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Exclusive Photos: Know how the Bajirao Mastani set was created from the makers!

Manisha Mandal | Last Modified - Dec 09, 2015, 04:24 PM IST

Sanjay Leela Bhansali is known to treat his audiences to extravagant and colorful sets, luxurious costumes and melodious songs, and the producer/director's magnum opus
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    Sanjay Leela Bhansali is known to treat his audiences to extravagant and colorful sets, luxurious costumes and melodious songs, and the producer/director's magnum opus "Bajrao Mastani" is no different.
    Having spent a huge amount on just the sets of the film, he has made sure to make it larger than life. Dailybhaskar gives you every detail on how the magnum opus sets werw created and since when.
    We got exclusively candid with the production designers/Art Directors Sujeet Sawant, Sriram Iyengar and Saloni Dhatrak. They revealed all the details on how was the set built
    How was the set made and since when?
    We started the research twelve years back, we came to know that the film is not happening, but later when we came to know that Sanjay Leela Bhansali is making the film, we had to go and approach him, he asked us to show some of our work and he was happy with us. The pre production work to the day we wrapped, it was almost 19 months. We had 19 art assistant directors working, including us the team consists of architects, designers, artist for sketching, props and we had a very good system in place.
    First task was to make Kashibai’s (PC character) room set, After 20-25 designs we zeroed upon one design which we eventually made into set, It was a lot of trial and error in terms of color, scale & Geography of it, This process made us understand sanjay sirs vision for the film, Which helped us design other bigger sets like Shahu Darbar, Shaniwar Wada, Kacheri or Aaina Mahal. “Sujeet Sawant mentioned.
    We had only two outdoor shoots majorly war sequences & climax, Shooting in Rajasthan was physical challenge. We had a massive set up to do. We had different types of tents, Lighting props, Elephant and horse decor, which we made in Mumbai and carried all over to Rajasthan.” Sriram Iyengar proudly mentioned this.
    We have succeeded as the production designer as the film looks one. Certain tone was set for the entire film, we used raw fabrics, malmal, Velvet jute, cotton, we customized colour, all the props were made by us. Handmade textures & motifs were used for walls. Saloni said with a bright smile.
    How was Deewani Mastani song Aaina Mahal made?
    That set was a lotus design. Mirror hall being Mughal concept, the real challenge was to design it as Maratha architecture. All the walls, Celing & floor was made out of handmade mud texture with delicate mirror designs embedded in it. Topographically the aaina mahal was a part of shaniwar wada [Peshwa palace] so we tried to match color & architecture of it.
    They say Aaina mahal built by Peshwas in 18th century was so beautiful that it use be compared to TAJ mahal. So we had to match the scale and look of it.
    What is the budget of the film?
    SLB production would be right source to answer this. But one thing we would like to mention that Sanjay Leela Bhansali never compromised with the look of any set, he has not spent but splurged on the making of this film.
    Just for one example: In Kashibai’s (Priyanka Chopra) room, the manual fan was made of an antique velvet Shela worth 1.5 lac INR and just bedsheet & cushion covers were made out of real zari saree worth more than a lac.
    For making Aena Mahal we used 4300 planks, just for support structure and for Shaniwar Wada 45,000 planks were used, so this is the scale of the film.
    Sanjay Sir took personally took us to the various shops in Pune/Nasik and he has literally splurged on the set.
    How much time consumed?
    Shaniwar Wada is the biggest set, We had 550 labors working on the daily basis for 43 days.
    Sunil Maidan is one of the biggest open space in Filmcity which we chose to construct shaniwar wada. It took us 45 days for the construction of Shaniwar Wada. It was a challenging work; it was only possible because we had a strong paper work to merge creative & logistics together
    Kashibai‘s Villa (Priyanka Chopra)
    We did architectural research from Pune/nasik/satara to study old wada, baston walls, city gates to understand element like pillar, bracket, moulding, door/window designs, floor/celing designs.
    Which we incorporated in Kashi’s chamber, We have used lotus motifs on mud clad walls,
    The textures were handmade to make it look more real & copper/ brass vessels were used in props & vessels. One big Deep mala was designed for the terrace entry of kashis room. Earthen diya and mashal was used as light souce for all the major sets.
    Mastani Mahal (Deepika Padukone)
    Mastani Mahal exterior was built as a part of Shaniwar Wada. This is a palace which was made for Mastani by Bajirao. We tried to amalgamate Rajput & Maratha architecture while designing it. The Interior of Mastani mahal was built as separate sets like courtyard & mastani’s bedroom.
    We tried to stick to authentic refs available to design the interior & exterior of this set. It was a very difficult task, but we are very happy with the outcome. The entire film looks like a painting.
    Mastani room while she lived in Bundelkhand was made using lot of Persian, Mughal & rajput motif and architecture.
    Also Sets like Shahu armoury, Royal armoury, Parvati, Rajput dance auditorium for mohe rang do song, a cave like area with water fall for ab tohe song were created as sets.The different designs of tents were Nizam tent, bajirao tent, Medical camp, Bangash tent, Maratha tent complex & Climax tent. While designing we had look for different texture and colors of fabric which is royal yet rugged.
    Props Like 16 feet eagles were created, big stone deep malas were made and load of flags, emblems, were designed to create the by gone era of 18th century.
    View exclusive picture of the the set being made!!
  • +10 See more slides
    Sanjay Leela Bhansali is known to treat his audiences to extravagant and colorful sets, luxurious costumes and melodious songs, and the producer/director's magnum opus "Bajrao Mastani" is no different.
    Having spent a huge amount on just the sets of the film, he has made sure to make it larger than life. Dailybhaskar gives you every detail on how the magnum opus sets werw created and since when.
    We got exclusively candid with the production designers/Art Directors Sujeet Sawant, Sriram Iyengar and Saloni Dhatrak. They revealed all the details on how was the set built
    How was the set made and since when?
    We started the research twelve years back, we came to know that the film is not happening, but later when we came to know that Sanjay Leela Bhansali is making the film, we had to go and approach him, he asked us to show some of our work and he was happy with us. The pre production work to the day we wrapped, it was almost 19 months. We had 19 art assistant directors working, including us the team consists of architects, designers, artist for sketching, props and we had a very good system in place.
    First task was to make Kashibai’s (PC character) room set, After 20-25 designs we zeroed upon one design which we eventually made into set, It was a lot of trial and error in terms of color, scale & Geography of it, This process made us understand sanjay sirs vision for the film, Which helped us design other bigger sets like Shahu Darbar, Shaniwar Wada, Kacheri or Aaina Mahal. “Sujeet Sawant mentioned.
    We had only two outdoor shoots majorly war sequences & climax, Shooting in Rajasthan was physical challenge. We had a massive set up to do. We had different types of tents, Lighting props, Elephant and horse decor, which we made in Mumbai and carried all over to Rajasthan.” Sriram Iyengar proudly mentioned this.
    We have succeeded as the production designer as the film looks one. Certain tone was set for the entire film, we used raw fabrics, malmal, Velvet jute, cotton, we customized colour, all the props were made by us. Handmade textures & motifs were used for walls. Saloni said with a bright smile.
    How was Deewani Mastani song Aaina Mahal made?
    That set was a lotus design. Mirror hall being Mughal concept, the real challenge was to design it as Maratha architecture. All the walls, Celing & floor was made out of handmade mud texture with delicate mirror designs embedded in it. Topographically the aaina mahal was a part of shaniwar wada [Peshwa palace] so we tried to match color & architecture of it.
    They say Aaina mahal built by Peshwas in 18th century was so beautiful that it use be compared to TAJ mahal. So we had to match the scale and look of it.
    What is the budget of the film?
    SLB production would be right source to answer this. But one thing we would like to mention that Sanjay Leela Bhansali never compromised with the look of any set, he has not spent but splurged on the making of this film.
    Just for one example: In Kashibai’s (Priyanka Chopra) room, the manual fan was made of an antique velvet Shela worth 1.5 lac INR and just bedsheet & cushion covers were made out of real zari saree worth more than a lac.
    For making Aena Mahal we used 4300 planks, just for support structure and for Shaniwar Wada 45,000 planks were used, so this is the scale of the film.
    Sanjay Sir took personally took us to the various shops in Pune/Nasik and he has literally splurged on the set.
    How much time consumed?
    Shaniwar Wada is the biggest set, We had 550 labors working on the daily basis for 43 days.
    Sunil Maidan is one of the biggest open space in Filmcity which we chose to construct shaniwar wada. It took us 45 days for the construction of Shaniwar Wada. It was a challenging work; it was only possible because we had a strong paper work to merge creative & logistics together
    Kashibai‘s Villa (Priyanka Chopra)
    We did architectural research from Pune/nasik/satara to study old wada, baston walls, city gates to understand element like pillar, bracket, moulding, door/window designs, floor/celing designs.
    Which we incorporated in Kashi’s chamber, We have used lotus motifs on mud clad walls,
    The textures were handmade to make it look more real & copper/ brass vessels were used in props & vessels. One big Deep mala was designed for the terrace entry of kashis room. Earthen diya and mashal was used as light souce for all the major sets.
    Mastani Mahal (Deepika Padukone)
    Mastani Mahal exterior was built as a part of Shaniwar Wada. This is a palace which was made for Mastani by Bajirao. We tried to amalgamate Rajput & Maratha architecture while designing it. The Interior of Mastani mahal was built as separate sets like courtyard & mastani’s bedroom.
    We tried to stick to authentic refs available to design the interior & exterior of this set. It was a very difficult task, but we are very happy with the outcome. The entire film looks like a painting.
    Mastani room while she lived in Bundelkhand was made using lot of Persian, Mughal & rajput motif and architecture.
    Also Sets like Shahu armoury, Royal armoury, Parvati, Rajput dance auditorium for mohe rang do song, a cave like area with water fall for ab tohe song were created as sets.The different designs of tents were Nizam tent, bajirao tent, Medical camp, Bangash tent, Maratha tent complex & Climax tent. While designing we had look for different texture and colors of fabric which is royal yet rugged.
    Props Like 16 feet eagles were created, big stone deep malas were made and load of flags, emblems, were designed to create the by gone era of 18th century.
    View exclusive picture of the the set being made!!
  • +10 See more slides
    Sanjay Leela Bhansali is known to treat his audiences to extravagant and colorful sets, luxurious costumes and melodious songs, and the producer/director's magnum opus "Bajrao Mastani" is no different.
    Having spent a huge amount on just the sets of the film, he has made sure to make it larger than life. Dailybhaskar gives you every detail on how the magnum opus sets werw created and since when.
    We got exclusively candid with the production designers/Art Directors Sujeet Sawant, Sriram Iyengar and Saloni Dhatrak. They revealed all the details on how was the set built
    How was the set made and since when?
    We started the research twelve years back, we came to know that the film is not happening, but later when we came to know that Sanjay Leela Bhansali is making the film, we had to go and approach him, he asked us to show some of our work and he was happy with us. The pre production work to the day we wrapped, it was almost 19 months. We had 19 art assistant directors working, including us the team consists of architects, designers, artist for sketching, props and we had a very good system in place.
    First task was to make Kashibai’s (PC character) room set, After 20-25 designs we zeroed upon one design which we eventually made into set, It was a lot of trial and error in terms of color, scale & Geography of it, This process made us understand sanjay sirs vision for the film, Which helped us design other bigger sets like Shahu Darbar, Shaniwar Wada, Kacheri or Aaina Mahal. “Sujeet Sawant mentioned.
    We had only two outdoor shoots majorly war sequences & climax, Shooting in Rajasthan was physical challenge. We had a massive set up to do. We had different types of tents, Lighting props, Elephant and horse decor, which we made in Mumbai and carried all over to Rajasthan.” Sriram Iyengar proudly mentioned this.
    We have succeeded as the production designer as the film looks one. Certain tone was set for the entire film, we used raw fabrics, malmal, Velvet jute, cotton, we customized colour, all the props were made by us. Handmade textures & motifs were used for walls. Saloni said with a bright smile.
    How was Deewani Mastani song Aaina Mahal made?
    That set was a lotus design. Mirror hall being Mughal concept, the real challenge was to design it as Maratha architecture. All the walls, Celing & floor was made out of handmade mud texture with delicate mirror designs embedded in it. Topographically the aaina mahal was a part of shaniwar wada [Peshwa palace] so we tried to match color & architecture of it.
    They say Aaina mahal built by Peshwas in 18th century was so beautiful that it use be compared to TAJ mahal. So we had to match the scale and look of it.
    What is the budget of the film?
    SLB production would be right source to answer this. But one thing we would like to mention that Sanjay Leela Bhansali never compromised with the look of any set, he has not spent but splurged on the making of this film.
    Just for one example: In Kashibai’s (Priyanka Chopra) room, the manual fan was made of an antique velvet Shela worth 1.5 lac INR and just bedsheet & cushion covers were made out of real zari saree worth more than a lac.
    For making Aena Mahal we used 4300 planks, just for support structure and for Shaniwar Wada 45,000 planks were used, so this is the scale of the film.
    Sanjay Sir took personally took us to the various shops in Pune/Nasik and he has literally splurged on the set.
    How much time consumed?
    Shaniwar Wada is the biggest set, We had 550 labors working on the daily basis for 43 days.
    Sunil Maidan is one of the biggest open space in Filmcity which we chose to construct shaniwar wada. It took us 45 days for the construction of Shaniwar Wada. It was a challenging work; it was only possible because we had a strong paper work to merge creative & logistics together
    Kashibai‘s Villa (Priyanka Chopra)
    We did architectural research from Pune/nasik/satara to study old wada, baston walls, city gates to understand element like pillar, bracket, moulding, door/window designs, floor/celing designs.
    Which we incorporated in Kashi’s chamber, We have used lotus motifs on mud clad walls,
    The textures were handmade to make it look more real & copper/ brass vessels were used in props & vessels. One big Deep mala was designed for the terrace entry of kashis room. Earthen diya and mashal was used as light souce for all the major sets.
    Mastani Mahal (Deepika Padukone)
    Mastani Mahal exterior was built as a part of Shaniwar Wada. This is a palace which was made for Mastani by Bajirao. We tried to amalgamate Rajput & Maratha architecture while designing it. The Interior of Mastani mahal was built as separate sets like courtyard & mastani’s bedroom.
    We tried to stick to authentic refs available to design the interior & exterior of this set. It was a very difficult task, but we are very happy with the outcome. The entire film looks like a painting.
    Mastani room while she lived in Bundelkhand was made using lot of Persian, Mughal & rajput motif and architecture.
    Also Sets like Shahu armoury, Royal armoury, Parvati, Rajput dance auditorium for mohe rang do song, a cave like area with water fall for ab tohe song were created as sets.The different designs of tents were Nizam tent, bajirao tent, Medical camp, Bangash tent, Maratha tent complex & Climax tent. While designing we had look for different texture and colors of fabric which is royal yet rugged.
    Props Like 16 feet eagles were created, big stone deep malas were made and load of flags, emblems, were designed to create the by gone era of 18th century.
    View exclusive picture of the the set being made!!
  • +10 See more slides
    Sanjay Leela Bhansali is known to treat his audiences to extravagant and colorful sets, luxurious costumes and melodious songs, and the producer/director's magnum opus "Bajrao Mastani" is no different.
    Having spent a huge amount on just the sets of the film, he has made sure to make it larger than life. Dailybhaskar gives you every detail on how the magnum opus sets werw created and since when.
    We got exclusively candid with the production designers/Art Directors Sujeet Sawant, Sriram Iyengar and Saloni Dhatrak. They revealed all the details on how was the set built
    How was the set made and since when?
    We started the research twelve years back, we came to know that the film is not happening, but later when we came to know that Sanjay Leela Bhansali is making the film, we had to go and approach him, he asked us to show some of our work and he was happy with us. The pre production work to the day we wrapped, it was almost 19 months. We had 19 art assistant directors working, including us the team consists of architects, designers, artist for sketching, props and we had a very good system in place.
    First task was to make Kashibai’s (PC character) room set, After 20-25 designs we zeroed upon one design which we eventually made into set, It was a lot of trial and error in terms of color, scale & Geography of it, This process made us understand sanjay sirs vision for the film, Which helped us design other bigger sets like Shahu Darbar, Shaniwar Wada, Kacheri or Aaina Mahal. “Sujeet Sawant mentioned.
    We had only two outdoor shoots majorly war sequences & climax, Shooting in Rajasthan was physical challenge. We had a massive set up to do. We had different types of tents, Lighting props, Elephant and horse decor, which we made in Mumbai and carried all over to Rajasthan.” Sriram Iyengar proudly mentioned this.
    We have succeeded as the production designer as the film looks one. Certain tone was set for the entire film, we used raw fabrics, malmal, Velvet jute, cotton, we customized colour, all the props were made by us. Handmade textures & motifs were used for walls. Saloni said with a bright smile.
    How was Deewani Mastani song Aaina Mahal made?
    That set was a lotus design. Mirror hall being Mughal concept, the real challenge was to design it as Maratha architecture. All the walls, Celing & floor was made out of handmade mud texture with delicate mirror designs embedded in it. Topographically the aaina mahal was a part of shaniwar wada [Peshwa palace] so we tried to match color & architecture of it.
    They say Aaina mahal built by Peshwas in 18th century was so beautiful that it use be compared to TAJ mahal. So we had to match the scale and look of it.
    What is the budget of the film?
    SLB production would be right source to answer this. But one thing we would like to mention that Sanjay Leela Bhansali never compromised with the look of any set, he has not spent but splurged on the making of this film.
    Just for one example: In Kashibai’s (Priyanka Chopra) room, the manual fan was made of an antique velvet Shela worth 1.5 lac INR and just bedsheet & cushion covers were made out of real zari saree worth more than a lac.
    For making Aena Mahal we used 4300 planks, just for support structure and for Shaniwar Wada 45,000 planks were used, so this is the scale of the film.
    Sanjay Sir took personally took us to the various shops in Pune/Nasik and he has literally splurged on the set.
    How much time consumed?
    Shaniwar Wada is the biggest set, We had 550 labors working on the daily basis for 43 days.
    Sunil Maidan is one of the biggest open space in Filmcity which we chose to construct shaniwar wada. It took us 45 days for the construction of Shaniwar Wada. It was a challenging work; it was only possible because we had a strong paper work to merge creative & logistics together
    Kashibai‘s Villa (Priyanka Chopra)
    We did architectural research from Pune/nasik/satara to study old wada, baston walls, city gates to understand element like pillar, bracket, moulding, door/window designs, floor/celing designs.
    Which we incorporated in Kashi’s chamber, We have used lotus motifs on mud clad walls,
    The textures were handmade to make it look more real & copper/ brass vessels were used in props & vessels. One big Deep mala was designed for the terrace entry of kashis room. Earthen diya and mashal was used as light souce for all the major sets.
    Mastani Mahal (Deepika Padukone)
    Mastani Mahal exterior was built as a part of Shaniwar Wada. This is a palace which was made for Mastani by Bajirao. We tried to amalgamate Rajput & Maratha architecture while designing it. The Interior of Mastani mahal was built as separate sets like courtyard & mastani’s bedroom.
    We tried to stick to authentic refs available to design the interior & exterior of this set. It was a very difficult task, but we are very happy with the outcome. The entire film looks like a painting.
    Mastani room while she lived in Bundelkhand was made using lot of Persian, Mughal & rajput motif and architecture.
    Also Sets like Shahu armoury, Royal armoury, Parvati, Rajput dance auditorium for mohe rang do song, a cave like area with water fall for ab tohe song were created as sets.The different designs of tents were Nizam tent, bajirao tent, Medical camp, Bangash tent, Maratha tent complex & Climax tent. While designing we had look for different texture and colors of fabric which is royal yet rugged.
    Props Like 16 feet eagles were created, big stone deep malas were made and load of flags, emblems, were designed to create the by gone era of 18th century.
    View exclusive picture of the the set being made!!
  • +10 See more slides
    Sanjay Leela Bhansali is known to treat his audiences to extravagant and colorful sets, luxurious costumes and melodious songs, and the producer/director's magnum opus "Bajrao Mastani" is no different.
    Having spent a huge amount on just the sets of the film, he has made sure to make it larger than life. Dailybhaskar gives you every detail on how the magnum opus sets werw created and since when.
    We got exclusively candid with the production designers/Art Directors Sujeet Sawant, Sriram Iyengar and Saloni Dhatrak. They revealed all the details on how was the set built
    How was the set made and since when?
    We started the research twelve years back, we came to know that the film is not happening, but later when we came to know that Sanjay Leela Bhansali is making the film, we had to go and approach him, he asked us to show some of our work and he was happy with us. The pre production work to the day we wrapped, it was almost 19 months. We had 19 art assistant directors working, including us the team consists of architects, designers, artist for sketching, props and we had a very good system in place.
    First task was to make Kashibai’s (PC character) room set, After 20-25 designs we zeroed upon one design which we eventually made into set, It was a lot of trial and error in terms of color, scale & Geography of it, This process made us understand sanjay sirs vision for the film, Which helped us design other bigger sets like Shahu Darbar, Shaniwar Wada, Kacheri or Aaina Mahal. “Sujeet Sawant mentioned.
    We had only two outdoor shoots majorly war sequences & climax, Shooting in Rajasthan was physical challenge. We had a massive set up to do. We had different types of tents, Lighting props, Elephant and horse decor, which we made in Mumbai and carried all over to Rajasthan.” Sriram Iyengar proudly mentioned this.
    We have succeeded as the production designer as the film looks one. Certain tone was set for the entire film, we used raw fabrics, malmal, Velvet jute, cotton, we customized colour, all the props were made by us. Handmade textures & motifs were used for walls. Saloni said with a bright smile.
    How was Deewani Mastani song Aaina Mahal made?
    That set was a lotus design. Mirror hall being Mughal concept, the real challenge was to design it as Maratha architecture. All the walls, Celing & floor was made out of handmade mud texture with delicate mirror designs embedded in it. Topographically the aaina mahal was a part of shaniwar wada [Peshwa palace] so we tried to match color & architecture of it.
    They say Aaina mahal built by Peshwas in 18th century was so beautiful that it use be compared to TAJ mahal. So we had to match the scale and look of it.
    What is the budget of the film?
    SLB production would be right source to answer this. But one thing we would like to mention that Sanjay Leela Bhansali never compromised with the look of any set, he has not spent but splurged on the making of this film.
    Just for one example: In Kashibai’s (Priyanka Chopra) room, the manual fan was made of an antique velvet Shela worth 1.5 lac INR and just bedsheet & cushion covers were made out of real zari saree worth more than a lac.
    For making Aena Mahal we used 4300 planks, just for support structure and for Shaniwar Wada 45,000 planks were used, so this is the scale of the film.
    Sanjay Sir took personally took us to the various shops in Pune/Nasik and he has literally splurged on the set.
    How much time consumed?
    Shaniwar Wada is the biggest set, We had 550 labors working on the daily basis for 43 days.
    Sunil Maidan is one of the biggest open space in Filmcity which we chose to construct shaniwar wada. It took us 45 days for the construction of Shaniwar Wada. It was a challenging work; it was only possible because we had a strong paper work to merge creative & logistics together
    Kashibai‘s Villa (Priyanka Chopra)
    We did architectural research from Pune/nasik/satara to study old wada, baston walls, city gates to understand element like pillar, bracket, moulding, door/window designs, floor/celing designs.
    Which we incorporated in Kashi’s chamber, We have used lotus motifs on mud clad walls,
    The textures were handmade to make it look more real & copper/ brass vessels were used in props & vessels. One big Deep mala was designed for the terrace entry of kashis room. Earthen diya and mashal was used as light souce for all the major sets.
    Mastani Mahal (Deepika Padukone)
    Mastani Mahal exterior was built as a part of Shaniwar Wada. This is a palace which was made for Mastani by Bajirao. We tried to amalgamate Rajput & Maratha architecture while designing it. The Interior of Mastani mahal was built as separate sets like courtyard & mastani’s bedroom.
    We tried to stick to authentic refs available to design the interior & exterior of this set. It was a very difficult task, but we are very happy with the outcome. The entire film looks like a painting.
    Mastani room while she lived in Bundelkhand was made using lot of Persian, Mughal & rajput motif and architecture.
    Also Sets like Shahu armoury, Royal armoury, Parvati, Rajput dance auditorium for mohe rang do song, a cave like area with water fall for ab tohe song were created as sets.The different designs of tents were Nizam tent, bajirao tent, Medical camp, Bangash tent, Maratha tent complex & Climax tent. While designing we had look for different texture and colors of fabric which is royal yet rugged.
    Props Like 16 feet eagles were created, big stone deep malas were made and load of flags, emblems, were designed to create the by gone era of 18th century.
    View exclusive picture of the the set being made!!
  • +10 See more slides
    Sanjay Leela Bhansali is known to treat his audiences to extravagant and colorful sets, luxurious costumes and melodious songs, and the producer/director's magnum opus "Bajrao Mastani" is no different.
    Having spent a huge amount on just the sets of the film, he has made sure to make it larger than life. Dailybhaskar gives you every detail on how the magnum opus sets werw created and since when.
    We got exclusively candid with the production designers/Art Directors Sujeet Sawant, Sriram Iyengar and Saloni Dhatrak. They revealed all the details on how was the set built
    How was the set made and since when?
    We started the research twelve years back, we came to know that the film is not happening, but later when we came to know that Sanjay Leela Bhansali is making the film, we had to go and approach him, he asked us to show some of our work and he was happy with us. The pre production work to the day we wrapped, it was almost 19 months. We had 19 art assistant directors working, including us the team consists of architects, designers, artist for sketching, props and we had a very good system in place.
    First task was to make Kashibai’s (PC character) room set, After 20-25 designs we zeroed upon one design which we eventually made into set, It was a lot of trial and error in terms of color, scale & Geography of it, This process made us understand sanjay sirs vision for the film, Which helped us design other bigger sets like Shahu Darbar, Shaniwar Wada, Kacheri or Aaina Mahal. “Sujeet Sawant mentioned.
    We had only two outdoor shoots majorly war sequences & climax, Shooting in Rajasthan was physical challenge. We had a massive set up to do. We had different types of tents, Lighting props, Elephant and horse decor, which we made in Mumbai and carried all over to Rajasthan.” Sriram Iyengar proudly mentioned this.
    We have succeeded as the production designer as the film looks one. Certain tone was set for the entire film, we used raw fabrics, malmal, Velvet jute, cotton, we customized colour, all the props were made by us. Handmade textures & motifs were used for walls. Saloni said with a bright smile.
    How was Deewani Mastani song Aaina Mahal made?
    That set was a lotus design. Mirror hall being Mughal concept, the real challenge was to design it as Maratha architecture. All the walls, Celing & floor was made out of handmade mud texture with delicate mirror designs embedded in it. Topographically the aaina mahal was a part of shaniwar wada [Peshwa palace] so we tried to match color & architecture of it.
    They say Aaina mahal built by Peshwas in 18th century was so beautiful that it use be compared to TAJ mahal. So we had to match the scale and look of it.
    What is the budget of the film?
    SLB production would be right source to answer this. But one thing we would like to mention that Sanjay Leela Bhansali never compromised with the look of any set, he has not spent but splurged on the making of this film.
    Just for one example: In Kashibai’s (Priyanka Chopra) room, the manual fan was made of an antique velvet Shela worth 1.5 lac INR and just bedsheet & cushion covers were made out of real zari saree worth more than a lac.
    For making Aena Mahal we used 4300 planks, just for support structure and for Shaniwar Wada 45,000 planks were used, so this is the scale of the film.
    Sanjay Sir took personally took us to the various shops in Pune/Nasik and he has literally splurged on the set.
    How much time consumed?
    Shaniwar Wada is the biggest set, We had 550 labors working on the daily basis for 43 days.
    Sunil Maidan is one of the biggest open space in Filmcity which we chose to construct shaniwar wada. It took us 45 days for the construction of Shaniwar Wada. It was a challenging work; it was only possible because we had a strong paper work to merge creative & logistics together
    Kashibai‘s Villa (Priyanka Chopra)
    We did architectural research from Pune/nasik/satara to study old wada, baston walls, city gates to understand element like pillar, bracket, moulding, door/window designs, floor/celing designs.
    Which we incorporated in Kashi’s chamber, We have used lotus motifs on mud clad walls,
    The textures were handmade to make it look more real & copper/ brass vessels were used in props & vessels. One big Deep mala was designed for the terrace entry of kashis room. Earthen diya and mashal was used as light souce for all the major sets.
    Mastani Mahal (Deepika Padukone)
    Mastani Mahal exterior was built as a part of Shaniwar Wada. This is a palace which was made for Mastani by Bajirao. We tried to amalgamate Rajput & Maratha architecture while designing it. The Interior of Mastani mahal was built as separate sets like courtyard & mastani’s bedroom.
    We tried to stick to authentic refs available to design the interior & exterior of this set. It was a very difficult task, but we are very happy with the outcome. The entire film looks like a painting.
    Mastani room while she lived in Bundelkhand was made using lot of Persian, Mughal & rajput motif and architecture.
    Also Sets like Shahu armoury, Royal armoury, Parvati, Rajput dance auditorium for mohe rang do song, a cave like area with water fall for ab tohe song were created as sets.The different designs of tents were Nizam tent, bajirao tent, Medical camp, Bangash tent, Maratha tent complex & Climax tent. While designing we had look for different texture and colors of fabric which is royal yet rugged.
    Props Like 16 feet eagles were created, big stone deep malas were made and load of flags, emblems, were designed to create the by gone era of 18th century.
    View exclusive picture of the the set being made!!
  • +10 See more slides
    Sanjay Leela Bhansali is known to treat his audiences to extravagant and colorful sets, luxurious costumes and melodious songs, and the producer/director's magnum opus "Bajrao Mastani" is no different.
    Having spent a huge amount on just the sets of the film, he has made sure to make it larger than life. Dailybhaskar gives you every detail on how the magnum opus sets werw created and since when.
    We got exclusively candid with the production designers/Art Directors Sujeet Sawant, Sriram Iyengar and Saloni Dhatrak. They revealed all the details on how was the set built
    How was the set made and since when?
    We started the research twelve years back, we came to know that the film is not happening, but later when we came to know that Sanjay Leela Bhansali is making the film, we had to go and approach him, he asked us to show some of our work and he was happy with us. The pre production work to the day we wrapped, it was almost 19 months. We had 19 art assistant directors working, including us the team consists of architects, designers, artist for sketching, props and we had a very good system in place.
    First task was to make Kashibai’s (PC character) room set, After 20-25 designs we zeroed upon one design which we eventually made into set, It was a lot of trial and error in terms of color, scale & Geography of it, This process made us understand sanjay sirs vision for the film, Which helped us design other bigger sets like Shahu Darbar, Shaniwar Wada, Kacheri or Aaina Mahal. “Sujeet Sawant mentioned.
    We had only two outdoor shoots majorly war sequences & climax, Shooting in Rajasthan was physical challenge. We had a massive set up to do. We had different types of tents, Lighting props, Elephant and horse decor, which we made in Mumbai and carried all over to Rajasthan.” Sriram Iyengar proudly mentioned this.
    We have succeeded as the production designer as the film looks one. Certain tone was set for the entire film, we used raw fabrics, malmal, Velvet jute, cotton, we customized colour, all the props were made by us. Handmade textures & motifs were used for walls. Saloni said with a bright smile.
    How was Deewani Mastani song Aaina Mahal made?
    That set was a lotus design. Mirror hall being Mughal concept, the real challenge was to design it as Maratha architecture. All the walls, Celing & floor was made out of handmade mud texture with delicate mirror designs embedded in it. Topographically the aaina mahal was a part of shaniwar wada [Peshwa palace] so we tried to match color & architecture of it.
    They say Aaina mahal built by Peshwas in 18th century was so beautiful that it use be compared to TAJ mahal. So we had to match the scale and look of it.
    What is the budget of the film?
    SLB production would be right source to answer this. But one thing we would like to mention that Sanjay Leela Bhansali never compromised with the look of any set, he has not spent but splurged on the making of this film.
    Just for one example: In Kashibai’s (Priyanka Chopra) room, the manual fan was made of an antique velvet Shela worth 1.5 lac INR and just bedsheet & cushion covers were made out of real zari saree worth more than a lac.
    For making Aena Mahal we used 4300 planks, just for support structure and for Shaniwar Wada 45,000 planks were used, so this is the scale of the film.
    Sanjay Sir took personally took us to the various shops in Pune/Nasik and he has literally splurged on the set.
    How much time consumed?
    Shaniwar Wada is the biggest set, We had 550 labors working on the daily basis for 43 days.
    Sunil Maidan is one of the biggest open space in Filmcity which we chose to construct shaniwar wada. It took us 45 days for the construction of Shaniwar Wada. It was a challenging work; it was only possible because we had a strong paper work to merge creative & logistics together
    Kashibai‘s Villa (Priyanka Chopra)
    We did architectural research from Pune/nasik/satara to study old wada, baston walls, city gates to understand element like pillar, bracket, moulding, door/window designs, floor/celing designs.
    Which we incorporated in Kashi’s chamber, We have used lotus motifs on mud clad walls,
    The textures were handmade to make it look more real & copper/ brass vessels were used in props & vessels. One big Deep mala was designed for the terrace entry of kashis room. Earthen diya and mashal was used as light souce for all the major sets.
    Mastani Mahal (Deepika Padukone)
    Mastani Mahal exterior was built as a part of Shaniwar Wada. This is a palace which was made for Mastani by Bajirao. We tried to amalgamate Rajput & Maratha architecture while designing it. The Interior of Mastani mahal was built as separate sets like courtyard & mastani’s bedroom.
    We tried to stick to authentic refs available to design the interior & exterior of this set. It was a very difficult task, but we are very happy with the outcome. The entire film looks like a painting.
    Mastani room while she lived in Bundelkhand was made using lot of Persian, Mughal & rajput motif and architecture.
    Also Sets like Shahu armoury, Royal armoury, Parvati, Rajput dance auditorium for mohe rang do song, a cave like area with water fall for ab tohe song were created as sets.The different designs of tents were Nizam tent, bajirao tent, Medical camp, Bangash tent, Maratha tent complex & Climax tent. While designing we had look for different texture and colors of fabric which is royal yet rugged.
    Props Like 16 feet eagles were created, big stone deep malas were made and load of flags, emblems, were designed to create the by gone era of 18th century.
    View exclusive picture of the the set being made!!
  • +10 See more slides
    Sanjay Leela Bhansali is known to treat his audiences to extravagant and colorful sets, luxurious costumes and melodious songs, and the producer/director's magnum opus "Bajrao Mastani" is no different.
    Having spent a huge amount on just the sets of the film, he has made sure to make it larger than life. Dailybhaskar gives you every detail on how the magnum opus sets werw created and since when.
    We got exclusively candid with the production designers/Art Directors Sujeet Sawant, Sriram Iyengar and Saloni Dhatrak. They revealed all the details on how was the set built
    How was the set made and since when?
    We started the research twelve years back, we came to know that the film is not happening, but later when we came to know that Sanjay Leela Bhansali is making the film, we had to go and approach him, he asked us to show some of our work and he was happy with us. The pre production work to the day we wrapped, it was almost 19 months. We had 19 art assistant directors working, including us the team consists of architects, designers, artist for sketching, props and we had a very good system in place.
    First task was to make Kashibai’s (PC character) room set, After 20-25 designs we zeroed upon one design which we eventually made into set, It was a lot of trial and error in terms of color, scale & Geography of it, This process made us understand sanjay sirs vision for the film, Which helped us design other bigger sets like Shahu Darbar, Shaniwar Wada, Kacheri or Aaina Mahal. “Sujeet Sawant mentioned.
    We had only two outdoor shoots majorly war sequences & climax, Shooting in Rajasthan was physical challenge. We had a massive set up to do. We had different types of tents, Lighting props, Elephant and horse decor, which we made in Mumbai and carried all over to Rajasthan.” Sriram Iyengar proudly mentioned this.
    We have succeeded as the production designer as the film looks one. Certain tone was set for the entire film, we used raw fabrics, malmal, Velvet jute, cotton, we customized colour, all the props were made by us. Handmade textures & motifs were used for walls. Saloni said with a bright smile.
    How was Deewani Mastani song Aaina Mahal made?
    That set was a lotus design. Mirror hall being Mughal concept, the real challenge was to design it as Maratha architecture. All the walls, Celing & floor was made out of handmade mud texture with delicate mirror designs embedded in it. Topographically the aaina mahal was a part of shaniwar wada [Peshwa palace] so we tried to match color & architecture of it.
    They say Aaina mahal built by Peshwas in 18th century was so beautiful that it use be compared to TAJ mahal. So we had to match the scale and look of it.
    What is the budget of the film?
    SLB production would be right source to answer this. But one thing we would like to mention that Sanjay Leela Bhansali never compromised with the look of any set, he has not spent but splurged on the making of this film.
    Just for one example: In Kashibai’s (Priyanka Chopra) room, the manual fan was made of an antique velvet Shela worth 1.5 lac INR and just bedsheet & cushion covers were made out of real zari saree worth more than a lac.
    For making Aena Mahal we used 4300 planks, just for support structure and for Shaniwar Wada 45,000 planks were used, so this is the scale of the film.
    Sanjay Sir took personally took us to the various shops in Pune/Nasik and he has literally splurged on the set.
    How much time consumed?
    Shaniwar Wada is the biggest set, We had 550 labors working on the daily basis for 43 days.
    Sunil Maidan is one of the biggest open space in Filmcity which we chose to construct shaniwar wada. It took us 45 days for the construction of Shaniwar Wada. It was a challenging work; it was only possible because we had a strong paper work to merge creative & logistics together
    Kashibai‘s Villa (Priyanka Chopra)
    We did architectural research from Pune/nasik/satara to study old wada, baston walls, city gates to understand element like pillar, bracket, moulding, door/window designs, floor/celing designs.
    Which we incorporated in Kashi’s chamber, We have used lotus motifs on mud clad walls,
    The textures were handmade to make it look more real & copper/ brass vessels were used in props & vessels. One big Deep mala was designed for the terrace entry of kashis room. Earthen diya and mashal was used as light souce for all the major sets.
    Mastani Mahal (Deepika Padukone)
    Mastani Mahal exterior was built as a part of Shaniwar Wada. This is a palace which was made for Mastani by Bajirao. We tried to amalgamate Rajput & Maratha architecture while designing it. The Interior of Mastani mahal was built as separate sets like courtyard & mastani’s bedroom.
    We tried to stick to authentic refs available to design the interior & exterior of this set. It was a very difficult task, but we are very happy with the outcome. The entire film looks like a painting.
    Mastani room while she lived in Bundelkhand was made using lot of Persian, Mughal & rajput motif and architecture.
    Also Sets like Shahu armoury, Royal armoury, Parvati, Rajput dance auditorium for mohe rang do song, a cave like area with water fall for ab tohe song were created as sets.The different designs of tents were Nizam tent, bajirao tent, Medical camp, Bangash tent, Maratha tent complex & Climax tent. While designing we had look for different texture and colors of fabric which is royal yet rugged.
    Props Like 16 feet eagles were created, big stone deep malas were made and load of flags, emblems, were designed to create the by gone era of 18th century.
    View exclusive picture of the the set being made!!
  • +10 See more slides
    Sanjay Leela Bhansali is known to treat his audiences to extravagant and colorful sets, luxurious costumes and melodious songs, and the producer/director's magnum opus "Bajrao Mastani" is no different.
    Having spent a huge amount on just the sets of the film, he has made sure to make it larger than life. Dailybhaskar gives you every detail on how the magnum opus sets werw created and since when.
    We got exclusively candid with the production designers/Art Directors Sujeet Sawant, Sriram Iyengar and Saloni Dhatrak. They revealed all the details on how was the set built
    How was the set made and since when?
    We started the research twelve years back, we came to know that the film is not happening, but later when we came to know that Sanjay Leela Bhansali is making the film, we had to go and approach him, he asked us to show some of our work and he was happy with us. The pre production work to the day we wrapped, it was almost 19 months. We had 19 art assistant directors working, including us the team consists of architects, designers, artist for sketching, props and we had a very good system in place.
    First task was to make Kashibai’s (PC character) room set, After 20-25 designs we zeroed upon one design which we eventually made into set, It was a lot of trial and error in terms of color, scale & Geography of it, This process made us understand sanjay sirs vision for the film, Which helped us design other bigger sets like Shahu Darbar, Shaniwar Wada, Kacheri or Aaina Mahal. “Sujeet Sawant mentioned.
    We had only two outdoor shoots majorly war sequences & climax, Shooting in Rajasthan was physical challenge. We had a massive set up to do. We had different types of tents, Lighting props, Elephant and horse decor, which we made in Mumbai and carried all over to Rajasthan.” Sriram Iyengar proudly mentioned this.
    We have succeeded as the production designer as the film looks one. Certain tone was set for the entire film, we used raw fabrics, malmal, Velvet jute, cotton, we customized colour, all the props were made by us. Handmade textures & motifs were used for walls. Saloni said with a bright smile.
    How was Deewani Mastani song Aaina Mahal made?
    That set was a lotus design. Mirror hall being Mughal concept, the real challenge was to design it as Maratha architecture. All the walls, Celing & floor was made out of handmade mud texture with delicate mirror designs embedded in it. Topographically the aaina mahal was a part of shaniwar wada [Peshwa palace] so we tried to match color & architecture of it.
    They say Aaina mahal built by Peshwas in 18th century was so beautiful that it use be compared to TAJ mahal. So we had to match the scale and look of it.
    What is the budget of the film?
    SLB production would be right source to answer this. But one thing we would like to mention that Sanjay Leela Bhansali never compromised with the look of any set, he has not spent but splurged on the making of this film.
    Just for one example: In Kashibai’s (Priyanka Chopra) room, the manual fan was made of an antique velvet Shela worth 1.5 lac INR and just bedsheet & cushion covers were made out of real zari saree worth more than a lac.
    For making Aena Mahal we used 4300 planks, just for support structure and for Shaniwar Wada 45,000 planks were used, so this is the scale of the film.
    Sanjay Sir took personally took us to the various shops in Pune/Nasik and he has literally splurged on the set.
    How much time consumed?
    Shaniwar Wada is the biggest set, We had 550 labors working on the daily basis for 43 days.
    Sunil Maidan is one of the biggest open space in Filmcity which we chose to construct shaniwar wada. It took us 45 days for the construction of Shaniwar Wada. It was a challenging work; it was only possible because we had a strong paper work to merge creative & logistics together
    Kashibai‘s Villa (Priyanka Chopra)
    We did architectural research from Pune/nasik/satara to study old wada, baston walls, city gates to understand element like pillar, bracket, moulding, door/window designs, floor/celing designs.
    Which we incorporated in Kashi’s chamber, We have used lotus motifs on mud clad walls,
    The textures were handmade to make it look more real & copper/ brass vessels were used in props & vessels. One big Deep mala was designed for the terrace entry of kashis room. Earthen diya and mashal was used as light souce for all the major sets.
    Mastani Mahal (Deepika Padukone)
    Mastani Mahal exterior was built as a part of Shaniwar Wada. This is a palace which was made for Mastani by Bajirao. We tried to amalgamate Rajput & Maratha architecture while designing it. The Interior of Mastani mahal was built as separate sets like courtyard & mastani’s bedroom.
    We tried to stick to authentic refs available to design the interior & exterior of this set. It was a very difficult task, but we are very happy with the outcome. The entire film looks like a painting.
    Mastani room while she lived in Bundelkhand was made using lot of Persian, Mughal & rajput motif and architecture.
    Also Sets like Shahu armoury, Royal armoury, Parvati, Rajput dance auditorium for mohe rang do song, a cave like area with water fall for ab tohe song were created as sets.The different designs of tents were Nizam tent, bajirao tent, Medical camp, Bangash tent, Maratha tent complex & Climax tent. While designing we had look for different texture and colors of fabric which is royal yet rugged.
    Props Like 16 feet eagles were created, big stone deep malas were made and load of flags, emblems, were designed to create the by gone era of 18th century.
    View exclusive picture of the the set being made!!
  • +10 See more slides
    Sanjay Leela Bhansali is known to treat his audiences to extravagant and colorful sets, luxurious costumes and melodious songs, and the producer/director's magnum opus "Bajrao Mastani" is no different.
    Having spent a huge amount on just the sets of the film, he has made sure to make it larger than life. Dailybhaskar gives you every detail on how the magnum opus sets werw created and since when.
    We got exclusively candid with the production designers/Art Directors Sujeet Sawant, Sriram Iyengar and Saloni Dhatrak. They revealed all the details on how was the set built
    How was the set made and since when?
    We started the research twelve years back, we came to know that the film is not happening, but later when we came to know that Sanjay Leela Bhansali is making the film, we had to go and approach him, he asked us to show some of our work and he was happy with us. The pre production work to the day we wrapped, it was almost 19 months. We had 19 art assistant directors working, including us the team consists of architects, designers, artist for sketching, props and we had a very good system in place.
    First task was to make Kashibai’s (PC character) room set, After 20-25 designs we zeroed upon one design which we eventually made into set, It was a lot of trial and error in terms of color, scale & Geography of it, This process made us understand sanjay sirs vision for the film, Which helped us design other bigger sets like Shahu Darbar, Shaniwar Wada, Kacheri or Aaina Mahal. “Sujeet Sawant mentioned.
    We had only two outdoor shoots majorly war sequences & climax, Shooting in Rajasthan was physical challenge. We had a massive set up to do. We had different types of tents, Lighting props, Elephant and horse decor, which we made in Mumbai and carried all over to Rajasthan.” Sriram Iyengar proudly mentioned this.
    We have succeeded as the production designer as the film looks one. Certain tone was set for the entire film, we used raw fabrics, malmal, Velvet jute, cotton, we customized colour, all the props were made by us. Handmade textures & motifs were used for walls. Saloni said with a bright smile.
    How was Deewani Mastani song Aaina Mahal made?
    That set was a lotus design. Mirror hall being Mughal concept, the real challenge was to design it as Maratha architecture. All the walls, Celing & floor was made out of handmade mud texture with delicate mirror designs embedded in it. Topographically the aaina mahal was a part of shaniwar wada [Peshwa palace] so we tried to match color & architecture of it.
    They say Aaina mahal built by Peshwas in 18th century was so beautiful that it use be compared to TAJ mahal. So we had to match the scale and look of it.
    What is the budget of the film?
    SLB production would be right source to answer this. But one thing we would like to mention that Sanjay Leela Bhansali never compromised with the look of any set, he has not spent but splurged on the making of this film.
    Just for one example: In Kashibai’s (Priyanka Chopra) room, the manual fan was made of an antique velvet Shela worth 1.5 lac INR and just bedsheet & cushion covers were made out of real zari saree worth more than a lac.
    For making Aena Mahal we used 4300 planks, just for support structure and for Shaniwar Wada 45,000 planks were used, so this is the scale of the film.
    Sanjay Sir took personally took us to the various shops in Pune/Nasik and he has literally splurged on the set.
    How much time consumed?
    Shaniwar Wada is the biggest set, We had 550 labors working on the daily basis for 43 days.
    Sunil Maidan is one of the biggest open space in Filmcity which we chose to construct shaniwar wada. It took us 45 days for the construction of Shaniwar Wada. It was a challenging work; it was only possible because we had a strong paper work to merge creative & logistics together
    Kashibai‘s Villa (Priyanka Chopra)
    We did architectural research from Pune/nasik/satara to study old wada, baston walls, city gates to understand element like pillar, bracket, moulding, door/window designs, floor/celing designs.
    Which we incorporated in Kashi’s chamber, We have used lotus motifs on mud clad walls,
    The textures were handmade to make it look more real & copper/ brass vessels were used in props & vessels. One big Deep mala was designed for the terrace entry of kashis room. Earthen diya and mashal was used as light souce for all the major sets.
    Mastani Mahal (Deepika Padukone)
    Mastani Mahal exterior was built as a part of Shaniwar Wada. This is a palace which was made for Mastani by Bajirao. We tried to amalgamate Rajput & Maratha architecture while designing it. The Interior of Mastani mahal was built as separate sets like courtyard & mastani’s bedroom.
    We tried to stick to authentic refs available to design the interior & exterior of this set. It was a very difficult task, but we are very happy with the outcome. The entire film looks like a painting.
    Mastani room while she lived in Bundelkhand was made using lot of Persian, Mughal & rajput motif and architecture.
    Also Sets like Shahu armoury, Royal armoury, Parvati, Rajput dance auditorium for mohe rang do song, a cave like area with water fall for ab tohe song were created as sets.The different designs of tents were Nizam tent, bajirao tent, Medical camp, Bangash tent, Maratha tent complex & Climax tent. While designing we had look for different texture and colors of fabric which is royal yet rugged.
    Props Like 16 feet eagles were created, big stone deep malas were made and load of flags, emblems, were designed to create the by gone era of 18th century.
    View exclusive picture of the the set being made!!
  • +10 See more slides
    Sanjay Leela Bhansali is known to treat his audiences to extravagant and colorful sets, luxurious costumes and melodious songs, and the producer/director's magnum opus "Bajrao Mastani" is no different.
    Having spent a huge amount on just the sets of the film, he has made sure to make it larger than life. Dailybhaskar gives you every detail on how the magnum opus sets werw created and since when.
    We got exclusively candid with the production designers/Art Directors Sujeet Sawant, Sriram Iyengar and Saloni Dhatrak. They revealed all the details on how was the set built
    How was the set made and since when?
    We started the research twelve years back, we came to know that the film is not happening, but later when we came to know that Sanjay Leela Bhansali is making the film, we had to go and approach him, he asked us to show some of our work and he was happy with us. The pre production work to the day we wrapped, it was almost 19 months. We had 19 art assistant directors working, including us the team consists of architects, designers, artist for sketching, props and we had a very good system in place.
    First task was to make Kashibai’s (PC character) room set, After 20-25 designs we zeroed upon one design which we eventually made into set, It was a lot of trial and error in terms of color, scale & Geography of it, This process made us understand sanjay sirs vision for the film, Which helped us design other bigger sets like Shahu Darbar, Shaniwar Wada, Kacheri or Aaina Mahal. “Sujeet Sawant mentioned.
    We had only two outdoor shoots majorly war sequences & climax, Shooting in Rajasthan was physical challenge. We had a massive set up to do. We had different types of tents, Lighting props, Elephant and horse decor, which we made in Mumbai and carried all over to Rajasthan.” Sriram Iyengar proudly mentioned this.
    We have succeeded as the production designer as the film looks one. Certain tone was set for the entire film, we used raw fabrics, malmal, Velvet jute, cotton, we customized colour, all the props were made by us. Handmade textures & motifs were used for walls. Saloni said with a bright smile.
    How was Deewani Mastani song Aaina Mahal made?
    That set was a lotus design. Mirror hall being Mughal concept, the real challenge was to design it as Maratha architecture. All the walls, Celing & floor was made out of handmade mud texture with delicate mirror designs embedded in it. Topographically the aaina mahal was a part of shaniwar wada [Peshwa palace] so we tried to match color & architecture of it.
    They say Aaina mahal built by Peshwas in 18th century was so beautiful that it use be compared to TAJ mahal. So we had to match the scale and look of it.
    What is the budget of the film?
    SLB production would be right source to answer this. But one thing we would like to mention that Sanjay Leela Bhansali never compromised with the look of any set, he has not spent but splurged on the making of this film.
    Just for one example: In Kashibai’s (Priyanka Chopra) room, the manual fan was made of an antique velvet Shela worth 1.5 lac INR and just bedsheet & cushion covers were made out of real zari saree worth more than a lac.
    For making Aena Mahal we used 4300 planks, just for support structure and for Shaniwar Wada 45,000 planks were used, so this is the scale of the film.
    Sanjay Sir took personally took us to the various shops in Pune/Nasik and he has literally splurged on the set.
    How much time consumed?
    Shaniwar Wada is the biggest set, We had 550 labors working on the daily basis for 43 days.
    Sunil Maidan is one of the biggest open space in Filmcity which we chose to construct shaniwar wada. It took us 45 days for the construction of Shaniwar Wada. It was a challenging work; it was only possible because we had a strong paper work to merge creative & logistics together
    Kashibai‘s Villa (Priyanka Chopra)
    We did architectural research from Pune/nasik/satara to study old wada, baston walls, city gates to understand element like pillar, bracket, moulding, door/window designs, floor/celing designs.
    Which we incorporated in Kashi’s chamber, We have used lotus motifs on mud clad walls,
    The textures were handmade to make it look more real & copper/ brass vessels were used in props & vessels. One big Deep mala was designed for the terrace entry of kashis room. Earthen diya and mashal was used as light souce for all the major sets.
    Mastani Mahal (Deepika Padukone)
    Mastani Mahal exterior was built as a part of Shaniwar Wada. This is a palace which was made for Mastani by Bajirao. We tried to amalgamate Rajput & Maratha architecture while designing it. The Interior of Mastani mahal was built as separate sets like courtyard & mastani’s bedroom.
    We tried to stick to authentic refs available to design the interior & exterior of this set. It was a very difficult task, but we are very happy with the outcome. The entire film looks like a painting.
    Mastani room while she lived in Bundelkhand was made using lot of Persian, Mughal & rajput motif and architecture.
    Also Sets like Shahu armoury, Royal armoury, Parvati, Rajput dance auditorium for mohe rang do song, a cave like area with water fall for ab tohe song were created as sets.The different designs of tents were Nizam tent, bajirao tent, Medical camp, Bangash tent, Maratha tent complex & Climax tent. While designing we had look for different texture and colors of fabric which is royal yet rugged.
    Props Like 16 feet eagles were created, big stone deep malas were made and load of flags, emblems, were designed to create the by gone era of 18th century.
    View exclusive picture of the the set being made!!

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