Rang Rasiya

Release Date: 7th November 2014

Starring: Randeep Hooda, Nandana Sen, Paresh Rawal, Jim Boevan, Gaurav Dwivedi

Directed By: Ketan Mehta

Music: Sandesh Shandilya

Duration: 2 hours 15 minutes

To be able to understand the highest virtues of creativity one needs to be free from the fear of rejection. The expression of art is so divine in its pristine form that it becomes absolutely impossible for humans to understand. Freedom is the soul of art, which is why in a country like India where people are still trying to be free, art loses its divine value. Fortunately, some people are blessed enough to be able to fathom creativity and thus films like Rang Rasiya come into existence. Writer-director Ketan Mehta’s Rang Rasiya is a cinematic celebration of life, passion, love, body and sensuality. It is a tale of art trying to find individuality while standing against the social norms.

Plot: Rang Rasiya is a biopic based on writer Ranjit Desai’s biographical novel Raja Ravi Varma. Raja Ravi Varma was the infamous 19th century painter, scandalized for bringing Hindu mythology out of the temples by giving a face to the Gods by the means of his paintings. Rang Rasiya narrates the story of this visionary who gave the Indian Art an absolutely empyrean form.

Performances: It makes me so proud to see that there are certain actors who understand the meaning of acting in the most appropriate way. Randeep Hooda is one of such actors who have totally rendered us speechless with their phenomenal skills and profound calibre. For a fact, no other actor could have been able to carry off the role of Raja Ravi Varma with such ease and perfection. The film industry should be proud of actors like him!

Nandana Sen looks nothing less than a Goddess in the film. With an absolutely surreal demeanour, she sheds all her coyness to become the perfect muse for an artist’s expression. The kind of courage and intellectuality she has shown by accepting such a film commands respect and appreciation for her.

The supporting actors have done a good job in bringing out the best in the film.

Music: The music of Rang Rasiya has been composed wisely in accordance to the theme of the film. The songs mange to evoke the exact kind of emotions needed to understand the story. The songs have a classical influence that adds soul to the film.

What’s Good: The film holds a very divine touch that enthrals your soul. The performances are so close to reality that the whole movie seems like another pious world. The story of Raja Ravi Verma is a heart rendering tale that helps you understand life with a broader perspective. The music is soulful and expressive.

What’s Bad: The only stumbling block about Rang Rasiya is its slower first half but soon you realize that it is all for building a heart breaking climax.

To be able to execute a brave thought with such perfection and ease is only the capabilities of a man who has the maturity to comprehend and accept art divinely. The mere thought of bringing forward such a tale needs to be honoured. It is high time we open up to the societal norms and look at life with a much broader perspective. Rang Rasiya helps you understand your inner self and moves you towards the liberation of thoughts. It is not every day that films like these are accepted graciously by the society. Rang Rasiya is a period film and needs to be celebrated with respect.

Verdict: Watch Rang Rasiya only if you have the maturity and openness to understand art in its pristine form.

Rating: ****