After years of controversy, Indian audiences can finally witness Ketan Mehta’s film Rang Rasiya or Colors of Passion.

Ketan Mehta very deftly portrays the life of the 19th century painter Raja Ravi Verma. Even though Rang Rasiya isn’t exactly a biopic, it captures the artist’s early years, right from his childhood in Kilimanoor till the peak of his career in Mumbai, then Bombay.

Randeep Hooda plays the lead character of Raja Ravi Verma, with Nandana Sen as his muse Sugandha. Randeep Hooda, though impressive, isn’t perfect. Nandana Sen is bold and graceful, but it is completely Hooda’s show. He is snobbish and smug and wounded. Sometimes, his acting might seem a little mechanical, but overall, he doesn’t disappoint. Members of the supporting cast; including Paresh Rawal, Sachin Khedekar and Darshan Jariwala give good performances.

Ketan Mehta has all the elements in the right order for a period drama. He strikes a decent balance between all the characters as well. Even though the first half of the film seems a little unsettling with the cheeky narrative, it manages to hold on to the story. The way Ketan Mehta captured an amused Raja Ravi Verma at the India’s first moving cinema screening by the Lumiere brothers is simply brilliant.

The cinematography by Anil Mehta is imaginative and arty. However, the music by Sandesh Shandilya does not make much of an impact.

Why should you watch the film?
Although, Ketan Mehta’s Rang Rasiya isn’t a perfect ode to the great painter, it certainly deserves applause. Rang Rasiya is a bold film. It is a colorful portrait of love, passion and the dreams of an artist.

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