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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Review: The Great Gatsby

The Great Gatsby
Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio, Carey Mulligan, Joel Edgerton, Tobey Maguire, Isla Fisher, Elizabeth Debicki, Amitabh Bachchan

Directed by: Baz Luhrmann

After being delayed by five months, my most awaited film of last year finally comes out, in the shape of a Baz Luhrmann (Romeo + Juliet and Moulin Rouge!) adaptation of one of my favourite novels of all time, F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby. The trailer promised it to be a grand, glamorous and over the top three-dimensional film that the roaring twenties and the extravagant world of Jay Gatsby demands, leading to high expectations of a man known to be more style than substance. Luckily, so was Gatsby.

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