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Movie review: Bhansali's Ram-leela is his best ever, say critics

Parmita Uniyal, Hindustantimes.com  New Delhi, November 15, 2013
First Published: 12:00 IST(15/11/2013) | Last Updated: 18:50 IST(15/11/2013)

Sanjay Leela Bhansali does it again! If critics are to be believed this is Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam director's 'best work' so far. What works for the film? Moments that stay with you, Deepika-Ranveer's passionate chemistry and well, Bhansali's superb visual sense.

Here's what critics are saying about the film:

Mohar Basu, Koimoi
Rating: ****1/2

Critic's take: Ranveer Singh is perfect as Ram. Born into a violent family with warring opponents, he gives Ram a lingering charm. I have never been a fan of his acting but the gusto and the energy with which he plays every scene, every frame is so effervescent that he is nothing short of superlative.

Deepika Padukone matches Ranveer's brilliance with her own fiesty and enthusiastic performance. It is becoming a norm that every time you see Deepika on screen, you feel she has become better than her last stint.

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Rohit Khilnani, India Today
Rating: ****1/2

Critic's take: Bhansali keeps you glued to the screen, gets terrific performances out of most of the actors and keeps the plot together. The film has a lot of moments that stay with you, Ram and Leela's passionate attraction that draws them to each other is very well done and that's what makes the kissing scenes  just a part of the big picture.

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Nabanita, One India
Rating ***1/2

Critic's take: Ranveer-Deepika's visceral chemistry requires a special mention, that sets the screen ablaze. The movie works big time, and thanks to Mr Bhansali for creating a script surrounding an incredibly passionate and intense love story, making it one of most novel takes of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet in Bollywood so far.

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Raja Sen, Rediff
Rating: *

Critic's take: Goliyon Ki Rasleela Ram-Leela -- an acronym of which unfailingly reminds me of Greater Kailash Residential associations -- is a monstrously excessive film with a riot of colours, a girl who looks very pretty indeed and a daft hero, but despite that being the warning on the tin whenever you attempt (foolhardily) to buy into a Bhansali product, this can't be what you bargained for. GKRR is an over-plotted, bloody mess.

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Taran Adarsh, Bollywood Hungama
Rating: ****


Critic's take:
Set in Gujarat, Goliyon Ki Raasleela Ram-Leela is SLB's most 'commercial' film as a director. Also, his best work so far. Undoubtedly! It's the kind of film that you carry back with you. The hi-octane drama, the blazing guns, the passionate romance, the haunting melodies, the heart-melting emotions... SLB is an exceptional director with a remarkable vision and Goliyon Ki Raasleela Ram-Leela only bolsters the actuality.

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Meena Iyer, The Times Of India
Rating: *****

Critic's take: So bullets fly, blood flows and bahus become victims of evil design. In between this warfare, Deepika and Ranveer touch, feel, kiss and cuddle and ensure you can feel their stirring. Quite unabashedly, the filmmaker uses his lead pair's real and reel chemistry, fuses it with sexual tension and makes it compelling for you to partake in their love-hate relationship. For the most part, Ram-Leela, SLB's most commercial work till date, has nice doses of raunch and ras (juice).

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Mihir Fadnavis, First Post

Critic's take: Bhansali's earlier films have delivered two or three half-hearted attempts at a tragic romance, only to follow the poignant moments up with aimless, wandering plots, set gazing and cheesy acting. Ram Leela, on the other hand, has intensity, fire and energy in every single scene. It's also laden with a few surprisingly powerful plot contortions that you probably won't see coming.

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