Film Review: Ram-Leela

By Sayantan Dalal
Film: Goliyon Ki Rasleela Ram-Leela 
Rating: **** 
Director: Sanjay Leela Bhansali 
Starring: Ranveer Singh, Deepika Padukone, Supriya Pathak, Richa Chadda

What it is about: Goliyon Ki Rasleela Ram-Leela is William Shakespeare's tragedy of young lovers - Ram (Ranveer Singh) and Leela (Deepika Padukone) - divided by an ancient family feud in this town in Gujarat. 

What's good: From the opening brawl itself Bhansali jumps straight into the action, establishing the long history of bitter rivalry between these two warring families and its resulting disruption of peace in the town.
It is definitely Sanjay Leela Bhansali's most commercial film till date. From the music to set décor, cinematography and art direction everything has Bhansali's magical touch; Ram-Leela is a visual treat indeed! The bold and funny dialogues simply clinch it for Ram-Leela.
Bhansali chose to cast two of the hottest stars in Bollywood – Ranveer Singh and Deepika Padukone - who probably gave the finest performances in their career. When these doomed lovers first set eyes on each other, both pointing guns at one another, the fact that they share off screen chemistry as well is so evident, it simply makes everyone stand still and watch in admiration.
Ranveer makes a grand entry on a motorcycle, his jeans fashionably torn, flaunting his lean muscular body. The actor plays the role of Ram with much finesse. In contrast, Deepika comes across as a bold, flirtatious, stunning young woman and delivers yet another 100 crore performance with much ease. Through their performances both exude this purity that makes their characters' love feel sacred.
The supporting cast gives lively and credible performances, starting from the brilliant Supriya Pathak, as Deepika's cunning mother; Richa Chadda as the more levelheaded sister-in-law to Gulshan Devaiah's supporting act.

What's not: Though Ram-Leela makes you hold on to your seats at the interval, the tragic events that follow passes by in a blur and when the ultimate tragedy strikes, one hardly feels bereft. The lovers' plight is sad, but not shattering.
Though you were expecting it, but somehow the blood-soaked climax scene feels like a hastily scribbled ending.
Even the multi-talented Priyanka Chopra couldn't help the unnecessary inclusion of the item number Ram Chahe Leela. Though the tune is catchy, some ridiculous dance moves simply kills it.
Lastly, with Ram-Leela running for almost 2 hours 35 mins, it gets a bit tedious in the second half.

What to do: Ram-Leela has it all - romance, drama, action and humour. The film's beautiful treatment, stellar performances and some good music make Ram-Leela a total entertainer. Sanjay Leela Bhansali's masterpiece is a must watch!

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