Bajirao Mastani vs Dilwale

By on November 27, 2015

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 vs Dilwale


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.

Star Cast

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.”

“Dil toh har kisike paas hota hai, par sab Dilwale nahin hote!””

Which one of these films are you more excited about? Let us know in the comments below.

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Aditi Bhatia

Aditi continues her quest for the perfect French fry. She has a doctorate in linguistics. She can hold her breath for almost a minute, and out-eat most grown men. She works at City University of Hong Kong. She loves to cook, and if you have a good sense of humour, you’ll love her food. One day she wants to open a bookshop. If you think she’s lost her mind… You’re wrong; she probably has it backed up on an external hard drive somewhere.
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