December 18th sees the release of two major Bollywood films: Rohit Shetty’s multi-starrer, Dilwale, and Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s magnum opus, Bajirao Mastani. And here’s why it might be time to pick a side.
Bajirao Mastani, a historical romance, tells the story of Maratha warrior Peshwa Baji Rao and his two wives, set against the backdrop of the Maratha Empire and its many trials and tribulations.
Dilwale, a true romance, action, comedy, drama (basically the garam masala of Bollywood spices) tells the story of two brothers, their respective partners and (in true Rohit Shetty style), a romance between the movie leads and the many many two and four-wheelers that they race, drive, fly and crash.
Bajirao Mastani sees Ranveer Singh departing for the first time in his acting repertoire from the typical fast-talking, pervy romantic lead to play a character role, going bald, and perfecting his Marathi diction; Deepika looking fierce and restrained as warrior princess Mastani; and Priyanka taking a break from being chased as wanted FBI agent Alex Parrish to playing the innocent, anguished Kashi Bai.
Dilwale sees Shah Rukh Khan (for the first time) playing Raj, a doting brother, and lover extraordinaire; Kajol as the soulful, wilful (finally better dressed) Meera; Varun Dhawan as the adoring, happy-go-lucky younger brother; and Kriti Sanon, as also there.
USP of both films
Extravagant, larger than life sets depicting old day glamour; Kajol’s two-foot long pallu flying in the air; slick action and stunts; Ranveer as a baldy; beautifully choreographed songs; Deepika wielding a sword; Kajol’s two-foot long pallu flying in the air; poetic lyrics and melodic beats; crazy chemistry between real and reel life lovers Deepika and Ranveer; Kajol and SRK reuniting after the longest three hour lesson on how to say Khan “from the epiglottis”; many flying crashing burning cars; Kajol’s two-foot long pallu flying in the air; Pinga faceoff between Priyanka and Deepika (neither of whom are known for their dancing abilities); Varun trying to pull a SRK in the romance department; many DDLJ references; Varun-SRK bromance, youthful man verses man who thinks he’s still youthful; Priyanka as the demure Kashibai; and finally, Kajol’s two-foot long pallu flying in the air.
You decide- Screen or TV?
“Aap hum hi se humhari zindigi maang lete hum aapko khushi khushi de dete, par aapne toh humse humhara guroor cheen liya.”
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“Dil toh har kisike paas hota hai, par sab Dilwale nahin hote!””
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Which one of these films are you more excited about? Let us know in the comments below.