In 16th century India, an undefeated warrior, Bajirao Ballal was bestowed with the title of Peshwa, or Prime Minister, by the Hindu Maratha King Shahu. He became the greatest weapon of the Maratha Empire, which he expanded through non-stop war campaigns 8 months of the year.
While camped with his men one night, a rider descended on Bajirao with an urgent request to save Bundelkhand, a fort belonging to another Hindu king, which was under siege by the Moguls, Bajirao's greatest opponents. Bajirao refused initially, but was mesmerized upon seeing the rider, a beautiful girl, moreover a Rajput princess who rode for days to seek out his help. Princess Mastani was the daughter of a Hindu King, Raja Chattrasal. Her mother, Roohani Begum was Muslim. Mastani was used to getting what she desired, and she desired Bajirao.