132 Min | Biography – Drama – History | November 2014
IMDB Rating: 6.4
Director: Ketan Mehta
Starring: Randeep Hooda, Nandana Sen, Paresh Rawal
Rang Rasiya Review: Rang Rasiya – first of all, Hats off, to the team for persisting with the final print. It takes courage for the cast, especially Nandana Sen, to deliver content as bold as this. The frontal nudity was handled perfectly and given just the right amount of attention it deserves. Nothing more. Nothing less. Just like Sunny Leone coming to Bollywood, Rang Rasiya is a very very bold movie. Coming back to the movie, too much content to be covered in too short a time. Would have been great if the movie focused on Raja Ravi Verma and his protagonist as the story felt too boring at times.
Ketan Mehta, the man behind films like ‘Sardar’, ‘Mangal Pandey: The Rising’, ‘Mirch Masala’ and so on, has made another biopic. After having a good time at The Times BFI London Film Festival, finally we get to see Rang Rasiya. Let’s analyze how good is it? In Rang Rasiya, Raja Ravi Varma is an artist for whom painting is worship. When he marries the princess of Kerala, he decides to paint his wife as an inspiration. But when she demeans the art form and shoos him away, he decides to look for beauty beyond and finds it in Kamini, one of the servants in the palace. While she inspires him to paint one of the masterpieces that is responsible for him to win the title ‘Raja’ from the King of Travancore, the death of this old king leaves Ravi Varma shattered and he decides to shift base to Mumbai where he attempts to rediscover the love for art. So when he meets the gorgeous Suganda in a temple, she becomes his inspiration for his future works.
The story-screenplay has the artistic aesthetics to it. The final print too looks arty but mostly targets the snooty- class of audience. Music is quite melodious in Rang Rasiya, but forgettable. The BGM is noteworthy though. Cinematography is mesmerising. Each frame looks alive and artistic. Direction is quite good too, but the ending is quite abrupt. Editing is quite apt. Stunts are well-coordinated. But the best parts aspects of the film are the costumes, art work and the paintings. All of these look authentic. Of the cast, Randeep Hooda steals the show. His chemistry with Nandana Sen is sensuous. Rest of the cast act with sincerity. ‘Rang Rasiya’, is a perfect example of a classy biopic on an artist, forgotten by the History. But the problem is it does not appeal to everyone’s taste, unlike ‘Jodhaa Akbar’, directed by Ashutosh Gowariker. Go to your nearest theatre to witness this artistic movie.