Romeo and Juliet seem to be the latest punching bag of filmmakers. Just recently we had ISHAQZAADE followed quickly by ISAAQ. LOOTERA too was on the same lines. However, that film had no warring families. Now comes Sanjay Leela Bhansali's GOLIYON KI RAASLEELA RAM LEELA.
As the name suggests, there are enough bullets, as well as Ram and Leela. And as luck would have it, both, Ram and Leela come from warring sections. Both fall in love, just like that. Ram, is shown to be a Casanova, who prefers love to the gun, while Leela, in one swift motion, is felled by Ram's charm. She kisses a total stranger on the lips in the very first meeting. Either she was high on bhaang or he was. But there was no bhaang being served! And therein lies the tragedy of this love story. CHECK OUT: Deepika Padukone and Katrina Kaif caught in the same dress - Who looks better?
Both then elope after an unfortunate incident in which both their brothers are killed. This is followed by Ram's friends who come in search of him, and on his honeymoon night take him out for a drink. In the meanwhile, Leela's folks come and drag her home while Ram is lying drunk on the banks of a river.
Leela tries to SMS Ram as well as call him, But Ram never responds. And this is the funniest part. Apparently, Ram's friends played dirty with his mobile. And Ram never once is shown to read his messages or pick up his phone. Why Mr Bhansali? Did Ram buy a mobile phone and forget to update his contacts?
From there, it is a downward slide.
To be fair to Sanjay Lela Bhansali, the creation is a visual delight. The sets are grand; the set pieces, be it in the desert or during songs, well thought out. The lighting too lifts up the mood in certain scenes. But too much of thought has gone into the visual paraphernalia while the basic content goes for a spin, as soon as Ram and Leela elope.
Ranveer Singh and Deepika Padukone as the lead pair are sizzling hot. Both give it their all in the role. Alas, all this is of no avail. Had Bhansali given careful thought in plotting their meeting and eventual falling in love, this would have been a different love story. He was in a hurry to get them locking lips and having their hands over each other in a jiffy.
Apart from the lead pair, Supriya Pathak, Gulshan Devaiah and Richa Chadda stand out in their respective roles. CHECK OUT: Would RAM-LEELA's changed title affect box-office?
The least Bhansali could do was tweak the ending instead of cloning it to Ishaqzaade.
This GOLIYON KI RAASLEELA RAM-LEELA could be for those who want to see cinema in its art form, without much giving thought to content.