Ram Leela is a movie that will sweep you away with its largeness in everything. Every frame is filled with rich, luscious colours, stirring music, sound, great dialogues and choreography that made the Gujju in me want to jump up and start dancing right away in the aisle.
Sanjay Leela Bhnasali has got it all right this time. No more flights of crazy fantasy, or long self indulgent sequences that go nowhere. He is focused, to the point and the story moves like the numerous bullets in the movie do-fast and furious and hit where it matters-your heart. And yet, it is a Bhansali movie through and through, from the lushness of the costumes, the depth of the colours to the music and the opera stage like quality of the sets, which transport you into another dream world.
The story is Romeo and Juliet set in Saurashtra and the two warring clans make the town their personal battlefield. Enter Ram, the brother of one of the clan heads who doesn’t believe in the warfare. On the other side is the luscious Leela. The chemistry between them is instantaneous. We know what happens in Rome and Juliet but that doesn’t prevent your heart from getting wrenched out from your body when they have to live separate lives and meet their predetermined fate.
I found the romantic sequences in the first half a bit too choreographed and unnatural. It was more like a mating dance than a romance but nevertheless it is infectious and carries you away. In the second half the story truly comes into its own when the lovers get separated and deal with the clan warfare, adopting stances that are ruinous to them both. The second half is the true essence of this movie.
Ranveer and Deepika are like gods’. They glow in each others presence and their perfect bodies make you gape and gawp. Their chemistry is superb and raw and no one could have done it better. Of course, these days the men expose more than the women and for the second time in two weeks (last week was Hrithik), I got to see a man wearing his jeans so low they almost fell off. Not complaining, just saying. Supriya Pathak , Richa Chadha and the others play strong supporting roles raising the standard a notch higher.
I am sorry if I sound like I’m gushing, but the movie evokes that reaction. I think, making a film set in his own culture and milieu (like Hum dil de chuke sanam) grounds Sanjay Leela Bhansali somewhat. He has an anchor from where to spin his dreams without spiraling out uncontrollably and you have to be in awe of his vision and his craft.
Enough said, go book your tickets.view less