“An exuberant musical love story” is exactly how “Rangeela” the 1995 Hindi movie directed by a maverick called Ram Gopal Varma can best be described as. With an outstanding performance by lead actor Aamir Khan a.k.a. Mr. Perfectionist and, backed by brilliant music and background score by A.R. Rahman. This movie not only became a roaring box office success but, has also gone on to become a cult classic over the years. In order to analyse minutely the reasons for its success we will need to clinically dissect it. The clinical dissection is as follows
“To say or not to say” (a rephrased version of the famous William Shakespeare soliloquy from the play Hamlet) is the basic concept of this movie. It is therefore essentially based on the fact that love is an emotion that can only develop if expressed at the right moment.
- Plot of the movie:
The plot of this movie is essentially simplistic and revolves around a lovable roadside “Romeo” Munna (Aamir Khan) and, his love for a middle class girl next door Milli (Urmila Matondkar). Adding twist to this tale is a movie star Kamal (Jackie Shroff) who also happens to fall in love with Milli. The rest of the movie deals with whether Munna expresses his love for Milli or does Milli get charmed by the charismatic Kamal. The story which is essentially simplistic has been well written by the director Ram Gopal Varma himself. The best feature about the story being the way in which the functioning and some of the idiosyncrasies of the Hindi movie industry have been highlighted. Full credit for that must go to Ram Gopal Varma, the writer.
- Screenplay of the movie:
The essence of the screenplay lies in its simplicity. Although, what makes this screenplay unique is the fact that even though the plot is wafer thin it still manages to engage and entertain at the same time. The fact that most of songs have been well placed and do not appear to hinder the storytelling is also what makes this screenplay extremely good. And all credit for that must once again be given to Ram Gopal Varma who has written the screenplay for this film.
- Moral of the movie:
Apart from this movie being highly engaging and entertaining there are also a number of lessons that can be learnt from this movie. They are as follows
- Love is an emotion that must be expressed by an individual no matter what the outcome.
- The film world i.e. Hindi film industry is essentially synthetic and hence filled with synthetic people.