Ranveer Singh, Deepika Padukone, Supriya Pathak Kapur, Richa Chadda
Sanjay Leela Bhansali, Chetan Deolekar, Kishore Lulla, Sandeep Singh
Sanjay Leela Bhansali
After delivering the back-to-back disappointing films Saawariya and Guzaarish, director Sanjay Leela Bhasali holds nothing back in his latest romantic action drama Goliyon Ki Raasleela: Ram Leela. Just like in previous Bhansali fashion, we see more melodrama, stunning visuals and wonderfully choreographed dance sequences. But thankfully Goliyon Ki Raasleela Ram-Leela doesn’t fall into the same trap because his lead stars sizzle and bring in genuine emotions.
In a fictional small town of Ranjaar the battleground is set between the Rajadi and the Sanera mob clans who have an eons-old enmity. As guns blaze and beer bottles are shattered, we are introduced to Ram (Ranveer Singh) and Leela (Deepika Padukone) who find love at first sight during a Holi celebration in Bhansali’s adaptation of Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet. They are perfectly matched and would rather make love unlike their family members. But there romance is thwarted by blood vendetta as Ram and Leela are forced to stay on the sides of their family.
Unlike his previous hit film Devdas, it’s refreshing to note that Goliyon Ki Raasleela Ram-Leela has light humour, cheeky dialogues, blazing chemistry between its leads and doesn't have a worn-down tragic premise. Borrowing a few pages from Shakespeare and more from Baz Luhrmaan’s Romeo & Juliet, Bhansali captivates a dazzling light-and-sound show by capturing love at first sight.
The problem with Goliyon Ki Raasleela: Ram Leela or with any other Bhansli film is that the film starts to wear you out with its drawn-out length as the film loses steam in the second half and might even test your patience in some scenes. And some might get a bit of a setback because of the film’s violence and bloodshed.
However, the positives in here far out way the negatives starting with Bhansali and cinematographer S Ravi Varman, who gives us some wonderful visuals, stunning set pieces, colourful experiences, and breathtaking dance sequences in Nagada Sang Dhol, Taddad Taddad and Priyanka Chopra’s sexy item number Ram Chahe Leela. What also works in Goliyon Ki Raasleela: Ram Leela are the secondary characters starting with the cold-hearted don Dhankor (played by Supriya Pathak) who delivers a chilling performance with her menacing eyes. While Richa Chaddha leaves her mark as Leela’s emphatic sister-in-law. But just like Bhasali’s previous films it’s his lead stars who steal the show.
The stunning Deepika Padukone uses her eyes expressively, both in her feisty banter with Ram as well as in the tragic portions where she must assert her position, as Padukone brings in genuine emotions and raw energy. However the film also belongs to Ranveer Singh – he exudes great confidence, charm, and touches you especially in the scene where Ram and Leela must compromise for their clans. Unlike most pairings in Bollywood, Ranveer and Deepika don’t shy away from their sexual attractions as they light up the screen and show intense passion.
But in the end the hero of the film is the director Sanjay Leela Bhansali himself who’s credited for screenplay, editing, music, and direction as he delivers an enjoyable love story that’s worth your time.