Casts: Ranveer Singh, Deepika Padukone, Gulshan Devaiah
Banner: Sanjay Leela Bhansali Films, Eros International
Director: Sanjay Leela Bhansali
Producer: Sanjay Leela Bhansali, Kishore Lulla
Writers: Siddharth-Garima, Sanjay Leela Bhansali
Music: Sanjay Leela Bhansali
Release Date: 15th Nov 2013
Story line: This is a typical drama film based on Shakespeare’s classic drama ‘Romeo And Juliet’. It is a love story in violent times. Boy loves girl, girl too loves the boy. But the families of both the lovers hate each other badly. They have animosity for each other and want to finish the opposite family.
Know more about the captain of the Ship, the director: Bhansali began his career as an assistant to Vidhu Vinod Chopra and was involved in the making of Parinda, 1942: A Love Story and Kareeb. However, both had a fall out when Bhansali refused to direct Kareeb and made his directorial debut with Khamoshi: The Musical, the commercially unsuccessful but critically acclaimed narration of a daughter’s struggle to communicate with her deaf mute parents.His second film was a triangular love story, Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam, which established his individualistic stamp for visual splendour and creating auras of celebration and festivity. The film was a great success and won numerous awards.His next film Devdas Starring Shahrukh Khan and Aishwarya Rai and Madhuri Dixit was Bhansali’s ode to the well known novel of the same name. Upon its theatrical release in India, the film surfaced as the highest grossing movie.It also won major Bollywood awards and was Indian submission for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. The musical received a significant reception at Cannes, where it premiered. Then came Black, which Time Magazine (Europe) selected as fifth of the 10 Best Movies of the Year 2005 from across the globe. Black broke a record at the 2006 Filmfare Awards, winning eleven awards. After having four successes, Bhansali experienced his first major flop in Saawariya, which was met with sharp criticisms and simultaneously poor collections at the box office.
In 2010, Bhansali released Guzaarish starring Hrithik Roshan and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan. He also made his debut in music direction for this film.
In 2012, Bhansali produced Rowdy Rathore a remake of the Telugu film Vikramarkudu, starring Akshay Kumar and Sonakshi Sinha; and directed by Prabhu Deva.
His future project is titled Chenab Gandhi directed by Vibhu Puri and written by Bhavani Iyer, who also wrote for Black; starring Amitabh Bachchan, Rajeev Khandelwal and Rani Mukherjee. The film centers around Indian freedom fighter, Khan Abdul Ghaffar Khan, also known as Frontier Gandhi.
He has also remained a judge on music talent show X Factor season 1 and 2.
In 2013, Bhansali debuted in television with the show Saraswatichandra, which currently airs on Star Plus. This show started airing on the 25th February 2013, starring Gautam Rode and Jennifer Winget.
• Movie budget is Rs 35 Crore.
• Initially shot in Gujarat some sequences of Ram-Leela were shot in Udaipur particularly at Udaipur palace and Gangaur Ghat where a song sequence was made. The story of the film is set in Gujarat. In Udaipur, Singh shot a song sequence in freezing cold water for about 45 minutes. Padukone was injured on set, however had to continue shooting as an expensive set was put up at Film City for a song
• It was confirmed that Sanjay Leela Bhansali, Director of the movie had set up a gym on the sets in Filmcity Mumbai for the lead actor Ranveer Singh to not be late for the shooting and to avoid any delays could cause for the movie.
• Attempts by Kareena Kapoor to work with Bhansali had failed, after she was initially signed on for Ram-Leela. However, she was later ousted from the movie by Bhansali.Reportedly, Priyanka Chopra was cast as a replacement, however she was also replaced due to unknown reasons.Deepika Padukone was finally signed on for the film in August 2012
My Gut Feel and comments:
Story of Ramleela is conventionally based on Shakespeare’s classic drama ‘Romeo And Juliet’. This means scope of experiment with story line is not there and everything is left on how good is treatment, screenplay and overall presentation. Ishaqzade did managed to bring out this conventional story entertainingly however off late Issaq staring Prateek babbar failed to do so.
Both were based on ‘Romeo And Juliet’.
With Ramleela it looks like that Sanjay Leela Bhansali did manage to pull out a high drama decent entertainer. Canvas of this movie being a Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s film is colorful, vibrant and larger than life which is eye catching and indeed Ranveer Singh and Deepika Padukone are looking great on screen. I always maintain a stand that’s it’s difficult to maintain high tempo throughout the two and a half hour and as I go by my gut feel I am sure repetitive moments would come however overall this movie would be one time watch. I would give this movie 3 out of 5 stars, five days before the release.