10 minutes into Ram-Leela and Bhansali had managed to kill 2 birds with a single shot.The first being guns fired in a Bhansali film, and second was justifying the title Goliyon ki Rasleela aptly. From there, begins a journey which although retains the essence of Romeo & Juliet, but takes a raunchier and a violent approach to depict the immortal saga of the two star crossed lovers. And there in lies Bhansali’s strength. After delivering two back to back turkeys, Bhansali retuns with a vengeance to retell a tale soaked in blood and enmity. And his take is refreshingly original and entertaining.
The story follows two warring clans of Gujarat who would stop at nothing to prove their supremacy. After a furious action chase sequence at the very beginning, Bhansali introduces us to his Ram (Ranveer). And Oh Boy, what an introduction it is! The chart buster Tattad Tattad sucks you into the world created by Bhansali. Then we are introduced to Leela (Deepika), a firebrand who cares a damn about family enmity. And thus begins a romance which is as physical as any relationship can be, but at the same time the chemistry between the pair is kinetic. The first half is all about developing the romance. It is the second half wehere the film shifts gears bringing to the forefront, the enmity between the families and the ramifications it has on Ram Leela’s romance. Throw in a side track of a villian (Gulshan Deviah) who wants to become numero uno and you have an ideal story.
But then again, Ram Leela wouldnt have been as brilliant without Supriya Pathak. The lady still has the mojo and gives ample display of her range of emotions. As Leela’s mother and head of the family, she pulls off the film’s coolest performance. But at the end of the day, it is Ranveer Singh and Deepika Padukone who deliver their carteer best performance in a role which is highly demanding. Ranveer especially doesnt put a foot wrong, and Deepika needless to say is on a roll and whatever she is touching this year, seems to turn into box office gold.
The music by Bhansali himself is terrific and with the visuals takes up an altogether brilliant meaning. The camera by ravi Verman is fantastic and he brings makes Ram Leela a visual extravaganza. Lastly, Sanjay leela Bhansali it is who deserves a pat on his back for not just writing a film which is so opposite to his style but also directing it brilliantly.
This take on Romeo and Juliet would certainly leave the Bard pleased, no make that very pleased.