Goliyon Ki Rasleela Ramleela
Blood, bullets, guns and roses in a Bhansali remake of Romeo-Juliet
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Goliyon Ki Rasleela Ramleela

Hindi
DramaRomance
15 Nov, 2013
2 hrs 35 mins
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SYNOPSIS
Ram, the local village Romeo, is a colorful, charming yet dramatic vagabond whereas Leela is an unbridled and passionate village Juliet. The only thing in common between these two strangers is their family`s hatred for each other.

The two communities have been sworn enemies since the past 500 years and their own kin falling in love with each other is worse than any storm that could have ever come. When Ram and Leela see each other for the first time, their worlds collide, wars are fought and destinies are written in blood, forever.

Set in a land of guns, vengeance against a magnificent musical backdrop, Ram and Leela fight the world to live their own dreams. What will happen when they declare their love to the world? Will their families relent or will Ram and Leela carve their own destiny?
What new can a filmmaker do with William Shakespeare`s classic love story Romeo and Juliet? The answer is, if you are Sanjay Leela Bhansali, who is technically sound and artistically astute as far as art and craft go, you just become impudent, set the story in Gujarat, sign Bollywood`s currently best actress Deepika Padukone (Leela), team her up with `I`ve-got-fire-in-my-loins` actor Ranveer Singh (Ram) and then let them loose on one another. So there`s the Sanada clan girl Leela who falls in love, or for the most part lust, with her enemy Ram, a Rajadi. Their clans have been at war for 500 years and the exaggeratedly trigger-happy lot that these turban-wearing folk have been portrayed as clearly underlines that no matter what one Ram or Leela feel, the rest of the clan only believe in mutiny. ...Read full review
Its time to sing and dance again. Sanjay Leela Bhansali this time brings back a passion on screen that seems to have lost in the lets-concentrate-on-amassing-hundreds-of-crores kind of cinema. A larger-than-life film as is Bhansalis signature style, Ram-Leela is definitely a unique, deserving nothing but the big screen experience. Lets talk about the best thing of the film. The beauty. Each frame is a winner from the cinematographer (Ravi Verma), who makes it all look so breathtakingly beautiful that it is a task to take ones eye off from the backdrop and concentrate on the characters. Even a morose death scene in the backdrop of rain is made to look beautiful. An absolute treat for the eyes, the film is a beautiful painting from start to finish. ...Read full review
According to Raja Sen, Goliyon Ki Rasleela Ram-Leela is an overplotted, bloody mess. Begone, pretenders. Why must Bollywood try to claw vainly at the works of The Bard? Or, to be fair, why must directors overreach as they aim for instant literary endorsement? In the last year and a half, three directors (who have previously made one good film each) have tried to tell the classic tale of Romeo And Juliet and fatally floundered, creating painful works worthy of great embarrassment. Habib Faisal made the terrific Do Dooni Chaar and then gave us link to review the disgusting Ishaqzaade; Manish Tiwary made the interesting Dil Dosti Etc and then gave us the unwatchable Issaq; and finally Sanjay Leela Bhansali, who once made the impressive Khamoshi, has turned up a movie with a title almost as grotesque as its contents. ...Read full review
Cut off from the world, tucked away somewhere in Gujarat, a fictional small town named Ranjaar is a battleground of sorts for the eons-old enmity between the Rajadi and the Sanera mob clans. But even with guns blazing, beer bottles being shattered, and harsh words flying about in the air, Sanjay Leela Bhansali turns Ram Leela into such a passionate celebration of love, you cant help be seduced by it. To be fair, Bhansali brings all his tropes to the table unabashed melodrama, stunning visuals, elaborately choreographed dance numbers. Yet, its the firecracker chemistry between his leads, and the genuine feeling he infuses into the film that separates Ram Leela from previously disappointing outings, particularly Saawariya and Guzaarish, that were weighed down by shameless manipulation and pretentious, heavy-handed filmmaking. Its lust at first sight for Ram (Ranveer Singh) and Leela (Deepika Padukone) when they run into each other during a Holi celebration in Bhansalis adaptation of Shakespeares Romeo & Juliet. Perfectly matched she just as fiery and brazen as him the pair would rather make love, unlike their warring clansand they say this repeatedly while flirting boldly and stealing kisses in her balcony. But their romance is thwarted by bloody vendetta, forcing them to stay on the side of family instead of each other. ...Read full review

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