Rang Rasiya
The life and times of a legendary painter.

Rang Rasiya

07 Nov, 2014
2 hrs 12 mins
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Director Ketan Mehta`s latest venture revolves around painter Raja Ravi Varma (Randeep Hooda) and his muse (Nandana Sen). Shot over Kerela, Jaisalmer and Varanasi, the movie depicts the life and art of the painter, which includes nude paintings which draw criticism and ire from fellow villagers to the point that he is arrested and tried in a local court.
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Till now, we have had no access to our gods and goddesses. You are the one whos made it possible. A character, presumably of ordinary origin, says this to Raja Ravi Varma in Rang Rasiya, after watching the first public exhibition of his paintings.This sentence tells us just how deep the influence of the painter is not just in the Indian art world, but in all the worlds that are created when art and culture and society collide. Varma was a rare radical break-away in a country which was, when he was in his prime, fighting enslavement not just by the British, but by the gatekeepers of high art, who happened, naturally, to be high-caste ...Read full review
Salman Rushdie had once said, Freedom of expression ceases to exist without the freedom to offend. Ketan Mehta doesnt shirk from taking the pique stand in telling a well blended tale about love, passion, virtue, chastity and the brooding demand to adhere to social norms, bringing into relevance Raja Ravi Varmas story which is more than a century old. Mehtas line of thought was simple, while gadgets and technology is progressing, our minds are still not free from the shackles of primitive thinking. Rang Rasiya is more courageous than bold, more sensitive in its narrative than preachy or aggressive and more relevant than any one of his recent films. The canvas and vision of the film is massive and the movie doesnt step on wrong foot ever, staying brutally honest to what it attempts to say. This is one Ketans most effortless, most nuanced and most impactful works and definitely one of recent times most powerful and moving films, I had the good fortune of watching. ...Read full review
Rang Rasiya depicts painter Raja Ravi Varma`s passion towards art and also takes a closer look at the method behind the madness. The film is based on writer Ranjit Desai`s biographical novel Raja Ravi Varma, whose art knew no boundaries.Centuries ago a painter dared to paint Indian Gods the way he imagined them. His portraits of goddesses were inspired by a woman, Sugandha (Nandana Sen), who was his muse. A case was filed against Raja Ravi Varma for making obscene paintings because some people from the Hindu community claimed that his work had hurt their religious sentiments.Apart from the court case, the film also shows his struggle with business because all he could do is paint, but unfortunately selling the art was not his strength. He partnered with some businessmen who were starting a printing press that would make copies of his paintings and flood the market with his work ...Read full review

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