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I was surprised to know that a lot of people I know personally are looking forward to watching Ram Leela. I first wondered if it was Ranbir Singh's pull or Deepika Padukone's or is it Sanjay Leela Bhansali? But, the trailer too are as interestingly put together.
A love story set amidst political/feudal rift is hardly a new idea. But, the crisp execution, the chemistry between the lead actors have a freshness about them that you want to see more of. I really hope the story has a little more meat than the standard love against all odds. The promo material seems to suggest there will be.
Unfortunately, the songs sound repetitive from Bhansali's earlier films. Also, despite their energy and chemistry, the effort on the songs is too visible, too transparent.
Yet, a romance where you can sense the chemistry between the two lovers is something to look forward to. Alas, the last time that happened after looking at a trailer was with Shudh Desi Romance, which ended up being pretty unremarkable. Here's hoping we have more than that in store with Ram-Leela.
Bollyspice - "2/5"
Bollywood Hungama - "3.5/5"
dunkdaft - "What I love most is how they used original, Gujarati instruments and tunes throughout the album."
glamsham - "3.5/5"
IBN Live, IANS - "4/5"
Milliblog - "limited progress for Sanjay as a composer."
Music Aloud - "7.5/10"
- meeta, a part of the audience
From love at first sight to till-death-do-us-part style, crazy love via the banter and misunderstandings that any relationship goes through - Ram-Leela has it all, in gorgeous frames, amongst lots of song and dance. That also makes it predictable, long and over-dramatized.
For a better part of the first half Ram-Leela is completely engaging. The set-up is intriguing, the language brash and earthy, the characters draw interest and of course it is all very pretty. What also happens hand-in-hand though is that everything is a little overdone. For example, the songs are breathtakingly beautiful but go on for a little too long; I actually laughed out loud at an innuendo and then it is stretched further to kill the joke; similarly the characters, at least the side characters, get a little too repetitive.
The two central characters though keep you hooked - for the first hour. It is difficult to say whether that is because of the vivacious performances, or the strong-minded characters, or the chemistry between the lead pair or just that they look jaw-droppingly beautiful, or their colorful costumes or lack thereof. Or it could be just that you are soaking in the atmosphere. Or all of the above - you are hooked. Even so much so that you overlook the implausibility of it all. You enter the fairytale, alright.
The side characters too, hold their own both in terms of performances and the screen space they are given. Gulshan Devaiah and Richa Chadda have nicely layered characters - especially considering they are a part of a large canvas and there are many small characters to share the space with. Similarly, given how uni-dimensional Supriya Pathak's character is, she does a pretty decent job of instilling fear.
Ranveer Singh and Deepika Padukone themselves are oozing oomph. At the same time, their presence is more than that. The pulsating sexual tension between them isn't a regular feature in Hindi films. Ranveer Singh is creating quite a space for himself as a romantic lead hero. Deepika Padukone too, not only looks prettier by the day but also engages as a performer.
After that first hour though, because of the impact of how the film began, you wait for something more and better to happen. Unfortunately, the film pretty much takes the route you predicted at the end of this first hour.
Other than the overall love angle, the story tries to touch upon a current social issue. But, it comes out of nowhere and doesn't get too much attention in the main scheme of things, later. It thus, ends up looking like an afterthought. Sure, there are a few twists that you sit up to, but the impact fizzles out, because again it is either long-drawn or melo-dramatized by slow motion.
These things only slow down the proceedings towards a climax that you know all about. There's loads of violence too and some of it gory. While it does become all about one shooting the other shooting the one, there were a couple of chase sequences that I really liked - despite the slow-motion. The sound design and choreography is slick.
In fact, each frame is picture perfect, the lighting in each frame looks divine. But, that is the very least you expect from a Sanjay Leela Bhansali film, right? And I can watch almost any film of his for just that atmosphere. Even though, he goes all masala on you this time, barely clad men, women with backless blouses in a conservative set-up, item number and all!
If you can too, you just might not mind Ram-Leela. Once, any way.
- meeta, a part of the audience
Thumbs up, by Subhash K. Jha , Apun Ka Choice : ..."Goliyon Ki Raasleela Ram-Leela" is the most vital romantic musical in the last five years. To experience it is to serenade the divine. To miss it would be a crime... full review
Thumbs up, by Yashika Mathur, Apun Ka Choice : ...The strong point of the "Ram Leela" album is the soft romantic songs. Bhansali has put his best 'musical' foot forward. It deserves to be heard and enjoyed.... full review
Thumbs up, by Mohar Basu, koimoi : ...the film despite its ostentatious feel is at core a fierce love story enacted effectively by Ranveer and Deepika. Putting up an astonishingly prodigious chemistry, the duo pull through the film with might... full review
Thumbs up, by Mansha Rastogi, Now Running.com : ...Goliyon Ki Rasleela Ram-Leela has brilliance written all over it. One of Sanjay Leela Bhansali's finest. Yes, there are flaws but it isn't said for no reason that imperfections make a thing more real... full review
Thumbs up, by Lidia Ostepeev , Planet Bollywood : ...A team of choreographers was responsible for these beautiful sequences among them - Ganesh Acharya, Samir Tanna, Arsh Tanna, Vishnu Deva and Terrence Lewis. ... full review
Thumbs up, by Sonia Chopra, Sify Movies : ...The cinematography by Ravi Varman matches step with Bhansali’s vision, the performances are beautiful, and the chemistry will keep you riveted.... full review
Thumbs up, by Gayatri Sankar, Zee News : ...Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s films have always been high on passion. His films have given us visual references to his incredible imagination and storytelling prowess. And the mise-en-scene has always reflected his fetish for perfection!... full review
So-So, by Pooja Rao, Bolly Spice : ...Ram-Leela, the thrill of being a fulfilling movie experience. Consuming, thoroughly entertaining, with little unexpected surprises and twists that keep you engaged for most part of it, Ram-Leela is well worth a watch.u... full review
So-So, by Piyasree Dasgupta, FirstPost : ... Ram Leela is almost like that chick-flick pretending to be noir, or a noir killed by its secret wish to be a romantic musical. For all its beauty, it’s a baffling film.... full review
So-So, by Divya Solgama, MoviezADDA : ...On overall basis a decent comeback from the ace film maker, though not in his best form. But due to average screenplay, tiring length and connectivity with the theme of the film, viewers will end up with little bit of disappointment. Thus, would sum it up by saying that this time 'leela toh acchi rachi lekin ram wali baat nahin thi'... full review
So-So, by Karan Anshuman, Mumbai Mirror : ...So can we reward a film for the way it looks, superlative acting, and a director who knows exactly what he's doing despite the indulgence in the writing department... full review
Thumbs down, by Baradwaj Rangan, Blogical Conclusion, The New Sunday Express : ... Ram-Leela is so generic, it could have been made by anyone with the sense to hire a good cinematographer and art director. After a while, there’s nothing to see except the calligraphy on the curtains and the murals on the walls. Bhansali, earlier, had vision; now he just has visuals.... full review
Thumbs down, by Bobby Sing, Bobby Talks Cinema.com : ...RAM-LEELA - Bhansali's another self-obsessed film, which is visually stunning with few notable performances but how many times I am supposed to watch the same story again & again. ... full review
Thumbs down, Cinemaa Online : ...It happens with all Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s films—they are extravagant, flamboyant, loud, the unoriginal content packaged into Incredible India ad style visuals... full review
Thumbs down, by Deepa Deosthalee, Film Impressions : ...Although objectively speaking, he's right. What's Ram Leela if not an amalgam of Shantaram and Kondke channelled through Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet at the designer village nautanki?... full review
Thumbs down, by Raja Sen, Rediff : ...At one point in this silly, wasteful, loud film with many a shifting accent, Ranveer Singh’s Ram, a leading man addicted to selfies, takes a picture of himself and Deepika’s Leela, proclaiming that it be announced immediately across Twitter (!) that Ram-Leela are now one.... full review
Thumbs down, by Karan Bali, Upper Stall : ...Finally, for all its visual and technical strengths and some fine performances, Goliyon ki Raasleela Ram-Leela fails to dig itself out of the hole it creates for itself by taking on an overtly familiar and hackneyed scenario and just not being able to do enough with it. ... full review
Zoeviccaji: Really enjoyed ram leela!
write2shivam: Watched #RamLeela Just Amazing ! :D
vishu_ishtaar: IMDB has given #RamLeela 7.4 Rating ...... Amazing ..... Praiseworthy and most of all Deserving ..... Hatss off to SLB sir !!!
vidhivpatel: Hatss of to ranvir singh and dipika padukone...such a touching movie dat ever seen..!!!!...again awesome both of u..!!!!..luv @ramleela..
vchowdhary: Enjoyed sexy RamLeela
vasumummadi: hi guys just watch "ramleela" movie i enjoyed it thoroughly becz of the mindblowing performance by deepika & ranveer, grt dir by s.b. sir..
vanziiiee: Sanjay leela bhansali,how do yu make such greats films? #raamleela was an amazing experience..dil le lia
Ujala95: #RamLeela is a beautiful movie :D tragic love story, would make #shakespeare proud! @deepikapadukone stunning performance! <3
therealshaydes: Ram Leela... No words
Thenehworld: Watch RamLeela GOLIYON KI RAASLEELA RAM-LEELA ought to be watched for multiple reasons: the electrifying... https://www.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=239348449555098&id=100004398342391
TeenaSingh90: I saw Ramleela. IT IS A GOOD FILM. Taking a lot of rush. But not good for children due to too much violence.
Team_SalmanKhan: Simple Ram Leela Is OSM Movie. Must Watch Guyssss... Maza aavi gai. @Ramleela_Movie
snigam78: Ram-Leela awesome movie.
shubambanu03: Saw Ramleela ystrdy awesome movie so far best f dis yr bacame fan f @RanveerOfficial nd @deepikapadukone today.Thnks SLB fr brgin dm tgthr.
ShivstrStallion: #Ramleela really wonderful grand and what not a complete love story... @ramleela
shivangimenonn: #RamLeela I loved this movie! The visuals were beautiful. And the story is just so intense! Well done @RanveerOfficial @deepikapadukone ❤️
shikshu: Ram-Leela a must watch musical romantic movie...loved @RanveerOfficial & @deepikapadukone they set d screen on fire.
Shelbylakhan: Ram-Leela is such a good movie
sheetal_maurya: Jhakass mrng 2 all.... Ramleela rocks up
shammu_143: Raamleela khatham thoh... Picture bhi khatham. It's an eye feasting movie yaar...
ShahidzDevotee: Watched #Ramleela... Superb performances by @deepikapadukone, @RanveerOfficial, Richa Chadda and Supriya Pathak! Deeps took my heart away.:)
sagarsahil8: Ram-leela is an awesome movie, everybody should see it once.
rutu2210: RamLeela- Mr.Bhansali-most amazing director.Ranvir Singh-Hot .Deepika - Most beautiful lady.Supriya Pathak complete justice to her character
RrahulDPsmile: Ram-Leela.... What a superb direction by Sir Sanjay Leela Bhansali ... MasterPiece
RobinPrabjeet99: Bahut Dino baad itni badiya movie dekhi hai "RAMLEELA @RanveerOfficial
rebelleutionary: ram leela was sooo good! everybody was good but ranveer singh was the best. he definitely stole the show!
ranjinibubbles: Watched ramleela w mum and dad yesterday . To me it's nice . Seemed like literature .
raj_ardeshna: Awesome movie,speechless, @deepika and @ranveer best acting till this day, #ramleela deserves more than 5 star...
rahyl008: marvelous movie.....#RamLeela #deepika was awsme and #ranvir was dashing ...faadu movie
Radznanda: #RamLeela ke last scene mein I cried ... Kya yaar yeh #Ishq is really a mean thing to happen to anyone
puja_Swag: #RamLeela was a good movie
pranavkohli: #RamLeela great movie... @deepikapadukone @RanveerOfficial amazing acting.. Treat to watch http://twitter.com/pranavkohli/status/401374350068428800/photo/1
pooja_udeshi: Ramleela was such a beautiful movie
patelyash664: #RamLeela hands down one of the best movie of the year.
patel_bhavi: #RamLeela WAS AMAZING! Haven't seen this great of a Bollywood movie in a while!!!! And Ranveer
Nilzrav: Whatever you pay for the tickets of #RamLeela, guarantee that it will be worth the money. GO & WATCH just for your love of Cinema! #RamLeela
niksindia: #Ramleela Indian Romeo Juliet... Excellent Cinematography Art. Deepika is breathtakingly gorgeous.. And above all SLB
nikhilmhatre17: Ram-Leela awesome movie. Deepi and Ranveer rocks.
nightingalevoic: #RamLeela such a bang on chemistry of Ranveer and Deepika...luv u both...
nayan_shukla: #RamLeela Mind Blowing. . I could watch it again. .
namrataroy: Watched #RAM_LEELA. Totally spellbound ! One word - #beautiful ! In love with colors of #RAM_LEELA.
Nabajyo63024136: Jst watched Ramleela..an outstanding movie..congrats SLV , Ranveer n Dipika..good work guys..
my_kapil: Roking movie 'Goliyo ki rasleela (ramleela)' plz watch it
MPARMAR47: Aashiq ke hath marna mile to,jina kis kambhakht ko hai;Zinda jisko jannat mili,marne ke baad ki kisko padi hai...#RamLeela ..loved it..4/5
mangoesxo: Must must must go watch Ram-leela next week #thatistheplan
maahin: Really enjoyed Ram-Leela. A lot to process, but thought it was well done, and both Ranveer and Deepika do well.
lubna_amir: The story could've been better,but the acting and screenplay more than made up for it.And the color stays after the movie is over. #RamLeela
LoriSamantha_13: The most intense passionate movie I've ever seen. #ramleela @deepikapadukone @RanveerOfficial you guys are gods.
kunnugandhi: Watch #RamLeela for outstanding visuals. Spectacular !!!
kumud804: Ramleela movie a colourful treat to eyes and heart.
KoKoInspiresMe: My god @deepikapadukone @RanveerOfficial you guys are on fire what chemistry man what chemistry pheww #Ramleela #FAADUMOVIE #AWESOME #LOVE
kirankoona: #RamLeela Just Awesome. Epic by #sanjayleelabhansali ...
kevinstars71: Every1 must look RamLeela than Dhoom3. SLB always hav sense in his movies. Devdas awesome /Srk & Ais did brilliant. Deep&Ranveer ar lovely.
Kashfia_15: Amazing movie with some amazing people <3 #RamLeela
KapiilParwani: Ram leela :)8-)
Kanika_Dutta: ramleela #InLove
JigsThanki1987: chemistry of #DeepikaPadukone #RanveerSingh superb.. #RamLeela
jaypratapsing17: Saw @ramleela yestetday .......awesome movie .........great work....my favourite....#ramkileelahai #leelajaisakoinhi.#ramleelarocks.........
JankikiP94: OMG Ramleela was inspired by Romeo and Juliet! This movie is about to be so good
iamchiranjeevee: #Superb m0vi #Ramleela guys u must watch it..
iAkangsha: 140 characters are definitely not enough for me to tweet about #RamLeela. Three words:Im In Love
FarziGlam_Girl: RamLeela... Amazing movie.. Beautiful and grand.. Deepika was excellent and so was Ranvir. Sanjay Leela Bhansali....You Genius!!
DPHBB: Ram-Leela : the classy love story in the history of bollywood ?
Dipak63: Ramleela wil create grt dhamal
Dhoom3_SK: Today watched #RamLeela .A perfect weekend treat.Another triumph for Bhansali. Superb #Direction,#Acting,#Cinematography.
deepas_world: Just watched #RamLeela and I am speechless.
butterbitch: Goliyon Ki Raasleela Ram-Leela , it's a must to watch everyone . Whomever who'd watched it so far never did regret .
BookLuster: OK. RamLeela made me cry buckets. If Lootera was beautiful, RamLeela will bind you in a spell. The movie won't make a lot of money.
bhavinjadav: #RamLeela has been watched. Intense. All of Bhansali signatures, brilliant performances and not a full moment.
BharityaNaarii: Watched #RamLeela last night, must say not as bad as people had portrayed it. Pretty good in fact. And above all, DEEPIKA ❤️
BeryPhunny: I think I loved Supriya Pathak the most in Ram Leela. The "No Moar" dialogue being the best. :D Kudos to the dialogue-writer! :D
bebo_desii: Every scene was so good and lovely #RamLeela
Balveeen: Fatigue eyes Didn even blink for a sec in d whole movie !! A perfect blend of Passion love and emotions @deepikapadukone STUNNING #RamLeela
Arth_Hybrid: #RamLeela super Awesome..! ♥ @deepikapadukone I luv uh
AnubhootiS: #RamLeela is certainly a visual delight. Sanjay Leela Bhansali once again proves how good he is at playing with colors. 'Ye laal ishq.."
Amrit68740220: I have to say that the #ramleela is an awesome movie!! But it was really #sadstory!
AmandaXavier94: Watched first day,first show for the first time! #RamLeela #Awesomesaucestory #ModerntimeRomeoJuliet #fangirl #DeepikaPadukone
alkagoutam: #RamLeela A visual delight. Intense movie with beautiful looking Deepika. #Ranveer and #Deepika both have acted well. Worth a watch.
aleezpeez: Ram-Leela was perfection ❤️
aarushiig: Ram Leela was amazing!
1mamalama1: Have to say Bhansali's best film til date 4 me is still Devdas. See RamLeela 4 DP, Ranveer chemistry, some special moments, beautiful sets.
10Srp: Must watch Ramleela no matter what >__< #DeepikaPadukone
_DirectionerDuh: Ram-leela my new fav hindi movie. ♡
_anupb: Ram Leela. Brilliant talent - SLB,Deepika,Ranveer,supriya pathak.Breathtaking performances. Awesome. @deepikapadukone @RanveerOfficial
shivani_bhrt: Ramleela,beautiful picturization,crisp element incorporation yet a rugged storyline,entertainment buffs.. watch it at home.
Saverita23_XOXO: #Ramleela. Colourful. Beautiful Cast. Vivid Language. Pointless Story.
gbvisions: #RamLeela is undoubtedly a visual treat. SLB's artistic sense is par excellence. BUT I'm srsly confused on the story part :| Huge doubts!
avantika__Singh: #RamLeela So much of hard work but not up to the mark !Was that sad end even called for? #BrilliantSet #sanjayleelabhansali
TejaMaiHun: Itni goli to Vasco ke mama ki gun me bhi nahi hongi jitni #RamLeela me chalti hain. Bahut tamasha karaya hai Bhansali Sahab ne.
Swathirishi: Okkk... dhatad or whatever it is in #RamLeela is a bit difficult to sit through!
srkbabi: Ram Leela - worst of SLB genre ... though Deepika n Ranveer both were gr8 ...
seemstobereal: #RamLeela please avoid ...save yourself for a better movie..I have become colour blind ..save me from SLB's wonderful world of nonsense
rooopsing: Ramleela is the worst movie ever
rohitfan01: RAM-LEELA !!!! wasted 3 hrs on this stupid film....
pranujan: Am I the only one who didn't like #RamLeela :(
Nishant_Shocker: Horrible sir..horrible #RamLeela
Karthik_I_: Aaaah, head ache coz of ramleela. fuck :/
JosephineIndia: As expected,#RamLeela is a disappointment.I think Sanjay should focus more on essence of the movie than the grandoise set n beautiful actors
BudhadityaD: Please don't bother investing time and money on Ramleela, not worth it....
barkhaengineer: Disappointed #RamLeela
atyant007: Ramleela...My review..... Sanjay Leela Bhansali needs immediate psycho treatment, It has 5 star review at times of... https://www.facebook.com/bharat.daksha/posts/10202040640834125
ashwinsuresh: Am I the only person that couldn't sit through Ram Leela? What a ridiculous screenplay. And sets will always be sets. Terrible terrible film
ashwinnaik: #ramleela is so insultingly bad. I wonder if the director is purposely doing this to the audience. Terrible.
ArjunChopra_8: Ram-Leela is probably the most disappointing romantic drama Indian cinema came around with..#smh
amritaIQ: That was... weird. #RamLeela
ajaykudache: Omg how can any one can make a film like this Raamleela yukkkk
Want to Watch, by Erfahrung
Yay! Thumbs Up, by Anup : SLB is back
Yay! Thumbs Up, by Fan : Intense opulent grandiose love affair
Yay! Thumbs Up, by TimELiebe : I - Really Liked this Movie, and Didn't Expect To - Passionate, Action-Packed & Ultimately Tragic
Yay! Thumbs Up, by Vishal
So-So, by Mahaveer : Something that could have been 'great', killed badly, but worth a watch for the experience
So-So, by Suman
Nay! Thumbs Down, by ashok bansal : I am still trying to figure out if SLB did it on purpose; I tend to think 'yes', he cannot do this.
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