Deepika Padukone was in the capital to launch the first song of her upcoming movie ‘Bajirao Mastani’ where she said that the song “Deewani Mastani” has “nasha” and Mastani is intoxicated by love. Her character Mastani in the film is a like a horse with blinkers who sees nothing else but her love. (Read: Deepika Padukone: I have personal equation with Shah Rukh Khan)
The actress saw the song “Deewani Mastani” for the first time at the launch herself. She said, “The song is inspired by ‘Mughal-e-Azam’ in a sense. We have tried to recreate the Aina mahal. But it’s also a Sanjay Leela Bhansali take on a contemporary version of the song where Mastani is completely besotted and madly in love with Bajirao. It’s almost nasheela. It doesn’t matter to her where she is or who is watching her. She is like a horse with blinkers. She has eyes for no one else but this one man who is sitting in front of her. She is intoxicated by love.”
The song was launched in Delhi on Saturday (October 17). When asked about the reason for launching the song in Delhi, Deepika said, “There was no better place. There is a lot of inspiration that comes from this city itself, whether it’s in terms of style and fashion, certain things from the film itself, as far as Mastani’s character is concerned. A song of this scale and grandeur, I think it was the perfect opportunity for us to showcase the song here.”
“I think in terms of sheer scale, and when you are dealing with a massive film itself, from the time we announced ‘Bajirao Mastani’, the thoughts and words that come to your mind are large and grand. Within the film itself this is the grandest thing we have done,” she added.
The song has been shot in Aina Mahal, which is also said to be the second most expensive set after ‘Mughal-e-Azam’. The set which took over 45 days to be constructed, had the maximum number of visitors on the sets. It had almost become like a museum and they were at one point considering to do some deal and make it a museum after they finished shooting because it was in the heart of Film City. She said: “There is so much effort that has gone into creating the set.”
The actress, who feels that this song is the grandest of all the songs she has been a part of till date, she said, “I’d like to believe that I have been a part of some iconic songs, but this one is an icing on the cake.
Also when it came to describing her character Mastani in the film, who according to her was more than a warrior, Deepika said, “I think she was someone who came out extremely determined, sensitive and emotional and at the same time someone who can take on any challenge that she is faced with. Along with being a warrior, you can say that she was a nurturer, she was beautiful, there was nothing she could not do. She was complete in every sense. In today’s time, I believe there is a Mastani in every woman. Every woman in that sense is a nurturer, a lover, a friend and I think women often have all these traits and qualities and it’s amazing for me as an actor to have all of these qualities in one woman that I will be able to portray on screen.”
The actress, who likes to dress up in comfortable clothes like a tee and a pair of denims, will be seen in designer Anju Modi’s creations in ‘Deewani Mastani’. When asked about her style, she said, “I would not like to take the credit, we have amazing professionals like Anju and Sanjay Leela Bhansali, who do that for me. I think an actors job is simplified specially when it comes to the movies that you do and the characters that you play, I think half of it comes alive in the costume itself. A director like Bhansali presents his actors so beautifully, it’s like half the battle won. I have always believed that styling is very important in making a character look convincing on screen. So, I don’t take any credit for that, I give the credit to all the amazing people I work with.”
“A film like ‘Bajirao Mastani’ is not complete without the grandeur and the scale and costumes. It’s not complete without the way that the DOP has shot the film. I think to be able to do justice to a film like this, and be able to mount it like that and look like that, it’s the team effort of a lot of talented professionals,” she said.