Historical Romance Movies
With stunning sets, gorgeous costumes, and an outstanding soundtrack by the award-winning composer Sanjay Leela Bhansali, Bajirao Mastani tells the tragic love story of the 18th-century Maratha general and prime minister (or Peshwa) Baji Rao I and his second wife, the Rajput princess Mastani. This film has all the makings of a cinematic masterpiece.
Although the film is brought to life with excellent performances by Ranveer Singh as Bajirao, Deepika Padukone as Mastani, and Priyanka Chopra as Kashibai (Bajirao’s first wife), in addition to an enthusiastic, convincing cast of supporting actors (and no small amount of political and familial infighting), there are some rough patches that cause this film to fall just short of classic masterpiece…
In this lightly-fictionalized account of the marriage between 16th-century Mughal (Muslim) Emperor Akbar I and his Hindu wife-consort, Rajput princess Jodhaa—known historically by the title she received as Akbar’s consort, Mariam-uz-Zamani—viewers are treated to a sumptuous feast of outstanding sets, beautiful costumes, melodious music, and stellar performances by two of Bollywood’s greatest stars.
Hrithik Roshan brings Akbar to life, dominating the screen with his presence as he breathes heart and soul into his role as one of the greatest Mughal emperors to ever reign over India, while Aishwarya Rai lends grace and beauty to her performance, adding a touch of swordplay to complete the fierce warrior princess, Jodhaa.
There is something irresistible about the Indian film industry, especially when it comes to outstanding historical films like this one. Made in 2001 and co-written by the director, Santosh Sivan, Asoka tells a lightly fictionalized account of the early life and trials of Ashoka the Great.
An emperor of the Maurya Dynasty and grandson of the founder, Chandragupta Maurya, Ashoka became the third Maurya emperor after defeating his brothers to claim the throne and ruled from approximately 268 – 232 BCE, setting this film over 2200 years in the past. The opening scenes of the film, depicting Chandragupta’s renunciation of his throne in favor of the monastic life of a Jain monk and his warning to Ashoka that the sword he is discarding is evil, with a thirst for blood, are particularly foreshadowing of…