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MONOJIT LAHIRI | New Delhi, November 22, 2013 14:30
Tags : Ramleela | Sanjay Leela Bhansali | deepika padukone | ranveer |

Sanjay Leela Bhansali's gift for choreography & eye for spectacularly exotic visuals is known to anyone who has followed his oeuvre – with special reference to Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam & Devdas – but this time, Bhansali creates history like perhaps never before seen on Indian celluloid. After lying low for some years, the mercurial prodigy returns with all cylinders firing to offer a ravishingly beauteous vehicle designed to explode your senses beyond imagination and do to Romeo and Juliet what none could have dared – convert loved & adored iconic classics of love & loss into pop, sexy, audience-friendly, larger-than-life sensational cinematic fare! Ten stars is the rating Bhansali gets in this review; and might we mention, he deserves more.


When Shakespeare’s star-crossed lovers are summoned for deification Bhansali-style and pitched as a hi-decibel, passionate, colourful, energetic melodrama with the lush Gujarat socio-cultural context as backdrop, chances are that the dice could well be loaded in the film-maker’s favour, knowing his penchant, flair & success-rate with this kind of cinema.


Bhansali turns on the provocative heat in familiar seductive territory and re-tells the Montague-Capulet tale in a way that appears bewitchingly desperate! Beguilingly, he infuses in this enchanting story of feuding families some things he has never attempted in this manner – lust & violence. Taking full advantage of the new-age-audience-cool storyline but most importantly the clinquant crackling chemistry between the lead pair, he serves up a deliciously, red-hot, lip-smacking, titillating treat of raunch & ras that has already excited the mobs into storming the halls! A smashing visual feast, the film’s blood n’ bullets – also a first – add a new explosive edge to the prepossessing narrative.


Amidst this entrancing explosion of colour, Deepika Padukone’s Leela stands out – in pulchritudinous style! This tall, lissome lass has been steadily moving from strength to strength and today is easily on top of the heap. She looks spectacular & does a mind boggling job being the Juliet, lighting up every scene she participates in, all thanks to Bhansali's directions. The mesmerizing Ranveer brings entrancing bravado & machismo to the role, charismatically matching Deepika’s sweeping, all-embracing influence! The anti-heroine Supriya Pathak, if you can call her that, comes up with an excellent performance too. But then, the movie is really about the music & picturisation, which are – as always, thanks to the legend in making Bhansali – top class. Overall, Bhansali’s salute to the Bard of Avon and fabled lovers is like a carnival of colours etching a tale that can never die!

Director: Sanjay Leela Bhansali

Cast: Ranveer Singh, Deepika Padukone, Krishna Singh Bisht


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Issue Dated: Feb 5, 2017