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Sanjay Leela Bhansali's career has been praised and panned; if his lyrical 'Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam' (HDDCS) and 'Devdas' won him applause, his monotone Sawaariya and the indulgent 'Guzaarish' made him the target of ridicule. The maverick director has, since being criticised for his artistic leanings, turned to commercial cinema and produced the hardcore masala flick 'Rowdy Rathore'. Now, he is back with his directorial venture 'Ram Leela' and the first look has taken everyone's breath away. The trailer has gotten nine million hits already and it's not hard to see why. The Ranveer Singh-Deepika Padukone starrer is unlike any other Sanjay Leela Bhansali film we have seen. We take a look at the brand new Bhansali and, purely on the basis of its trailers, reveal why 'Ram Leela' could easily be the surprise hit of the year.
The old Sanjay Leele Bhansali
Mention Sanjay Leela Bhansali and images of beautiful, soft-spoken women (Ash in HDDCS and 'Devdas'), grand sets ('Devdas'), lyrical sequences ('Black'), a single colour tone (gray for 'Black', blue for 'Saawariya') & theatrical performances ('Guzaarish') come to mind. 'Ram Leela', however, seems to be breaking all of the aforementioned Bhansali-isms.
Intimacy Between The Lead Pair
Sanjay's films are often intensely romantic but he has so far refrained from showing his lead pair in intimate scenes. However, 'Ram Leela's' posters show Ranveer and Deepika in a passion play. The chemistry between the two alleged off-screen lovers is sizzling and Sanjay has cashed in on it in the movie. Reports allege the two have done steamy scenes and a few lip locks as well – again a first for an SLB film.
Even before the film's release Ram Leela has been in legal trouble with cases filed against it for allegedly hurting religious sentiments. Often when such cases make news, sceptics point out that they may be mere publicity stunts. Sanjay, as well as his lead actors, have been quite mum on the controversies thus far. So are the cases false or genuine?
The Ranveer-Deepika Link-up
Aishwarya Rai and Salman Khan allegedly fell in love during the shoot of HDDCS. But in the case of 'Ram Leela', even before a single shot was filmed, the media was abuzz with stories of Ranveer and Deepy getting close. In fact, it was alleged that Sanjay had encouraged his actors to get to know one another well to build up chemistry for the love story. Pictures of late night coffee dates and movie outings between Ranveer and Deepika were all over the media throughout the shoot. If it was all part of a publicity stunt then it certainly worked wonders for the two stars seem to be pretty fond of each other.
Colours & Energy
Bhansali's films usually resemble paintings on celluloid. Of course, he got severely panned for Saawariya as each frame was doused in blue! Similarly, his films have sometimes been criticised for their slow pace. But 'Ram Leela's' promos are all about energy. The frames are a riot of colours and dance and you literally feel carried away by the vibe it emits. What a change for Bhansali!
An item song
From 'Khamoshi' to 'Guzaarish', Bhansali is known for his music and dances. Some of his numbers ('Nimbooda', 'Dola Re'...) are modern-day classics. However, he has never succumbed to the item song craze. 'Ram Leela' breaks this rule amidst a tornado of publicity. There was a strong buzz that Ash would be signed for it. Finally, PC turned out to be the lucky one. The result – a hot number with PC in a white lungi-like wrap. Talk about appealing to the masses! 'Ram Leela' definitely looks like it will be a super hit.