Mumbai | The protests against Bajirao Mastani distressed the 52-year-old director. I was stressed, strained. I was thinking what would be the reaction. I was not sleeping. There was excitement but I was stressed as well. I am happy with the reaction (the film has got), Bhansali said.
Some people jumped the gun without even understanding what the film is about. So that caused a little bit of stress. I did hope it (protest) did not spread as it comes in the way of the release, your spirit and your joy of releasing the film. It is a big screen cinematic experience.
Enjoy it, rather than burning my effigies. The Devdas director said he would never do anything, which could be insensitive to Marathi culture. I am more Maharashtrian than Gujarati. I have lived with Maharashtrians when I was staying in chawl. So I would never do anything insensitive or derogatory, he signs off. Bhansali first saw Bajirao Mastani with Deepika, Ranveer and a few family members and he fell in love with it. I had tears in my eyes. I think I made it better than I had envisioned it.
Deepika held me for 15 minutes and cried. She was overwhelmed. Ranveer just kept kissing me. It was euphoric. It has a certain magic and power that comes from technicians and great talent, he said. It had wonderful screenplay, dialogue, beautiful cinematography, pretty costumes, great action scenes. It felt very well. I am happy with the response. I feel good that it has been loved by people, he said. Bajirao Mastani grossed Rs 12.8 crore in India on its opening day.
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