Priyanka Chopra Defends Bajirao Mastani Against Shiv Sena Threats

Shreemi Verma , 10 Dec 2015
Priyanka Chopra

Shiv Sena is apparently threatening to stop the release of Bajirao Mastani as it allegedly insults Peshwa Bajirao and his spouses and they’ve asked the Chief Minister Of Maharashtra to look into the matter. On Wednesday, the Sena demanded that the makers must cut portions that allegedly distort Maratha history, saying the film portrays Bajirao, Kashibai and Mastani, in a manner that hurts the sentiments of the family’s descendants and Marathi people in general.

With Sena legislator Pratap Sarnaik petitioning to the CM, Devendra Fadnavis asked officials to verify the claims made by the aggrieved descendants of Bajirao and Mastani and “take proper action, if the filmmaker is at fault.”
Priyanka Chopra, who plays Kashibai, told Mid-Day that the film was was entirely Bhansali’s prerogative how he wanted to present a particular story. Here’s what she said –

For me, whatever I have done is completely and absolutely going by Bhansali’s vision. The film is based on a book and the book is inspired by the life of a legend from the 1700s. It is entirely a director’s vision and prerogative about how he wants to present a particular story. And that’s what happens in a democratic country. How are we to say what Bajirao’s personality was in his personal life? How do we know he didn’t dance, smile or didn’t express happiness in his private life? We have to allow a director’s vision and imagination to portray what he thinks could have happened. We must just see it as nothing but the cinematic vision of an extremely prolific filmmaker.

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