Ismail Darbar is a name to be reckoned with, I mention this in the present tense as his caliber of work remains strong even after Devdas. If at any point in time, one goes back and looks at these compositions, you will realize the detailing involved in each of his songs. In Devdas particular he enriches the story to such an extent that one cannot simply ignore the songs, or even forget the meaningful layering behind them.
Bajirao Mastani is based on the love story between Peshwa Bajirao I and his second wife Mastani; set in the time period between 1720AD – 1740AD; the epic also depicts the angst and sacrifices of Kashibai (Bajirao’s first wife). The music, while staying relevant to the time period, has to also cater to the titular characters Marathi heritage and be fresh enough to cater to the current audience.