Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s mystical world of grandeur is far from real life existence but unlike Saawariya, Ramleela is atleast recognizable and less esoteric than the films he has delivered in the last few years. The film’s trailer is spectacular with wonderful shots and operatic beauty in it.
From the start itself, the trailer’s music and look has the feel of Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam. Bhansali dishes out the best of his recipe in the trailer that has all the ideas you expect from this cinematic maverick. From lavish sets to ravishing costumes and actors you can barely take your eyes off – Bhansali has given us the old wine in a new bottle it seems.
From a layman’s perspective, Ramleela looks stunning that you might just want to overlook how there is no novelty or originality in what we will encounter in the film. The imagery became even more stark specifically because I found the trailer extremely similar to Issaq‘s. Perhaps it is the passionate love of its lead characters and violence of blazing guns which makes the resemblance so evident to me.
The film’s theme too is close to Issaq as they both drew inspiration from the same literary source – Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. But, Bhansali’s brilliance stretches beyond the superficial grandeur to an inspired style of storytelling which only the film will unravel with time.
For the pluses, Deepika looks gorgeous and though I have never been fascinated by the idea of seeing Ranveer Singh romancing Miss Padukone, the unusual pairing is breathtaking in the scenes where their romance drips passion. The color, the beauty and the picturesque folksy dance and songs, is what is making Ramleela unlike the clamor of thrashing action we witness over and over.
I prefer to live in the era where Bhansali created a Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam and this one seems just as potent. Though I couldn’t find a hint of freshness or original creativity, in terms of its profile or story – I am going to bank on the director’s art of narration which is known to be utterly flawless. I am putting my bet that with the intriguing chemistry of its lead pair and a fascinatingly folk based depiction of an eternal love story – this one will make for quite an inviting watch but whether it lives up to the Bhansali’s prowess is something that only time will tell.
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