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Rang Rasiya Rating: 3.06/5

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Ratings:2.5/5 Review By: Hungama Network Site:Bollywood Hungama

While the film moves at a fairly quick pace throughout, the climax seems to be a little stretched. Sometimes adapting an entire book in a span of approximately 120 minutes can prove to be an almost impossible task and RANG RASIYA too seems to be a victim of it.  On the whole, RANG RASIYA is for the artistic and creative people who believe in freedom of expression but it surely won’t woo the janta who are looking for entertainment and a getaway this weekend.

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Ratings:– Review By: Komal Nahta Site:Zee ETC Bollywood Business

Ketan Mehta’s direction, like the film’s script, caters to a very thin sec­tion of the audience which, in filmi parlance, is referred to as the gentry audience. The large base of mass audience would not find the drama and its narration interesting enough.On the whole, Rang Rasiya is too class-appealing to make any impact at the box-office. Flop.

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Ratings:4/5 Review By: Srijana Mitra Das Site:Times Of India (TOI)

Rang Rasiya is a colourful triumph, director Ketan Mehta meriting applause for his portrait of painter Raja Ravi Varma, skillfully blending a biopic, a period film, a love story and a social critique, within a tight frame. Rang Rasiya portrays Varma as India’s first cultural rock-star, adored, attacked, commercial, inspired, excited and challenged by a new consciousness he sees – and shapes. Vitally, Rang Rasiya emphasizes Raja Ravi Varma’s commitment to the freedom of ideas which creates philosophy, science and liberated love, ephemeral, yet lasting – like the pages of his calendars.

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Ratings:2/5 Review By: Shubhra Gupta Site:Indian Express

But the trouble is that ‘Rang Rasiya’ feels like a choppy costume drama marred by false notes and static ‘acting’ : the fluidity and the authentic sense of time and place needed for a film like this, qualities so beautifully woven through Mehta’s classics ‘Bhavni Bhavai’ and ‘Mirch Masala’, are missing. Both Hooda and Sen are presented as gleaming bodies on ample display we are meant to fall in lust with, and both are eminently drool-worthy. But in all this, the characters go missing. Varma deserves a deeper, more layered film.

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Ratings:3.5/5 Review By: Saibal Chaterjee Site:NDTV

Rang Rasiya is by no means a perfect film, but for the manner in which it tackles an extensive range of important themes related to the place of art in a tradition-bound society, it is an impressive achievement. This film has been in the cans for several years, but given the timelessness of the story it tells and the crucial issues it addresses, it has lost none of its relevance. Rang Rasiya is as good a film as any you have, or will, see this year. Strongly recommended.

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Ratings:2/5 Review By: Rahul Desai Site:Mumbai Mirror

However, as I watched Raja fund young Dadasaheb Phalke’s moving-picture dreams, the meta-ness is hard to ignore: I was watching an ordinary cinematic representation of an artist indirectly responsible for us watching films at all. What if he hadn’t been generous to the future Father of Indian cinema? Would we be in a position to gauge the uniformity of his legacy? Perhaps not.

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Ratings:3/5 Review By: Koel Purie Site:India Today

Ketan, I am glad you are out of your circumstantial hibernation because you still tell a story more beautifully than most, but, this is not one of your best. I give it 3 stars mainly for the message.

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Ratings:3.5/5 Review By: Rohit Vats Site:Hindustan Times

Ketan Mehta has done a commendable job as Rang Rasiya is far ahead of its contemporaries, which are still dealing with insane item numbers and illogical heists.Rang Rasiya is much more than just a period film. It’s a statement on behalf of people who reject intolerance and are continuously striving for a new India which will give space to free voice. It’s a piece of art.

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Ratings:4/5 Review By: Mohar Basu Site:Koimoi

Ketan Mehta doesn’t shirk from taking the pique stand in telling a well blended tale about love, passion, virtue, chastity and he brooding demand to adhere to social norms, bringing into relevance of Raja Ravi Varma’s story which is more than a century old. Mehta’s line of thought was simple, while gadgets and technology is progressing, our minds are still not free from the shackles of primitive thinking. This is one Ketan’s most effortless, most nuanced and most impactful works and definitely one of recent times’ most powerful and moving films, I had the good fortune of watching.

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  1. If you want to catch the triumph and tribulation amidst the colours, Rang Rasiya is a must watch.

    Read full review at justbollywood.in

  2. my review of ‪#‎RANGRASIYA‬
    One of most hurried, confusing and uneventful biopic! [2/5]

    The fact that even today more than a billion people worship Indian Gods in pictures painted originally by the ace painter Raja Ravi Varma in 19th century, India; alone is a promising motivation to go for Ketan Mehta’s RANG RASIYA. There is also an interesting episode not known to many that Raja Ravi Varma once enthusiastically donated funds to Dada Saheb Phalke as token of encouragement to go ahead with his spirit of making moving pictures. Still, RANG RASIYA turns out to be one of most hurried, confusing and uneventful biopic made in Bollywood.

    Based on Ranjit Desai’s novel on the most fascinating Indian artist, RANG RASIYA is a film that tries to be bold but only in projection and not in intention. The disclaimer itself at the very start declares that the film is not based on true events and any resemblance to anyone dead or alive is purely coincidental. And you are making a biopic! What sort? Only God knows. Film hurriedly moves from one to another event in the life of Varma like Mr. Mehta is only interested in playing ‘touch & go’ but things behave differently whenever there is a sequence of painter’s physical participation with his muse. Mehta suddenly is reminded to bring depth, serenity and artistic satisfaction to explore as much as he could.

    Film’s another failure is the baffling screenplay where the judge at the court is named Richards but speaks Hindustani full of Urdu words. This is never a justice to the art but the artist as the actor here is the veteran theatre artist Tom Alter. Aren't we done with him? Offering him roles respective of his skin color and tonal quality! Same goes with the most of the casting; starting from foreigners talking in infuriating Hindi pronunciations to the lead actress [played by Nandna Sen] trying to impress you with her best of emotions but a Bengali touch in the intonation kills most of it. and if you look at the lines they are given to articulate, you would notice that very conveniently one uses English words or popular Urdu words in the middle of all the ‘Sanskrit driven’ Hindi sentences.
    The biggest relief is Randeep Hooda, cast as Raja Ravi Varma. He’s the blessing in disguise for film. He’s the only one looking more interested and attached to the film than the director. Nandna Sen plays the part well, mostly when there is not much to emote. In rest, there are a dozen of small roles done by known faces but most are typical with no signs of any surprise element. Music is strictly average, so are the dialogues. Camerawork is efficient but the unevenness in the settings is too visible to trust the time zone.

    Overall, it is a story that needed to be told but in a more in-depth impression and a lot more authenticity in the execution. The story of a defiant artist who dared to gift Indian Gods a face and a line of art accessible to common people breaking all the barriers planted by religious extremists, is anyways pertinent even in today’s much liberated times. Hadn’t Mr. Mehta taken the liberty to focus on intimate moments between the painter and the muse and to at least the intense confrontation between him and the social establishments, film would have been a worthy tribute. Watch it on Home-video! It will bring back glimpses & hints of episodes from some good old Doordarshan Serials, at the max! [2/5]

  3. ‘Rang Rasiya’ is able to show its true colours on the marquee and beyond any iota of doubt it’s a fascinating, appealing, compelling, inspirational, effective, bold and of course beautiful move beyond the brush and b-town mush.‘Rang Rasiya’ is a well crafted beguiling and fascinating chapter of Indian art history coming to life on the silver screen. But, let me warn you that in case you are looking for that typical bollywood kind of masala entertainment than it is not your cup of tea.For my detailed review, please visit…….http://rohitmoviereview.blogspot.in/

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