Monday, November 18, 2013

Goliyon Ki Rasleela Ram Leela (2013) - Movie Review

This review was first published on Times City

Sanjay Leela Bhansali celebrates love, living it up in full fanfare and glory, much like his previous ventures. Ram Leela is a grand display of his trademark song-and-dance flair, splendid visuals and some powerful performances. But after all the hype and noise around it, Ram Leela doesn't quite turn out to be as terrific an experience, as I hoped it would. Or may be it were my heightened expectations.

Based off Shakespeare's classic Romeo & Juliet, Goliyon Ki Rasleela is a love story of Ram (Ranveer Singh) and Leela (Deepika Padukone), in the backdrop of two warring communities, whose enmity goes back 500 years. One is ready to pull the trigger against the other at the drop of a hat. Will love thrive? The premise is not unusual but Bhansali packs enough twists and turns to keep it decently engaging. 

Forty seven minutes of songs, in a 2 hour and 40 minute film, hardly further the screenplay. The film is a such a disappointment, musically. It's loud and full of energy but I missed melody. Priyanka Chopra's needless item number Ram Chahe Leela is one of the worst. Having set the bar with albums like DevdasSawariya & HDDCS, SLB fails to recreate the magic this time. The one and the only soulful composition that stands out is the classical Lal Ishq sung by Arijit Singh, played in bits and parts in the entire film (thrice, actually :)  

Ranveer gets a grand, hero-ishtyle opening with Tattad Tattad and lives up to it for most part but never quite matches Deepika's intensity. She steals the show, leaving you dazzled with one of her strongest performances so far, and looks deliciously stunning all through. It's more lust than love for Ram and Leela at first sight and you long to see the chemistry between the lead pair. It appears half-baked initially, what with all the clumsy SMS shayari. If mere physical closeness could sizzle it up, Ram Leela looks the best bet. It's bold. It's raunchy. But it's hardly love. Or did I miss something?

Surpriya Pathak, cutting a commanding figure, is a strong third lead in the film. Richa Chadha, Abhimanyu Singh (remember Ransa of Gulaal?), Gulshan Devaiah and Barkha Bisht play their parts with equal aplomb.

Overall, Ram Leela didn't wow me completely. A one-time watch at best.

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