Ram Leela

Ram Leela                                                                                               A cross between the Gangs of Wasseypur and a raunchier version of Romeo and Juliet – RamLeela is all about marathon foreplay and unconsumed love. It’s bodacious, curvy and has loads of tickle factor. Sanjay Leela Bansali has hit the nail right on the wall with the reds and sexual metaphors used freely throughout the movie. The movie does not make any claims to being any puppyish love. It’s straight to the belt so to speak.

Sometimes the story fluctuates between crossed universes of dhotis, jeans, male ethnic jewellery, pornography, guns, gujarati turbans and lispy dialect, beer in tall glasses, love talk on the phone, textures are different – from port side, rustic Gujarat, to Alice in Wonderland type of backdrop of Leela’s house, to a Brazilian parade from Rio or San Paulo like frame up where Ram’s team gets cunningly slaughtered, to Grecian columns of the Parthenon when Supriya Pathak – the don mom is shot to a ballet kind of kissing. And not to mention Moulin Rouge tones in Leela’s dancing.

There is so much incongruity as well, script holes that smack you in the face – the raid scene where the cop decides to forgo the raid for a few porn cds. Common in this age of  Twitter? Yes twitter played a role in the script too. But you tend to ignore it and accept it as Bollywood logic. You gotta keep your logic at home. Some places you can laugh with incredulity even but the movie hits you again with dollops of Leela’s fabulous acting.

Deepikapadukone‬ is good. A camera’s darling here. There is freedom in her movement and expression. Unlike the plasticky performance of Priyanka Chopra, her item song was not required. Both have fabulous body lines but only Deepika has ‘that’ language.

The cinematography, art direction, production values are simply a photographer’s delight. For me I loved every frame. I thought the best shot was when Ram falls into the pool the first time around – hair all over the place, his back to the pool, expressions of shock were fabulous. In slow motion it was an awesome shot. The movie imagery was wonderfully crafted. That’s Bansali all over.

The script was some places to die for – I may be biased here. The movie is twisted in the end and does not follow the Shakespearean end. It’s interesting here. Second half I thought was a bit off but ok. I don’t know if it’s a hit or a flop, but hell it’s worth a see once!

That’s Sanjay Leela Bansali all over. The script was some places to die for – I may be biased here. The movie is twisted in the end and does not follow the Shakespearean end. It’s interesting here. Second half I thought was a bit off but ok. I don’t know if it’s a hit or a flop, but hell it’s worth a see once! 

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