Rau (novel)

Rau (also referred to as Rauu) is a 1972 Marathi historical fiction novel by N S Inamdar. The story revolves around the fictionalized romance between real-life historical characters of the Maratha General Peshwa Baji Rao I and his second wife Mastani (born of a Hindu father and Muslim mother). The novel revolves around the outrage caused by the relationship among Baji Rao's family members and the orthodox priests.[1]

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Front cover of the novel
AuthorNagnath S. Inamdar
TranslatorVikrant Pande,
Bharatiya Jnanpith
GenreHistorical fiction
PublisherContinental Prakashan
Publication date

Rau was adapted into a feature film in 2015 as Bajirao Mastani, it was directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali and starred Deepika Padukone, Ranveer Singh and Priyanka Chopra in lead roles.[2] The novel has also been used as a basis for several other films and TV series in both Hindi and Marathi since its publication.


  • 2008 - The book was translated to Hindi in 2008 and published under the title Rau Swami by Bharatiya Jnanpith[3]
  • 2016 - The book was translated to English by Vikrant Pande in 2016 and published under the title Rau: The great love story of Bajirao Mastani by Pan Macmillan.[4]


  1. ^ Chari, Mridula. "How Bajirao and Mastani became a byword for doomed romance". Scroll.in. Retrieved 2017-12-02.
  2. ^ Ghosh, Shingita (6 December 2016). "6 Epic Films That Took Forever To Make". Film Companion. Archived from the original on 30 August 2017. Retrieved 30 August 2017.
  3. ^ "Bharatiya Jnanpith". www.jnanpith.net. Retrieved 2017-12-13.
  4. ^ "Found in translation". The Hindu. 2016-09-09. Retrieved 2017-12-02.

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