A Fantastic Tale Indeed
By Joginder Tuteja, MovieTalkies.com, 08 November 2014
Now what really resulted in the film being stuck in the cans for a good six years? A film that is so real and so relevant even in today's times, Rang Rasiya makes one truly appreciate the tale that filmmaker Ketan Mehta has chosen to tell. He picks a story that is more than 100 years old and still comes across as the kind that makes all the more sense in today's time. In fact, it won't be wrong to say that the kind of radical statement that this real life tale made back then would have been perhaps all the more difficult to be digested had it been made in today's times.
Well, fact but unfortunately a truth!
Imagine a painter coming and drawing on his own free will by picking his muse who is not just painted as a Goddess but also as an artistic piece that requires her to go nude? When creative license continues to be challenged, if not entirely curbed even on this side of the Millennium, it is indeed amazing to see how renowned painter Raja Ravi Verma fought a lone battle with religious outfits as well as law and still emerged victorious. This is what makes Rang Rasiya special as it tells an amazing story of a man who was indeed a 'rang rasiya'. He was flawed, yet humane. He was materialistic, yet an artist. He was a lover, yet knew how to be detached. He was arrogant, yet free spirited.
It is these very traits that Randeep Hooda brings perfectly right in this characterisation that is easily one of the most complicated not just for him but many other actors in the industry. In this period tale, he could have been a little lost or turned overtly ambitious while bringing his brooding self on screen. However, he is perfectly balanced in each of the aspects of the part that he enacts on screen. While playing the part of a man who had his share of flings with his muses and then went on to regret the personal losses he encountered during his old age, Randeep is entirely reliable as well as convincing. Truly, an award winning act.
He is perfectly complimented by Nandana Sen who looks ultra glamorous as a woman who would have been truly enticing more than a century ago. As someone who turned out to be an inspiration for Raja Ravi Varma to spread his art across the country and beyond, she truly lives the part, hence making one wonder what made her accept a part like she played in Tango Charlie during the same time period when she did Rang Rasiya.