This is it. The movie Sanjay Leela Bhansali has always wanted to make but never quite succeeded in doing, is finally here. The director who gave us the masterpiece Khamoshi has always seemed to be on the verge of giving us something spectacular and did deliver, in a way, with Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam and Devdas. His penchant for pomp and pageantry is still as strong as it has been and Ram Leela is definitely a visual spectacle to behold. What makes it a movie truly worth watching is the brilliant acting and story.
The movie opens with a song and immediately the viewer knows that he or she is in for one hell of a ride. The movie introduces us to Ram (Ranveer Singh) of the Rajadi clan. The Rajadis are in the business of manufacturing arms and ammunition which they mostly use against the Sanedas, their implacable enemies. On a dare, Ram and his friends break into the palace of the Sanedas where Ram stumbles upon the unbelievably beautiful Leela. The moment they lay their eyes on each other, sparks fly and the foundation for undying love is laid. As the two lovers try to break out of the centuries of hatred they are up against the elders of their family. The Sanedas are headed by the Mukhiya (Supriya Pathak) who makes life hell for the young lovers. What will come of our Gujarati Romeo & Juliet is what the movie ultimately builds up to.
Needless to say, the movie packs a knockout punch. Colours soak every frame of the movie and it is a glorious experience to just sit in the theater and watch bright hues of every colour flash before us. The acting is incredible. Deepika and Ranveer do a fantastic job and we’re inclined to say this is Deepika’s best performance yet. The real show stealer is Supriya Pathak who, as the Mukhiya, brings a menace we haven’t seen in a long time from a female protagonist.
There are some moments where the movie moves from being realistic and ventures into regular Bollywood disbelief, but thankfully these moments do not last. Sanjay Leela Bhansali has made an incredible picture and deserves every honour that comes his way. It helps that he is supported by stellar directors of photography and music.
Don’t miss Ram Leela for anything!