Ram Leela Movie Review: Goliyon ki Raasleela! The name is misnomer sort of and has nothing to do with Ram Leela.
The movie I watched this week is Ram leela staring Ranveer Singh and Deepika Padukone in lead roles. The movie is Directed and Produced by Sanjay leela Bhansali. The movie has good music and seems to be inspired from shakespare’s play “Romeo and Juliet”. Ya, Vishal Bhardwaj is not the only one to have the guts to adapt Shakespeare plays to an Indian movie.
The movie Ramleela recently courted controversy about its name name. To tell you, Bhansali could have easily evaded such a situation, as the name could easily had been some thing else. Hence all the mouth fulls the movie got before its release is not quite unjustified. The name actually may hurt the movie and may also ruin the good package of ROMANCE, DRAMA, MUSIC .
Bhansali known for his intense portrayal of intense love , chemistry , relationship and expression on screen, has managed to do it again. The movie is all about huge costly and lively sets .
Ram Leela movie is set in gujarati background. Heard of Rann of Kachchh region of Gujarat. The place where our leads live is dominated by two rival communities, SANEDO and RAJRI. The communities are engaged in illegal business activities.
Ram (Ranveer Singh), son of the Head of the Rajri community, is a perky and bold guy. But Ram wants to stay away from all the road side bloodshed his community is known for. He falls in love with equally headstrong girl Leela( Deepika Padukone). But to add a twist to the plot, Leela is the daughter of leader of Sanedo (Supriya Pathak Kapoor). With time the love becomes mutual.
But then there’s a twist. Ram’s brother played by Abhimanyu Singh (Gulaal famed) is killed by Leela’s brother played by Sharad Kelekar, who in turn was later killed by Ram. A situation which sees both Ram and Leela coronated as the leaders of their respective clans.
The chemistry between Ranveer and Deepika is great. Actually it something, or the only thing which takes the movie to an altogether different level. This is visible from very first scene. Making the viewer wonder, how on earth a particular role be written that perfectly for an actor. Here, I’m referring to Ranveer singh. He has played the role with much ease, confidence and finesse.
Talking about Deepika, the performance once again establishes her as a talented actor. And sets her apart from her contemporaries. She has great screen presence and is perfect in dance department. While watching this movie, if you are mesmerised by Deepika’s beauty, then trust your mind; she is actually looking stunning. Something all her previous movies often failed to put adequate effort on.
The first half of the movie is good and manages to retain the viewer attention. Nearly all the characters have given high intensity performances, many a times so touching that some emotional few can shed a tear or two.
Supriya Pathak, as clan head, is great. Gulshan Devaiya as trouble maker is convincing as well.
Unfortunately enough, Bhansali failed to use actors like Abhimanyu Singh , Richa Chadda properly. These actors were not given adequate screen time.
What the movie Lacked
Sometimes the bloodshed looks unnecessary. The Director has definitely gone overboard with the bullets. That apart, the Dialogues in Ram Leela mysteriously resemble the ones from Anurag Kashyap.
Movie Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars
If you decide to watch the movie the second time, then, it’ll be for Deepika.