‘Bajirao Mastani’s Odisha connection

By Debasis Barik

Bhubaneswar/ Mumbai: While the upcoming Bollywood movie ‘Bajirao Mastani’ has been creating a lot of buzz– be it for its leading star cast Ranveer Singh and Deepika Padukone or its showdown with Shah Rukh Khan-starrer ‘Dilwale’ on December 18, 2015 – the bottom-line is that the historical romance has a significant Odisha connection as an Odia youth has played a key role in the making of this much-awaited film.

He is none other than the National Award-winning sound designer Nihar Ranjan Samal, who had earlier done some big budget Bollywood films like Aamir Khan-starrer ‘3 Idiots’, ‘Ferrari Ki Sawaari’, ‘Tanu Weds Manu’ and the critically-acclaimed ‘Madras Café’ among others.

In a tete-e tete with odishatv.in Samal said: “ Though Sanjay Leela Bhansali, popularly known as SLB in the industry (director of ‘Bajiro Mastani’) is known as a hard-task master, I have thoroughly enjoyed my work under him as he likes to give suggestions for improvements which is essentially a good thing for a creative work like filmmaking”.

“SLB knows what exactly he wants from his actors and technicians and he loves to leave his signature style in each of his film. He interferes only when it is required or for the betterment of the end product”, the Odia techie said while expressing his happiness over the way the film has shaped up.

When asked about the experience he had while working with actors like Ranveer & Deepika – the hot new Bollywood pair – he said the duo had really worked hard to justify their respective characters and the audience will surely find them adorable on the screen.

The best thing about these two new-age actors is that they are open to experimentation and attentive towards every instruction of the director, Samal revealed.

The movie is all about the life of Maratha warrior-Peshwa Baji Rao I of the Maratha Empire, played by Ranveer Singh and his second wife Mastani, essayed by Deepika. The movie will also capture the warrior’s relationship with his first wife Kashibai, a role played by Priyanka Chopra.

It is worth mentioning here that Samal who hails from Jajpur district of Odisha, had studied in the prestigious Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) in Pune before landing up in the City of Dreams Mumbai to make a mark in the Hindi film industry.

Just after his post graduate film had bagged a National Award, the techie got motivated to do more and more meaningful movies.

The acclaimed sound designer says he loves to be associated with some good projects, especially a good script and a strong team.

Samal had bagged his first National Award as ‘Best Sound Designer’ in 2013 for John Abraham-starrer ‘Madars Café’ directed by Soojit Sircar.