Everytime Sanjay Leela Bhansali (SLB) announces a movie to be directed by him, the expectations for him to deliver or meet the expectations are monumental by the viewer. “Goliyon Ki Raasleela Ram-Leela” (or “Ram-Leela” for short), is the famous adaptation of William Shakespeare’s, famous play “Romeo and Juliet”. Does SLB do justice to the Indian version of the retold play, then I would give my personal opinion and say yes.
The movie is set in the north-western state of Gujarat in India, and the backdrop is compromised of the reds, whites, yellows and other bright hues, which give a rural look, and takes you in the world of Rajadi and Sanera. With the first reels of the movie coming on screen you become spell bound by the music, and vivacity of colours and camera work, which takes you from your cinema seat to these rural village in the middle of a 500 year old conflict between the Rajadi’s and the Sanera’s.
Ram – Leela, from the word go totally captivated me especially, since the titles began with the Gujarati folk song “Mor bani thanghat kare , Mann mor bani thanghat kare”, and then the shooting of the guns begin and the movie starts hence forth, taking you on a wild ride of love, lust, romance, comedy, violence, and drama of the Rajadi’s and the Sanera’s.
Many a times directors have tried to capture William Shakespeare’s, “Romeo & Juliet”, but none have done so with the dexterity of SLB. He has truly managed to capture the anguish and pain of being in love but not able to express that love, wanting to be together, but not able to be. In the form of Ram (Ranveer Singh) and Leela (Deepika Padukone), we have been provided with two characters who as ‘Ram-Leela’ create a couple that ignites the screen with they chemistry and make you wish with the anguish that they love story deserves the epic happiness that these two love birds deserve.
Also there is never a dull moment when these two are together present on the screen. The chemistry between Ranveer and Deepika is truly scorching hot.
As per tradition SLB has a style of introducing his main characters in some of the most unqiue ways especially his heroines, be it Paro in his magnum opus “Devdas” or Nandini in “Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam” and he does the same in Ram – Leela as well. Ram is introduced to the catcy tune of Tattad Tattad, while Leela is seen running on to the screen playing Holi, and thus from there the movie picks its momentum of the star crossed lovers, who went against their families to write the love story.
Apart from the story, and the dialogues another high point of the movie was its music which Taran Adarsh has eloquently put in his review and we quote him, “One of the highpoints of GOLIYON KI RAASLEELA RAM-LEELA is, without doubt, its musical score [SLB, again]. Known for delivering musical gems in the past, the soundtrack of GOLIYON KI RAASLEELA RAM-LEELA is mesmeric, to put it in one word. Each of the songs befits the setting of the film, besides being seeped in melody. The fact that the tunes are on the loop says it all. ‘Lahu Munh Lag Gaya’, ‘Nagada Sang Dhol Baaje’, ‘Ishqyaun Dhishqyaun’, ‘Tattad Tattad’, ‘Ang Laga De’ and ‘Ram Chahe Leela’ are sure-fire hits already. Visually too, each of those songs is distinctively resplendent, with the choreography catching your eye as well. The background score [Monty Sharma] is top notch.”
We should state here that, 2013 totally is the year of Deepika Padukone, through the movie she proves with her screen presence the growth of her as a actress in 2013 from movie to movie, from the Sexy Siren in Race 2, to the simple Naina in Yeh Jaawani Hain Deewani, to Meenamma in Chennai Express, she has just vowed with her acting capabilities.
My personal reasons for suggesting that this movie be watched are as below:
- Deepika Padukone as Leela Sanera is just awesome, which is evident in the sequences where she comes as the Sanera family scion since her mother cannot be present for the meeting and also when she shows her vulnerability in the song Ang Laga De.
- Ranveer Singh as Ram, to date this is his best performance.
- Sanjay Leela Bhansali, is just reason enough to watch this movie.
- The musical score which matches the movie of this magnitude.
Finally I would say that if Sanjay Leela Bhansali is the Poet then his “Goliyon Ki Raasleela Ram-Leela” is poetry in motion.