeur of the movie, was it overwhelming?
Bajirao Mastani has been a mega-mega project, especially given the scale of the work that has gone behind the movie. Working on the three lead actors, the primary characters of the movie, has been a lot of hard-work and it is exciting to see how the churnings of my creativity appeared on-screen and be praised by the audiences and members of my fraternity.

You’ve worked with both Deepika Padukone and Priyanka Chopra twice now for such culturally and history-inspired costumes. What was that like? And how different are the two?
While both Deepika and Priyanka had to portray very contrasting roles, they are also such different actors. Their appearances played a significant role in the way we used each of their features to narrate the respective character to the audience. Priyanka’s eyes helped showcase the innocence of Kashibai in Bajirao Mastani; her features highlighted the vivaciousness of the character and her figure emphasised the beauty of the Nauvari saris she is wearing. Deepika’s character in the movie is a fierce warrior with moments of intense vulnerability. The innocence of her eyes and the softness of her face aptly portrayed Mastani.

Share with us an anecdote from the set of one of the films. What was the most memorable moment?
Bajirao Mastani is period movie based on the Maratha Peshwa – Bajirao’s life, with a focus on his relationship with Mastani. With enough historical records at our disposal today, the costume design, especially for Ranveer Singh (Bajirao) and Priyanka Chopra (Kashibai), was largely based on these historical references, on the code of dressing in that era for Maharashtrian nobility and people of stature. Also, since the narrative is based on real-life personalities that have left an indelible mark in our history, we wanted to maintain the authenticity of the time, era and stature, keeping true to their essence. However, there is not much written or recorded material on Mastani. For that character, being beautifully portrayed by Deepika, we took many creative liberties based only on inspirational references.

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While Bajirao Mastani released it recieved a lot of falk for not being authentic or staying true to the story and the characters. But then Sanjay leea Bhansali was not making a historical. He was attempting a biopic, a period love story and every filmmaker has the right to take cinematic liberties. One of the most jarring thing in the film was the oomph factor of Bajirao’s wife Kashibai (Priyanka Chopra) who hailed from a royal family and was the epitome of grace and dignity. However, PC played Kashibai with a tight sari, flashing midriff and cleavage baring. Bhansali was strictly against a sexy Kashibai. But Priyanka didn’t pay heed to the director.

Priyanka admits, “Sanjay sir was trying really hard to take the sexy out of me. The poor guy kept telling me ‘This is impossible! Kashibai is not supposed to be sexy! Stop it! She’s supposed to be simple, a child woman but then what to do about my sexy waist? I can’t help it.” She adds that she had her own inputs to Kashibai’s character. “I am a very instinctive actress which is why Sanjay and I have a great chemistry together. He changes the perspective of the scenes, and I am also someone who loves spinning a scene on its head. If I am supposed to be angry what other emotions can I show because it is never an isolated emotion – there is always a baggage of multiple emotions that you are feeling. I get very excited at googlies thrown my way and he loves throwing them so our combination works very well and Kashi is a testament to that.”

Ask her which amongst Quantico’s Alex Parrish, Abha in Jai Gangajal and Ayesha in Dil Dhadakne Do she relates to and she says, “All these different characters exist in this world and I have fun making Priyanka disappear and bringing whoever into it. I don’t relate to any of them. I never play myself. I always become different people. Like Abha in Jai Gangajal, she is too honest and straight-forward for me. Alex is too different from me. I am more emotional, Ayesha was too subdued for me. She didn’t have a voice of a woman of today and I am not like that. But I really wanted to play a woman like that – stuck in situations she might not want to be in. A character like Kashi from 500 years ago. If my husband fell in love with somebody else, I would say, ‘I love you enough to let you go.’ I have self-respect enough to let you go. You can’t hold on to someone who is not in love with you anymore. And Kashi in her own way in the 1500s did that. She told him, ‘I love you and your happiness is most important, go where you are happy, I will be fine.’ It’s heart-breaking to do that, she did it in a very dignified way. ”

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Ranveer Singh, Deepika Padukone and Priyanka Chopra starrer “Bajirao Mastani” has shattered the lifetime box office collection record of Hrithik Roshan starrer “Bang Bang”. Till its fourth Thursday, “Bajirao Mastani” accumulated Rs 181.01 crore and adding the fifth Friday collection the earnings will be more than “Bang Bang” lifetime box office collection, which is Rs 181.03 crore.

“#BajiraoMastani [Week 4] Fri 1.40 cr, Sat 2.35 cr, Sun 2.70 cr, Mon 98 L, Tue 95 L, Wed 77 L, Thu 96 L. Total: ₹ 181.01 cr. India biz. FAB!” box office analyst Adarsh added.

“Bajirao Mastani” is now the 12th highest grosser of all time and third highest grosser of 2015.

Directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali, “Bajirao Mastani” is a historic period drama based on the life of Peshwa Bajirao and Mastani.

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Priyanka Chopra is in an enviable position. On the one hand, she is said to be the sexiest sizzler on television a la Quantico in the US, on the other, she moves towards slipping under the historical fiction of Bajirao Mastani. TWF correspondent Shoma A Chatterji in conversation with her

Do you like flying around for promo hypes of your films?
Like is an understatement. I truly enjoy these promo programmes. Sometimes, they are so enjoyable that I do not mind repeating these trips even if they are for the same film. The only problem is that one has to answer out-of-the-box questions that do not relate to the film being promoted and sometimes, this creates issues with the producers. But to tell the truth, sometimes even this becomes a diversion from what one is doing at that given point of time.

In Bajirao Mastani, the character you have essayed, that of Kashibai who is Bajiraos wife, is the third angle of the triangle and therefore, dominated by the two main characters, Bajirao and Mastani. Dont you have issues with such roles?
Not at all because I was mentally prepared for this role even when I was shooting for Mary Kom which is quite some time ago. After playing the lead in many good films, I took it as a challenge to play the role of a sacrificing, decent and testing role for a change. I have no issues with this at all.

How many scenes do you have with Deepika Padukone?
Hardly in two scenes and one of them is in the song Pinga which has turned out to be a big hit. The film does not offer any scope for comparing between our performances because I am in other scenes and the characterisation is completely different from what Mastanis is. Deepika is an old friend of mine and Sanjay was happy when he saw us together just before the Pinga song was to be shot.

Did the US stints so frequently make you homesick?
Yes, I used to feel extremely homesick in the US and was crazily looking out for a small escape route to come back home. I missed talking in Hindi and I missed meeting and chatting up with my friends. Besides, I knew that the promos, trailer and poster launches for Bajirao were happening back home without me in the picture. That added to the restlessness. The production team was constantly in touch with me. I had informed them that I would be back the minute I was free.

You had problems with the language for both Bajirao Mastani and Quantica. Would you like to elaborate?
Yes, there were serious language issues and I had to specially train for both. For Quantico, I had to acquire the correct American accent I did not have and found it difficult to get through. For Bajirao Mastani, I was playing a historical character from the Maratha rule which demanded a different kind of Marathi and I had to sound like a true-blue Maharasthrian. I took up training in Marathi dialect for the film and I strongly believe that as a dedicated and good actor, I can slip smoothly into any character I want and that is an everyday challenge for any actor.

Did Quantico raise racial problems?
Nothing like what I experienced when I lived in Boston as a student. While working in Quantico, I was both amused and shocked at the crazy ideas my co-actors have about Indians. They still believe that Indians are all snake charmers who love to play with snakes. God alone knows from where they got these ideas.

Over the past 13 years that you have been in films, it has always been an uphill task. Do you agree?
I am never hassled by hard work and the harder it gets, the more challenging it becomes for me. I am deeply inspired by Mary Kom who told me that when your body and mind are giving up, you must but must brave through it. I have made my choice of the kind of life I want to lead and neither do I want to make excuses nor take it for granted. Hard work falls within my life.

Do you think that your having been chosen to play the dynamic, action-oriented FBI agent in Quantico is a culmination of your work for 13 years?
Of course. The people who chose me for this role were actually recognizing me and my work as an Indian actress and they had heard of me before I felt. The Indian languages may differ from the American brand of English they use, but over the years, Indian films are not only being screened across the world but are also being made in several countries beyond Indian borders. I am basically an Indian actress. The fact that I have been taken for this role proves how much Indian cinema has spread across the world. Please note that 44 countries are watching Quantico every week which is a testament to the power of Indian cinema.

You career is generously marked by versatile characterisations in umpteen films. Would you like to comment on it?
Thats how I wanted my career to go. I played the autistic girl in Barfi, a cabaret dancer in Gunday, a real life sports champion in Mary Kom, a model who falls from the top and makes it to the top again in Fashion, and an out-and-out Punjabi girl in Dil Dhadakne Do besides that Maharashtrian girl from the slums in Kameeney and a totally negative role in Aitraaz. I will be playing a tough cop in Prakash Jhas Jai Gangaajal followed by the first production from my own house Purple Pebble Pictures tentatively titled Madameji. Still, there are miles to go and I am looking forward to them.

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Priyanka Chopra has had an amazing 2015. She made heads turn in Dil Dhadakne Do, grabbed eye balls with her American show Quantico and now is winning hearts with Bajirao Mastani. In a candid chat, Priyanka talks about the success of her latest film, her show and the forthcoming projects!

Bajirao Mastani opened to rave reviews. And apart from Ranveer, your performance has been appreciated. Your reaction?
Phew.. It feels honestly great. I mean I am playing Kashi, not Bajirao or Mastani. But my house is a garden right now. I came back home and for a second I was like ‘Is it my birthday’? Because it is only at that time when my house looks like that. So many people have been calling me up. When I accpeted Kashi’s role, that time only I knew this will be a hugely impactful role to do it. I was the first person to get cast. For me its a different role. I have always played tough, ass-kicking woman. But Kashi had no voice. History had forgotten her, she couldn’t say anything and yet she had to strong and resilient. And I wanted to do that and make her be remembered in history. I am so glad that somehow through me, that would happen.

For Ranveer Singh, Amitabh Bachchan’s letter is the biggest gift. What about you?
We have all got compliments from Mr. Bachchan. My mother has a huge collection of his letters because she is his fan. She can’t talk when she stands in front of him. She compares my performances on whether I have received the letter or no. It is like my mother’s medal. If he doesn’t send me a letter, my mother thinks I haven’t done well.

Many of your colleagues appreciated your work including Shahid Kapoor…
(Interrrupts) A lot of people have appreciated my work. Many of them with whom I haven’t worked for years, have complimented me. I don’t like taking names. It is personal. What is out there is for all to see, what is not, I cannot reveal it to you. I am so overwhelmed right now. It is not just the colleagues but the audience that has complimented me. I have got such overwhelming love for it. People call me ‘Kashibai’ when I land at the airport. It is so wonderful. Even when I was in Montreal, it was wonderful to get that reception.

Many people said that the film should have had more of Priyanka Chopra. Your thoughts?
I haven’t watched the film, I am seeing the film tomorrow. But I don’t think so. I am someone who believes that the length of the role doesn’t matter. I have done 8 scenes in Kaminey, but that was so impactful. Someone told me once, there is no small role, there are just small actors. And I am not a small actor. I believe in my craft. My art is spirituality for me. I don’t compete with others but myself. If the film does well, then everybody wins. I guess everyone should think that way. We are not the only ones in a film. There are 300 people working on it, we are just the face on the poster. That is not right. Kashi wouldn’t be Kashi without people who made her that – SLB, Anju Modi, Priyanka (My hairstylist), My Make-Up team etc. I don’t think the length matters at all. I am so glad Kashi had that impact on all.

What’s next for you now?
Quantico will be a consistent part of my life because the season got extended to 22 episodes. I will be shooting that from January to April. I would be doing two films, deciding which ones. Pheewwww… And that is lot of work. I have some amazing choices and it will be difficult to decide which ones to do and which one to leave. It is heartbreaking. Considering Quantico is a hit show, hopefully we will get renewed for a second season and work on it. I have Jai Gangaajal too for which I am most excitedt. It is the most relevant film. It talks about plight of farmers and the increasing corruption. It is also on gender equality. My character stands up against the odds and wants all to treat her for her capabilities. I have always believed in that in real life too. Treat me on merit and not because of a girl, or because I know you.

There are reports that you are approached for Sultan and a Kalpana Chawla biopic..
There a bunch of films but I cannot commit which one I am doing. And no, I have never been approached for Sultan.

Love triangles are messy. Ranveer said in an interview that in real life, he has been a Kashibai. What is your take on the triangles?
People complicate! Pyaar Hojaata.. You cannot decide with whom you want to fall in love. It could be right and could be wrong according to a lot of people but no one except the people involved have the right to decide what is right or wrong. So the same way I feel, triangles would be happening, but it most important to see where the true love is. In this, both Bajirao and Mastani are right. It’s not their fault. Kashi’s also not wrong. But it was Bajirao who was torn between the two. Nobody’s wrong. Hence Kashi let him go because she wanted him to be happy. If I was in that situation, and if my husband fell in love with someone, I would say ‘Bye, Cya!’ I wouldn’t take care of him, especially when I see him cheating on me! I am of the belief that love should prevail.

Lastly Priyanka, Salman celebrates his 50th birthday tomorrow. What would you like to wish for him?
I would wish him health and prosperity. I heard he was unwell. But he is Salman Khan the Superhero!

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Bollywood actress Priyanka Chopra, who is seen in the character of Kashibai in Sajay Leela Bhansali’s magnum opus ‘Bajirao Mastani,’ recently revealed that she always had faith in this flick and is amused with the response she is getting for it.

The 33-year-old Priyanka Chopra said, “Like all other films I do, I had believe in this film as well, but the love I have got for my character in the flick was unexpected. I am really happy that people are liking Kashibai’s character so much.”

Further, the ‘Mary Kom’ star also revealed that she was the first one to be casted for the flick.

She said, “Sanjay Leela Bhasali casted Khashibai first, when I was doing ‘Mary Kom’ he came to me and said when I will cast Kashibai then only I will decide who will play Bajirao and Mastani.”

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Actress Priyanka Chopra counts her role of Peshwa Bajirao’s first wife Kashibai in Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s “Bajirao Mastani” as one of her career-defining outings.

Though a supporting character in the love story of Bajirao and Mastani, Kashibai has got the 33-year-old actress praise from fans, critics and her colleagues.

“I did not expect this kind of response for my role of Kashibai. It has become like milestone. (My) roles in ‘Aitraaz’,’Fashion’, ‘Mary Kom’, ‘Barfi’ and now Kashibai in ‘Bajirao Mastani’ will be remembered by people,” Priyanka said.

Megastar Amitabh Bachchan sent her a hand-written note, praising her performance in the period drama, which stars Ranveer Singh and Deepika Padukone in lead roles.

“We all have got compliments from Mr Bachchan. Whenever he sees best performances he sends hand written note. My mother collects them as she is a huge fan of Mr Bachchan. She can’t talk when she stands in front of him,” the actress said.

“She judges my performances over Mr Bachchan’s notes. Over the years it has become a tradition. I told him, ‘If you don’t send me a letter every time my mother will think I have performed badly’.”

The “Quantico” actress, however, added that she did not want to “harp” on the praise she received from Bachchan.

“I don’t like taking names. I don’t want to harp up on it. It’s a personal thing. Besides him, there are lot of people including those who haven’t been in touch for long time have praised my work. It’s been wonderful to see the unanimous kind of love and adulation that I have got for ‘Bajirao Mastani’.”

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Priyanka’s ex-boyfriend Shahid Kapoor was also among the people, who expressed their admiration for the actress’ portrayal of Kashibai.

Shahid had tweeted, saying, “Priyanka is in top form,” to which the actress had replied, “Thank you @shahidkapoor glad you liked the film.”

When asked if the “Haider” star called her personally to congratulate on her performance, Priyanka said, “What is out there is out there for you to read. What is not I won’t talk bout it.”

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