Ram-Leela is a romance film, and the director Sanjay Leela Bhansali brought Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet to life in the Bollywood film Ram-Leela (2013).
The film, casts Ranveer Singh and Deepika Padukone, tells the story of two lovers from enemy families. It is set in modern Gujarat, India. Bhansali created a beautiful world through elaborate sets, colorful costumes, exciting dance numbers, and fun music. Everything in the movie is grand and eye-catching. Ram-Leela became one of the biggest hit films that year.
This review looks at what makes the film so great. It explores why people still love watching Ram-Leela even today.
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Adaptation of a Shakespearean Classic
Ram-Leela is adapted from Shakespeare’s iconic tragedy Romeo and Juliet. The core narrative of two young lovers from rival families who pursue a doomed romance is retained.
However, director Sanjay Leela Bhansali masterfully transports the story to a contemporary Indian setting. The feuding noblehouses became warring clans in rural Gujarat. The names Ram and Leela invoke Hindu mythology, giving the tale an Indian flavor.
While the broad strokes remain the same, key characters are adapted for Indian sensibilities. For example, Leela’s cousin Bhavani represents toxic masculine aggression more than Mercutio did in the original.
The film makes the family rivalry about honor and blood feuds between Rajput clans rather than political power. This adaptation succeeds in telling an authentically Indian version of the timeless tragedy.
The success of Ram-Leela depends on the two main actors – Ranveer Singh as Ram and Deepika Padukone as Leela. They have explosive chemistry together on screen. Ranveer shows different sides of Ram. Sometimes, Ram is angry and violent. But Ranveer shows Ram’s gentle and loving side when he is with Leela.
Deepika also gives a powerful performance like Leela. She can be a proud and independent woman. But Deepika also shows Leela’s more emotional side. The two actors put their hearts and souls into these roles. Their facial expressions and eyes make you believe in the doomed romance.
Ranveer and Deepika’s performances stick with you long after watching the film. They make Ram and Leela come vividly to life on screen.
The look and feel of Ram-Leela is very grand and beautiful. Director Sanjay Leela Bhansali creates stunning visuals throughout the film. There are sweeping outdoor landscapes of the countryside.
The mansions and palaces have magnificent architecture with arches and columns. The sets dwarf the characters and make them look small. Different scenes use bright and festive colors during the songs, brooding dark colors in intense moments.
The dance numbers are full of motion and energy, like the folk dandiya dance “Nagada Sang Dhol.” Each song takes you into a new visual world.
Everything put together – the scenery, palaces, colors, dances – make Ram-Leela incredibly beautiful to watch. Bhansali uses all the tools of filmmaking to create visual magic.
The songs in Ram-Leela are used skillfully to move the story forward. The fast, energetic song “Nagada Sang Dhol” shows the clash between the two families, but it is also fun to watch with its colors and dandiya dance.
On the other hand, the sad love song “Laal Ishq” brings out the romance between Ram and Leela that cannot be. Deepika’s dance in “Ang Laga De” expresses Leela’s pain through graceful movements. “Lahu Munh Lag Gaya” shows Ram celebrating Holi before sad events happen later. Bhansali makes sure the music highlights the love and passion between the characters.
The songs stick with you long after watching the film. Each one brings out different emotions – excitement, romance, sadness. The music takes the viewers on an emotional journey.