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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Bollywood Review: Fukrey

532135_235465303263311_1906000126_nStarring: Pulkit Samrat, Varun Sharma, Ali Fazal, Manjot Singh, Richa Chaddha, Priya Anand, Pankaj Tripathi, Vishaka Singh

Directed by: Mrigdeep Singh Lamba

Farhan Akhtar and Ritesh Sidhwani’s Excel Entertainment is one the production houses in Bollywood from which you can expect good films, but they’re also usually associated with big budgeted affairs, with foreign locations and big names. Fukrey is a bit of a departure from that, it’s a much smaller film, set in Delhi, with the cast consisting of relatively new names. The change of pace hasn’t effected the quality of their productions though, Fukrey is a well made and fun film.

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