Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s ‘Bajirao Mastani’ can easily be compared to K Asif’s magnum opus Mughal-e-Azam which remains an all-time favourite of viewers of good cinema across the world even after five decades.
By Amitabh Srivastava
Critics have tried to decode the epic that immortalised the power of love like it never had been done on screen. Each character of the film, including the artist who sings ‘Hai Mohabbat Zindabad’ knows fully well ruthlessly emperor depicted by Prithviraj Kapoor will be annoyed.
Each of the 12 songs of the film has been picturized so well that it brings out both the innocence and the defiance of the lovers who know that their love story is star-crossed.
But for me, the most enduring memories of the film that was as much a hit in its coloured version in 2004 as its black and white version released in 1960, are its powerful dialogues.
Who can forget the epic confrontation between Jodha Bai and her rebel son Salim in which she says “Khudaar Mughlon ki aabroo itni halki nahi ki ek naacheez laundi ke barabar tul jaye. Aur humara Hindustan tumhara dil nahi ki laundi jiski malika bane” to which he replies in style “Toh mera bhi dil koi aap ka Hindustan nahi jispe aap hukumat karein.”
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