Romeo and Juliet, starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Claire Danes blew me away when I watched it a few years ago. The beauty of William Shakespeare‘s masterpiece, is undeniable. When you have such an emotionally moving and a romantically engrossed plot, it becomes difficult for you, to do justice to the actual story. That’s where Sanjay Leela Bhansali failed.
Goliyon Ki Raasleela Ram-Leela is a fictional , Indian adaptation of Romeo and Juliet where there’s a fictional small town named Raanjar. Here, there are 2 mob clans Rajadi and Senera. It’s quite predictable that both these communities are against each other and there is a certain rivalry. One can easily predict the “main plot” as it’s an adaptation of Romeo and Juliet. It was understood that Ranveer and Deepika ( Ram and Leela) are going to fall in love, by going against their communities and that’s going to cause a problem. BINGO! That is exactly what happened. For a good film to work in India, you need to have a good story until and unless you don’t have a superstar in your film. So, Bhansali sir screwed it
up at the script level only.
Keeping this aside, the rest of the things were magical and wizardly amazing.
Ravi Varman (the man who shot Barfi), I don’t have enough words to describe the beauty of his work. Cinematography was the HIGH POINT of the film. Each and every frame, perfectly shot. But the only problem was that, too many slow motions were used, that’s another reason why the first half seemed so stretchy. But still, it was beautiful.
The art direction and the costumes, PITCH PERFECT. So much of hard-work, just for the apt set and people.
Another good factor- The music, which was given by Sanjay Leela Bhansali, was astonishing. I’d be lying to myself, if I wouldn’t talk about the performances.
Each and every actor- PERFECT CASTED, PERFECTLY PERFORMED.
The supporting cast-
- Richa Chadda as Rasila, Leela’s sister-in-law
- Supriya Pathak as Dhankor Baa, Leela’s mother
- Homi Wadia as Radhu
- Sharad Kelkar as Kanji, Leela’s brother
- Gulshan Devaiah as Bhavani, Leela’s cousin
- Barkha Bisht as Kesar, Ram’s sister-in-lawe
- Abhimanyu Singh as Meghji, Ram’s brotherI’m losing out on words but the performances were the backbone of this film. Supriya Pathak, how can someone be so good? She’s the same woman who played Ranbir’s mother in Wake Up Sid. We loved her there. She’s the same woman who played Hansa in Khichdi. She can make you cry, she can make you laugh and she can even make you hate her. Ram Leela’s a proof. Ranveer Singh is growing from strength to strength. I couldn’t believe my eyes when I saw him perform on screen. He was RAM and I could feel each and every emotion of his.
Similarly, Deepika Padukone…she’s the only bollywood actress who is actually capable of giving the Khans a tough competition. What a growth, she didn’t wear a bikini but still, she looked hotter than ALL THESE swimsuit models.
They way their love-making scenes have been captured, it’ll give you goosebumps. It’s sensuous and bold but nowhere close to vulgar. Now, that’s talent and superficial execution. The dialogues have been penned down, keeping in mind the youth of our country. They are funny, they are meaningful too. Beautifully written.
I wish Sir Bhansali thought about the screenplay, if he would have done that…he would have delivered a classic. We’ve seen Ishaqzaade and Issaq, so obviously the same ideas can’t keep us entertaining.
According to me, he should have tried to do something different…specially with the climax. Disappointed by SLB.
Anyway, even though there are a lot of flaws in the film. I would still recommend it. Watch it for the performances and the camera work. 😀