Ram-Leela Movie Review


Ram-Leela-2013-Movie-ReviewMovie : Ram-Leela (2013)

Artists (Cast) : Ranveer Singh, Deepika Padukone, Abhimanyu Shekhar Singh, Richa Chadda, Shweta Salve
Producer : Sanjay Leela Bhansali
Director : Sanjay Leela Bhansali
Music Director : Sanjay Leela Bhansali
Release Date : Nov 15, 2013

Genre: Romance
Duration: 2 hours 35 minutes

Ram-Leela Movie Story:

The movie Ram Leela revolves around two major characters – Ram (Ranveer Singh), the local village Romeo, is a colourful, charming yet dramatic vagabond, and Leela (Deepika Padukone) an unbridled and passionate village Juliet. The only thing in common between these two strangers is their families’ 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. What will happen when they declare their love to the world? Will their families relent or will Ram and Leela carve their own destiny?


Ranveer Singh is perfect as Ram. Born into a violent family with warring opponents, he gives Ram a lingering charm. I have never been a fan of his acting but the gusto and the energy with which he plays every scene, every frame is so effervescent that he is nothing short of superlative.

Deepika Padukone matches Ranveer’s brilliance with her own fiesty and enthusiastic performance. It is becoming a norm that every time you see Deepika on screen, you feel she has become better than her last stint. She looks breathtaking in most scenes to her credit and more than her fiery nature and robust character, she gives Leela elegance and strength in equal measures.

Their chemistry demands a special mention as the film wouldn’t even have neared the epic mark if the two hadn’t been so scintillating at their work. They carve their on screen romance with such vulnerability, volatility and yet there is such unbeatable ferociousness.

Supriya Pathak is wonderful in her role. She menaces with brutality and that works well for the film.

Gulshan Devaiah is near brilliant as he plays his part without restraints or hiccups.

Another special mention for Richa Chadha who plays Deepika’s sister in law with marvel. Though Sharad Kelkar appears in a few scenes, in his last scene in the film he is first rate.

Ram-Leela Movie Technical Departments:

Sanjay Leela Bhansali gives us one emphatic piece of work which might not rank as his best but it surely is better than his last few films. He enmeshes the enemity of Rajadis and Saneras with the starkly unusual love between Ram and Leela. He renders poetry into his frames which makes certain parts of the film remarkable.

But it would be far too much of praise if you call this film faultless. There are its down moments. It tends to get over dramatic in places. A particular finger-sacrifice sequence is creepy. The bloodshed and violence is overdone, exactly like his tendency to overdo the corny romance. And the climax takes too long to happen.

But perhaps all these glitches are forgiven because the film is that exuberant. The vigor, the color, the passion, the high pitched emotions, the thrill – it all cobbles up into a spellbinding work of art.

There is this brilliant scene before the interval which wins you over. In between playing with guns and smashing bottles, calamity strikes. For such moments, the film is so satisfying. The editing in the last part slackens but in totality it’s worthwhile.

Ram-Leela Movie Analysis:

Set on the backdrop of Gujarat, the film is Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s imaginative take on Shakespeare’s most popular play Romeo and Juliet. Indianizing it with intelligence, the script manages to infuse in a spellbinding originality. I frankly did not go in expecting any of it. Since the last adaptation of Romeo And Juliet in Bollywood was Issaq, I chided myself for being unable to fathom the caliber of Bhansali and underestimating him so gravely. Shakespeare would quite appreciate the imaginative vein of Bhansali’s work in Ramleela.

This film is definitely another enigmatic yet cryptic work from Bhansali. It begins with a whiff of color unlike the gloom we associate Bhansali’s films with. Luckily for us, Ramleela is one tremendously intense film. While watching it I felt a gush of myriad fervid emotions. Though it isn’t possible to gauge or analyse them, the film spins off an enormous impact. It is incredible how the most outrageous story that for me doesn’t really define love can be weaved out with such marvel and impeccable passion.

Scriptwriters Bhansali along with Siddharth and Garima have done a fantastic job in sketching out ferocious characters with well etched out characteristics. Ram and Leela especially are so different from each other but they share the same tenacity and vigor. To quote Emile Bronte, the best words to describe Ram-Leela’s chemistry would be, “Whatever souls are made of, his and mine are the same.”

In a land where guns speak more than words, the younger ones of two feuding families fall for each other. Involving violence and bloodshed, the love of Ram-Leela simmers subtly amidst rage, love, frenzy and passion. For someone of this generation, it is hard to understand why and how Romeo and Juliet dying for love is justified. Somehow Ram-Leela validates the same so convincingly that for the climax and the sprightly chemistry of its lead pair, the film stands undefeated.

Final word about Ram-Leela Movie:

On the whole, GOLIYON KI RAASLEELA RAM-LEELA ought to be watched for multiple reasons: the electrifying chemistry between its lead actors, the strong dramatic content, the scintillating musical score, the violent streak in the narrative and of course, Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s execution of the material. This is Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s most accomplished work to date. It’s a work of outstanding artistry. No two opinions about it. A masterpiece by the master craftsman Sanjay Leela Bhansali!

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