Bollywood Review: Ram-Leela

336747,xcitefun-ram-leela-posterStarring: Ranveer Singh, Deepika Padukone, Supriya Pathak, Richa Chaddha, Gulshan Devaiah, Abhimanyu Singh, Sharad Kelkar, Sveta Salve, Raza Murad

Directed by: Sanjay Leela Bhansali

The basic premise of William Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet, two lovers from enemy families, has been used numerous times in Bollywood, whether filmmakers acknowledge the play or not. Even in the past couple of years we’ve had Issaq and Ishaqzaade, both essentially versions of Romeo & Juliet set in modern India, which is what Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s latest is as well, but while those two went for more gritty realist approach, SLB sticks to what he does best: grand, colourful, full-on musicals.

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Music Review: Ram-Leela

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Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s next, a modern day romance set in Gujarat based on William Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet, Ram-Leela, is releasing next month, and the soundtrack for the film was released this week. For a second time, Bhansali has composed the songs for his own film (or third, if you consider the one song he did  for Saawariya), and the lyrics are by Siddharth-Garima. The album has 10 songs, thankfully no remixes, and no versions of songs either, though that’s not something Bhansali usually has in his films anyway.

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Bollywood Review: Lootera

Lootera-PosterStarring: Sonakshi Sinha, Ranveer Singh, Vikrant Massey, Barun Chanda, Divya Dutta, Arif Zakaria, Adil Hussain

Directed by: Vikramaditya Motwane

The automatic comparison to make to Vikramaditya Motwane’s second film Lootera seems to be his first, the brilliant coming of age drama Udaan, but I’m not sure I agree that it’s fair. Apart from his obvious skill and talent for visual storytelling, the films aren’t similar enough to warrant the comparison. Lootera is as moving and beautifully made as Udaan was, but it’s part of a different genre, set in a different time, and made on a bigger scale.

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