After Ishaqzaade and the intolerable Issaq we have another adaption of the classic tale of Romeo and Juliet. Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Ram-Leela might look bright, colorful and fun but on the contrary is an over-plotted mess.
We are introduced to the film with a beautiful setting in Gujarat. We can very well see the amount of work Mr. Bhansali has put into the sets from the word go. But the poor setting of trying to adapt the vintage story to the present world, with use of cell phones and SMS’s being the reason for the sudden outburst of steamy-hot love just made me angry.
Ram-Leela is about Ram (Ranveer Singh) and Leela (Deepika Padukone) who belong to two feuding families, surrounded by the constant enmity and blood-pounding bullets. I wonder if Bhansali had seen Isaaq , he would have easily realized the mess he made by having an entire scene of Holi seem like a lift-off. I am not capable of demeaning Bhansali because everyone knows how imaginative he is and that can be seen in a lot of scenes here and there. Sadly these parts are seldom, appear in a non-linear fashion and seem all over the place in this awfully long film.
Bhansali tries real hard to make the epic tale into a passionate romance but a cleavage-showing princess and a low-waist dhoti prince doesn’t really fulfill my idea of passionate love. I can’t express how sad I get when people and emotions are over-stretched. The characters in the movie if happy are too happy and if sad are too sad.
The only aspects which save some grace for Ram-Leela and prevent it from being a complete disaster are the impeccable performances by a few cast members. To start off, Supriya Pathak is out of the world in her villainous act. She would make Kaal from Krrish 3 piss in his tin made pants. Her monstrous outlook and aura can be seen in those devilish eyes. Gulshan Devaiah (Shaitaan fame) is great too. He succeeds in bringing out the essence of his character. Richa Chadda could have done wonders with some more screen-space. Frankly speaking even though the chemistry between the lead pair is decent and passable, their performance is a let down. It is average and not what one would expect from a Bhansali movie. Despite not being a Deepika fan I would say that she was good in one particular scene that comes very late in the second half. Lootera made me a fan of Ranveer Singh but he failed to impress with his over-acted portrayal of a badly written character.
The camera work is amazingly good, and so is the music. Dhol-Baaje song was a treat to watch. I am not a fan of the dry-humping that Priyanka Chopra does in title track.
Final Verdict: The film is a mess of sub-plots every now and then the main plot fails. Ram-Leela is a disappointment. I find it narcissistic of the director to out his name on a film and blow up ten’s of crores. He does have a cheek. After all we remember James Cameron for Titanic -he didn’t call it Cameron’s Titanic.
Rating : 2/5