Filmmaker Sanjay Leela Bhansali who is synonymous with all things extraordinary and beautiful, will stun and spell bound audiences, with his carefully constructed, larger-than-life sets in his biggest magnum opus, Bajirao Mastani.


Known to be a thorough perfectionist at his craft, Sanjay Leela Bhansali, has an eye for beauty and aesthetics like none other .The creative maverick put years of research into sourcing the perfect elements that made for each one of these breath taking sets.

The filmmaker also took a major leap of faith and gave 3 young, promising, set designers their big Bollywood break with Bajirao Mastani, a film that can only be described as the first international movie to come from India.

Deepika Padukone and Ranveer Singh in a still from 'Bajirao Mastani' movie poster
Deepika Padukone and Ranveer Singh in a still from ‘Bajirao Mastani’ movie poster

Sriram Iyengar and Sujeet Sawant had done 12 years of research on Maratha history. The film also required intensive research on Mughal architecture and that’s when Saloni Datrak stepped in.

Together the three worked endless hours on the minutest details of the set including the smallest elements like the boat on which Ranveer Singh sails in the film.

The team prepared 930 sketches, 50-60 of which were then shown to Sanjay Leela Bhansali who finalized his final 23 sets.

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The first brief Sanjay Leela Bhansali gave the set designers was to maintain a certain sense of spirituality in all the 3 characters.

All the pillars in the movie are made of wood as there was no concrete in the 17th century.

For Bajirao, Chandan was the color that the team zeroed upon.

Kashibai’s sets were inspired by the shingaar element. The color pink dominates her look and her sets.

The Malahari set has a perfect 100 by 100 measurement.

Bhansali gave the 3 set designers creative freedom and was open to their suggestions. The filmmaker structured their ability and trusted their instincts.

The set designers were intimidated by Bhansali in their very first meeting, but their fears were put to rest when the filmmaker appreciated all their creative inputs.

Mastani’s character is “paak” and “sufiyana” and so a lot of Persian paintings were used in her chamber. There were also a lot of Rajasthani influences in architecture with mosaic, stained glass and geometric patterns.

Promising to be not just a film ,but an experience, Bajirao Mastani remains one of the most anticipated films in the history of Indian cinema.

Sanjay Leela Bhansali is happy to introduce to audiences his longstanding dream starring Ranveer Singh, Deepika Padukone & Priyanka Chopra among others. The film backed by Eros International will transport audiences to a land of war,passion, grandeur and love.

Eros International & Bhansali Production’s Bajirao Mastani directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali starring Ranveer Singh, Deepika Padukone, Priyanka Chopra,Milind Soman and Tanvi Azmi among others will release on 18th December,2015.




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