After a decade Sanjay Leela Bhansali returns with the same color palette and story telling which was reminiscent of his style after Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam and Devdas. Ram Leela is not only one of the finest cinemas to grace this year but also one of the most accomplished work of Sanjay Leela Bhansali.
Based on William Shakespeare's Romeo + Juliet the story and the ending is something which every viewer is aware off. Moreover with hordes of movies that were made based on the bard's most loved and famous work, it is a huge task to bring something fresh with the same story, which I feel Sanjay has come out well.
Like in Romeo and Juliet, Ram (Ranveer Singh) and Leela (Deepika Padukone) belong to the two warring tribes based in a fictional region of Gujarat. The love between the two characters are based on passion and even though they know that their families wouldn't accept their relationship they still dare to dream of a life together.
The movie totally belongs to Ranveer Singh who has got his career's best performance to enact as Ram while Deepika does full justice to her character of Leela. The chemistry between both the actors is scintillating and cannot be missed by any eye. The songs composed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali is quite mesmeric translating into a fantasy land. The songs are picturized and choreographed giving full justice to the maestro's composition.
On the acting front apart from Ranveer and Deepika every character has done full justice to their characters. Supriya Pathak gives a wonderful performance as the matriarch of Saneda clan. She is evil personified and some of her scenes brings out goosebumps. If there is any category for best vamp it should go to her for this year. Richa Chaddha as Deepika's sister-in-law and Barkha Bist as Ranveer's sister-in-law gives some superb performances. Gulshan Devaiah as the menacing and conspiring villian's sidekick does a wonderful job. So does Abhimanyu Singh and Sharad Kelkar.
Cinematography by Ravi Varman is brilliant, every frame, every scene looks like a portrait which is actually a trademark of SLB. The editing could have been crisper as the duration of the movie is too long. Overall the movie is a classic in the making and will do wonderfully well at the box office too.
Final Verdict: *****