After Salman Khan recreated the Sheesh Mahal for Prem Ratan Dhan Payo, Sanjay Leela Bhansali has now created a palatial wonder for Bajirao Mastani. Considering the grandeur and the period the film represents, we hear that the set created by the director-producer will be his most extravagant affair so far.
Sanjay Leela Bhansali has recreated the Aena Mahal, on the lines of the mirror that covered the set of the cult film Mughal-E-Azam and is the most expensive set so far after that film. The set which took over 45 days to create, has been designed by Sujit Sriram and Saloni with the mirrors being called from Jaipur, all handpicked by the filmmaker himself. Over 20,000 intricately designed mirrors have been used to put the set together. Special 'karigars' (workers) from Jaipur were summoned to work on the embedding of the mirrors to maintain authenticity. The massive set measures 12,500 sq.ft. What's even more awe inspiring is that one angle of the frame reflects in the 20,000 mirrors. The set also boasts of 13 chandeliers which have to be lit up every time with candles and not our traditional lighting.
Bajirao Mastani is inspired by the real life story of Peshwa of the Maratha Empire, Bajirao. While Ranveer Singh plays the role of Bajirao, Deepika Padukone plays Mastani and Priyanka Chopra plays Bajirao's first wife Kashibai. Produced by Sanjay Leela Bhansali in association with Eros International, the film is slated to release on December 18.