Boy and girl from warring factions love one another. Do they live happily ever after?
Story: Boy and girl from warring factions love one another. Do they live happily ever after?
Review: What new can a filmmaker do with William Shakespeare's classic love-story Romeo and Juliet? The answer is, if you are Sanjay Leela Bhansali, who is technically sound and astute, you just become impudent, set the story in Gujarat, sign Bollywood's currently best actress Deepika Padukone (Leela), team her up with 'I've-got-fire-in-my-loins' actor Ranveer Singh (Ram) and then let them loose on one another.
So there's the Sanada clan girl Leela who falls in lust, with her enemy Ram, a Rajadi. Their clans have been at war for 500 years and the exaggeratedly trigger happy lot clearly underline that no matter what one Ram or Leela feel, the rest of the clan only believes in mutiny.
So bullets fly, blood flows and bahus become victims of evil design. In between this war-fare Deepika and Ranveer touch, feel, kiss and cuddle and ensure you can feel their stirring. Unabashedly, the filmmaker uses his lead pair's real and reel chemistry, fuses it with sexual tension and asks you to partake in their love-hate relationship.
For the most part, Ram-Leela, SLB's most commercial work till date, has nice doses of raunch and ras (juice). Since the plot is Shakespearan, the maker has the arduous task of telling you this story on an opulent scale. Vintage palaces and daunting deserts are fitted in with precision. Deepika is breathtaking and in top form. Ranveer displays his six packs and histrionics with fair ease. You have to also applaud Richa Chadda and Supriya Pathak Kapur for being the talent they are.
On the flip side, please note, the build up of the romance could've been better; the sale of guns in a mandi (market place) is implausible; Ishaqzaade that had a similar plot was less ostentatious but more authentic; the pathos in the relationships was missing and the last shot where Ram and Leela fall in slow-motion into the water, on straight backs, is contrived.
Ranveer Singh's 'roar' is identical to that of Ajay Devgn's in Singham. SLB's tribute to Rohit Shetty?
RAM-LEELA not only has a spellbinding effect, but it ships you to an unfamiliar world absolutely. You may have an inkling of the plot, but you definitely don't know how SLB will give an altogether innovative twirl to the premise. On the whole, GOLIYON KI RAASLEELA RAM-LEELA ought to be watched for multiple reasons: the electrifying chemistry between its lead actors, the strong dramatic content, the scintillating musical score, the violent streak in the narrative and of course, Sanjay Leela Bhansali's execution of the material. This is Sanjay Leela Bhansali's most accomplished work to date. It's a work of outstanding artistry. No two opinions about it. A masterpiece by the master craftsman Sanjay Leela Bhansali!
I can not finish the movie even after trying hard. What else to say ? Exaggerated skin show and bad mouthing. A total assault on Romeo-Juliet. Hope Shakespeare can bear this movie if it would release in Heaven at all.
Ram-Leela, SLB's most commercial work till date, has nice doses of raunch and ras (juice). Since the plot is Shakespearan, the maker has the arduous task of telling you this story on an opulent scale. Vintage palaces and daunting deserts are fitted in with precision. Deepika is breathtaking and in top form. Ranveer displays his six packs and histrionics with fair ease. You have to also applaud Richa Chadda and Supriya Pathak Kapur for being the talent they are.
Finally saw the famous ram leela. You were right it has a few deaths every few minutes. Nice costumes music sets and dances. However I found it a bit disjointed, difficult to digest, confused in terms of the era it was trying to portray and a lack if consistency in terms of the dialogue... Deepika p oscillated between very rustic hindi proper hindi and tended to use some English phrases untarnished by the rustic accent- please instead of pleej etc . I found these things disconcerting particularly since their excellent acting is being applauded. The characters seemed rather monochrome and different emotions were not sufficiently explored...they were either angry or corny but apart from that the feeling of loss was not sufficiently explored hence it was difficult for me to sympathise with the characters. The loss of their kin and the impact it had particularly on leela was rather unconvincing. i liked the last scene at the end but overall I found the film rather pretentious overly stylised and devoid of real feelings and emotion... It seemed to be full of sound and fury signifying nothing. It left me cold bored and wondering at the Indian critics and audience and feeling rather sorry for Shakespeare.
Equal amounts of romance and violence. Typical boy-girl story from rival clans. Boring and predictable story. Only thing that sets it apart is the acting. Great performances by Ranveer, Deepika, Supriya, Richa and all other actors.
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