So here it is, one of most expected movies of the year Ram-Leela, oops sorry, it is Goliyon Ki Rasleela Ram-Leela. Right from the time I watched the trailer of this movie, I was anxious to see how would someone like Sanjay Leela Bhansali(SLB) could pull off an adaption of Romeo Juliet. And here I am seated in the theatre on the first day of its release and watching it!
The movie starts with beautiful rendition of “Mor Bani Thanghat Kare” which makes to fasten your seat belts and get ready for an experience.Set in a fictional town in Gujarat called Ranjhaar, it talks about the on-going feud between Sanera and Rajadi clans. As expected both our leading man Ram(Ranveer) and woman Leela(Deepika) represent their respective families. When they bounce into each other on the day of Holi sparks fly amidst bullets and beer bottles. And SLB makes the plot perfect with splendidly etched characters like Dhankor(Supriya Phatak as Leela’s fiery mom), Rasiya(Richa Chaddha as Leela’s Bhabhi) and ofcourse the perfect Shakespearan villain Bhavani(Gulshan Deviah).
Now lets see how the movie and the performances fare- The first half of the movie seems overdone specially some scenes and one song in particular. At some point you even start losing focus on the movie. But at the stroke of intermission is when it starts building up and by the end reaches its crescendo.Length of the movie could have been definitely shortened to deepen the impact. Screenplay is water-tight and dialogues written by Siddharth-Garima along with SLB truly deserve a mention. Two scenes, when Richa Chadha tries telling Deepika to forget Ranveer and when Ranveer and Deepika come face to face in the second half to call a truce as fantastic.The movie primarily rests on the shoulders of the lead actos and both of them give one of their career best performances. Infact thats what the director SLB does to an actor. Ranveer Singh with his chiseled body is lovable when he sprouts out logic as why revenge is not the solution and makes you feel for him when he sees Leela being taken away by deceit. Deepika is absolutely top notch. Post Cocktail she has really started getting into the skin of the character and here too she does in quite effortlessly. The climax belongs to her! The grandeur sets, loud music of the dhols, close-to perfect setting of town and more importantly the treatment given to the movie by SLB is truly artistic.
If you are a fan close to perfect Bollywood dramas the Ram-Leela is not to be missed!