Bollywood’s highly anticipated movie of the year ‘Bajirao Mastani’, starring Ranveer Singh, Deepika Padukone and Priyanka Chopra, has landed itself in huge trouble. A petition has been filed in a Pune court seeking a ban on Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s upcoming film ‘Bajirao Mastani’, alleging that it has distorted the history relating to late king Shrimant Bajirao Peshwe and his family members.
The petition was filed yesterday stating that historical facts had been wrongly portrayed in the film while showing late king Bajirao Peshwe and his wives Kashibai and Mastani. The ‘Pinga’ song in the film shows leading actresses Priyanka Chopra and Deepika Padukone dancing together, which, the petitioner said distorts history. The petition claims that ‘Pinga’ dance is an integral part of Marathi culture and has been portrayed as an item song in the film. The petition claims that the song is offensive and disrespects a Marathi lady.
The case will come up for hearing on November 26 before Pune Metropolitan Magistrate S S Bhule, according to advocate Wajid Khan, who appeared on behalf of Hemant Patil, president of NGO- Bharat against Corruption, who has filed the plea. Besides Sanjay Leela Bhansali, Priyanka and Deepika are named as respondents. The court will hear the sides on November 26 to decide on issuing notices to the respondents.
The Magistrate has allowed the petitioner’s plea on the point of jurisdiction of the Magistrate court in Pune to hear the matter, said Wajid Khan. In a letter written to Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis yesterday, Prasadrao has demanded that the government look into the matter, review the upcoming film ‘Bajirao Mastani’, investigate the matter and take a decision accordingly.
Earlier, Prasadrao Peshwe, the descendant of Bajirao Peshwa I, had also alleged that historical facts have been altered while portraying the late king and his wives in the film.
‘Bajirao Mastani’ is a historical love story between the warrior Peshwa Bajirao portrayed by Ranveer Singh and Mastani portrayed by Deepika Padukone. Priyanka Chopra portrays the character of Bajirao’s first wife, Kashibai. Directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali, the movie is slated to release next month on December 18, 2015.