All set to release on December 18, Bajirao Mastani has now courted controversy!

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Based on the life of Peshwa Bajirao, the movie revolves around the great Maratha warrior and his love interest, Mastani. Starring Ranveer Singh, Deepika Padukone and Priyanka Chopra, the movie is highly anticipated and expects a massive release.

The recent launch of the song Pinga, has received mixed reviews. Where most people have loved how the beauties gracefully dancing, a certain individual happened to be annoyed. Mohini Karkarey, Bajirao’s relative wrote an open letter to Sanjay Leela Bhansali, pointing how he twisted the legacy.

In the open letter to Sanjay Bhansali, she wrote:

Mr. Bhansali,

The time has now come to speak out, to speak out against the picturization in the song and certain scenes from your movie, Bajirao Mastani. The latest song Pinga and the dance sequence which you have promoted have a lot of undesirable elements.

This is not fiction, Mr. Bhansali. You have portrayed real people who have been recorded in history. The Peshwas ruled for more than 100 years. Did you do any research at all? Did you, for instance, understand the life and times of people in the 1700s? Do you know and understand their behavioural pattern?

Here are a few recorded facts for your perusal:

Fact 1: Kashibai Saheb was suffering from tuberculosis and had arthritis. Due to this she had a limp.

Fact 2: Kashibai would never get into a dance routine even if she was healthy because that was not in the culture.

Fact 3: The costumes shown in the song Pinga were never worn by royal families or even normal women. The way the nauvari was draped did not show even an ounce of skin.

Fact 4: Kashibai and Mastani met only once in their lifetime and that too formally.

Fact 5: Kashibai was the daughter of Mahadji Krishna Joshi from Chaas and was known as Chaskar Joshi. Her descendants are still alive.

Fact 6: Mastani was not a courtesan or dancer. She was the daughter of Raja Chatrasaal of Bundelkhand. She was married to Bajirao and was his second wife. Mastani’s descendants, the Nawabs of Banda, will give you enough proof of this.

Proof of all the facts is available on Peshwe Gharanyacha Itihas by Mr. Pramod Oak and you will find plenty more proof here in Peshwe Daptar.

Bajirao was a great warrior second only to Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj. With this so called love story, you have made a mockery of him. You have insulted the very essence of Maharashtrian families. This will definitely create a flawed image about such a great personality and his family.

Yours sincerely,

Mohini Karkarey


Apart from Karkarey, a lot of Maharashtrians have also lashed out at Bhansali for destructing the facts. Some have shamed the way the nauvari was worn, while some have called the dance moves as derogatory. At the song launch, Deepika spoke about this and said that the director would be the best person to comment on this. Bhansali is yet to make an official statement. If you are a Maharashtrian or have knowledge in the area, do comment below about whether you think the facts have been altered. Check out the song here…

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