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Rang Rasiya

Release Date : 07 November 2014
Year : 2014
Banner : Maya Movies Pvt. Ltd , Infinity Filmed Entertainment
Producer : Deepa Sahi , Aanand Mahendroo
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Genre : Drama | Romance | Period
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Rang Rasiya SYNOPSIS

India – end of the 19th century. The famous artist Raja Ravi Varma is arrested and charged with obscenity, immorality and hurting religious sentiments of the people. His offence – painting nudes of Indian mythological characters. A court session begins… Woven with the case is the classic love story of the artist and his muse – Sugandha. Together they create the most amazing works of art. Her beauty inspires him to create exquisite paintings based on themes from Indian mythology and classic literature. She becomes his muse, his inspiration…his love. The film is a fascinating tale of Raja Ravi Varma’s passions, his obsessions and his fierce struggle for creative freedom.

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A Fantastic Tale Indeed

By Joginder Tuteja, MovieTalkies.com, 08 November 2014 3.5 / 5

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.

A Classical Music Lover's Delight

By Nishevitha Vijayanand, MovieTalkies.com, 15 October 2014 3 / 5

Ketan Mehta directed Rang Rasiya narrates the story of the 19th century painter Raja Ravi Varma and his muse Sugandha and stars Randeep Hooda and Nandana Sen in the lead. The film whose release has been delayed due to objections from the Censor Board is scheduled to finally arrive in theatres this November. Music for this film has been composed by Sandesh Shandilya and the lyrics have been written by Manoj Muntashir. With the film set in the 19th century, it is obvious that there will be a lot of classical influence in the soundtrack. But on the other hand the film has been languishing in the cans for quite some time and therefore there is also the risk of the songs sounding dated. Therefore it is with some trepidation that one begins to listen to this album.

The title song Rang Rasiya opens the soundtrack and is a delight. Sunidhi Chauhan keeps repeating the term Rang Rasiya in a loop for almost two straight minutes (No Kidding!) in a variety of inflections although credit should be given to the composer for playing with these two words and coming up with a tune around them and still make it likeable. Sunidhi is joined by Keerthi Sagathia who also shows his range in the high notes but he mostly serves as a support to the versatile lady who gets a chance to showcase her vocal prowess in the Classical genre and does so with perfection! Manoj Muntashir’s lyrics are a sheer delight and go well with the composition. A Remix version of the title track is also available in the album and that in itself is quite intriguing since one does not normally come across remixes of Classical music based tracks. But the composer springs a surprise by coming up with a wonderful remix which apart from having some electronic sounds (which is the need of any remix) also have some Indian sounds like Sarangi interspersed in it making the overall listening experience totally enjoyable, a rarity indeed for a Remix!

Kahe Sataaye is an intense and passionate song which is sure to leave a mark on one and all. The composition is rich in grandeur and powerful while Muntashir’s lyrics successfully manages to bring the powerful emotions of the protagonists to the fore. Sunidhi Chauhan gets yet another chance to display her proficiency in handling even the intricately layered classical notes and reiterating the fact that her talent is underutilized when it comes to the Indian Classical genre. Roop Kumar Rathod joins Sunidhi behind the mike and delivers as always but it is the Composer and the lyricist who turn out to be the real heroes with their notes and words leaving an indelible impression on the listener.

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Rang Rasiya TRIVIA

The film Rang Rasiya directed by Ketan Mehta and starring Nandana Sen and Randeep Hooda is based on a novel by Marathi author Ranjit Desai that captures the life of Raja Ravi Verma, one of the greatest Indian artistes of all times.


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