Ranveer Singh gets Marathi tutor for ‘Bajirao Mastani’

Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s dream project ‘Bajirao Mastani’, a historical love story, after waiting for almost 10 years, has finally found its Bajirao in Ranveer Singh. Ranveer Singh, who had to speak a Gujarati lingo, for his character in Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s ‘Goliyon Ki Raasleela Ram Leela’, is getting a tutor to get his accent right to play the Maratha general Bajirao in the upcoming Bhansali flick ‘Bajirao Mastani’.

The fussy director and his dialogue writer Prakash Kapadia have decided to get a Marathi tutor for Ranveer Singh to sharpen his Marathi skills.

A source close to Bhansali was quoted saying, “Ranveer would have to get his language and diction completely right. The director doesn’t want a hue and cry over the language being mis-pronounced. Ranveer is already familiar with Marathi and can even speak the language. But for this role he needs to get the nuances and layering right.”

According to reports, Bhansali will start Ranveer’s speech and action training well in advance of the shooting slated to begin in November.

“Ranveer needs to look convincing as a Maratha warrior. He also needs to acquire a more somber image than the one he has. SLB has asked Ranveer to control his nervous energy off screen and use it for the role,” the source added.

Ranveer Singh joins the club of celebrities taking diction lessons for their respective films. Aditya Roy Kapoor had to work quite hard on his Urdu diction in Habib Faisal’s ‘Daawat-E-Ishq’, Ayushmann Khurrana and Sushant Singh Rajput have been practising their Marathi and Bangla for their characters in Vibhu Puri’s ‘Mumbaai Fairytale’ and Dibakar Bannerjee’s ‘Detective Byomkesh Bakshi’ respectively.

‘Bajirao Mastani’ is an 18th century romantic story of Marathi legend, General Baji Rao and his wife Mastani. Baji Rao was the prime minister to the fourth Maratha Chhatrapati (emperor) Shahu from 1720.

Besides a Hindu wife, Kashibai, Baji Rao took Mastani as a second wife, who was the daughter of Maharaja Chhatrasal of Panna from a Muslim wife. This marriage with Mastani caused a rift in the orthodox Hindu society of Pune at that time, and led to a major crisis in the royal Peshwa family.

Incidentally, Bhansali had conceptualized the project with his ‘Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam’ cast Salman Khan and Aishwarya Rai. But since their relationship broke, Bhansali has been waiting to get a proper star cast in place.

The film is slated for a December 2015 release.