Starring: Ranveer Singh, Deepika Padukone, Richa Chadda, Supriya Pathak and many more
Editing: Rajesh Pandey
Cinematography: Ravi Varman
Music Songs: Sanjay Leela Bhansali Music Background: Monty Sharma
Written and Directed by : Sanjay Leela Bhansali
If Sanjay Leela Bhansali is to be believed, Gujaratis are the most colorful, passionate, violent, loud and lusty community in this country. So everyone in the fictional village of Ranjaar is permanently brawling, killing, drinking or loving. The film is an adaptation of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet set in Gujarat. The film opens with a weird gun battle between some trigger happy people and that’s what sets the ball rolling. Fire arms are easily available in this village where Ram (Ranveer) and Leela (Deepika) live. They belong to two different clans, Rajadi and Sanada that have live together but are at war and have been for the past 500 years.
Naturally, Ram, a Rajadi, falls in love with Leela, a Sanera. Ram Leela is Shakespeare on steroids and, for the first half, works wonderfully. As in his past films, Bhansali creates a hermetically sealed fictional world that has little connect with reality. But unlike in Saanwariya or Guzaarish, here he injects a robust humour and creates a gorgeous love story.
Certainly the stand-out aspect of Ram-Leela is the acting department. The second line of defense – the support cast – Richa Chadda, Gulshan Devaiah, Barkha Bisht Sengupta, Abhimanyu Singh, and Supriya Pathak as the matronly mobster Ba, are all pitch perfect in their comprehensively defined roles. The women, especially, have really understood their bits to the last detail. But the canvas belongs to Ranveer Singh and Deepika Padukone who match each other’s energy and conviction with relentless chemistry, making it look easy and natural.
Cinematographer Ravi Varman bathes each frame in rich, lush colours. Bhansali himself has given the music and maybe that’s the reason you see one song after another from the start till the end. But the songs are not bad and they are so beautifully shot that you enjoy them. Deepika’s dance performances in most of the songs are breathtaking. The plot becomes clumsier and clumsier and the joy we had found in the key characters is snuffed out by violence and ugliness. Which is when you start to notice how ridiculous the scenario actually is — these folks are some sort of underworld dons but you never see them actually doing anything except killing each other. Mobile phones abound and at one point there is talk of Twitter, but the village and its feuds seem to belong to another century.
Bhansali keeps you glued to the screen, gets terrific performances out of most of the actors and keeps the plot together. The film has a lot of moments that stay with you, Ram and Leela’s passionate attraction that draws them to each other is very well done and that’s what makes the kissing scenes just a part of the big picture. It’s well hyped and still surpasses all expectations. For me this Ram-Leela is a masterpiece, but with a little bit of over action and bad ending..!
- Goliyon Ki Raasleela Ram-Leela: Colour and chemistry (thehindu.com)
- Ram-leela going strong at box office, crosses Rs.50 crore (dnaindia.com)