Viacom18's Rishtey Cineplex goes on air with Bajirao Mastani on May 8
Viacom18’s new exclusive Hindi movie channel, Rishtey Cineplex went on air yesterday, May 8, 2016. Keeping its promise of showcasing blockbuster films, the channel launched with the telecast of Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s epic saga 'Bajirao Mastani' on Sunday at 1.00 pm.
Directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali, the historical epic romance stars Ranveer Singh as Bajirao, Deepika Padukone as Mastani and Priyanka Chopra as Kashibai. Bajirao Mastani narrates the story of Maratha Peshwa Bajirao and his love for princess, Mastani, much to the dismay of his wife Kashibai, his mother Radhabai and his family who failed to accept her as a part of their family. The film traces Bajirao’s political battles, conquests and courtroom drama whilst focusing on the more significant matters of the heart that affect Bajirao as he fights for the nation and his love. The film is supported by a volley of brilliant performances by Tanvi Azmi (Bajirao’s mother), Mahesh Manjrekar (Chhatrapati Shahu), Vaibhav Tatwawdi (Bajirao’s brother, Chimaji) and Milind Soman (Bajirao’s friend and advisor).
The film’s grand palette and its soulful songs featuring the authenticity of the Maratha and Mughal cultures captured the audience’s imagination and became a national talking point. In fact, Bajirao Mastani became a critic’s favorite, garnering many awards and nominations at multiple award ceremonies in the industry, even bringing in the Best Director Award for Sanjay Leela Bhansali and Best Supporting Actress Award for Tanvi Azmi at the 63rd National Awards. Following its worldwide release in December 2015, the movie went on to become a tremendous commercial success globally.
A powerful mass entertainment offering under the Rishtey brand name, Rishtey Cineplex will showcase the best from Viacom18’s wide library of films as well as newly acquired films from across genres, including heartwarming romance, adrenalin-packed action, rib-tickling comedy and much more. A free-to-air channel from the Viacom18 stable, Rishtey Cineplex will boost the network’s mass Hindi entertainment propositions for viewers, providing them access to the best in films.