Bhansali’s film have become a metaphorical revisit to larger-than-life richness, visual tapestry and opulence.In this adaptation of Romeo & Juliet saga,he mounts his lavish sets against the bloody(read Red) backdrop of two warring clans – the Rajadis and the Saneras who have an astronomical history of rivalry for over 500 years.
Sounds familiar ? Yes , it does. The temperament of Ramleela resonates the same sentiments thatIshaqzaade had.With the ghastly memories of the unbearable Issaq still afresh in our minds , we are offered another violent love story set in the fictional town called Ranjaar in Gujarat.Its lust at first sight for Ram (Ranveer Singh)the scion of the Rajadi community and Leela (Deepika Padukone)from the Sanera family.Bhansali develops their romance with strong sleazy dialogues, cheesy SMSes and a solid undercurrent of sexual energy. Eventually the romance is thwarted by familial vendetta and transforms into a love-hate fare where each party is on an endless, mindless pursuit to settle scores with guns and bullets.
The problem with Bhansali’s storytelling is its exaggeration. With the narrative turning wobbly in the second half , the contrived melodrama resurfaces and takes a toll on your brain. Somehow, the sequences look disjointed and every high-tension action is punctuated by a dance number which slowly gets on to your nerves. His obsession for folk dance becomes evident when you even find a cocky and clumsy Abhimanyu Singh shaking his booty in a song sequence. The blazing camerawork and elaborately choreographed songs stand out in this enterprise, with Priyanka Chopra’s tantalizing item number effortlessly topping the list.
We all know that Bhansali’s over-indulgence is channelized towards his female lead.He makes Leela a heady concoction of sweetness, bitterness and sauciness. With her ethereal looks and luminous eyes, Deepika spreads such a rare aura that you can’t take your eyes off her.But when the script is so saddled, not even a determined performer like Ranveer can salvage it.He has the natural potency but his character is so awkwardly written that it tries to break into multiple directions.
The supporting cast does make its presence felt – be it the menacing Supriya Pathak in the role of Ba who moves her eye-balls like the notorious Kooka(Mohan Agasse) of Trimurti or Richa Chaddha playing the feisty sister-in-law of Leela with utmost perfection. Watching Abhimanyu singh and Sharad Kelkar in the terrific bottle-shooting sequence did raise goose bumps and good hopes.Barkha Bist and Gulsan Deviah do fair amount of justice to their roles.It was a treat to feel the rich baritone of Raza Murad cast in a cameo , as his character woggles helplessly at the silliness of the plot.
Watching Ramleela gave me mixed feelings. I was irritated because it was a drag and happy at the same(with due regards to his artistic reverence) anticipating that brand SLB would not come back before 3 years.
Rating : 2/5