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Rangrezz Movie Review - Go for it!

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Rating:
3.0/5
Way back, Tina Turner sang "What's love got to do with it?" Now in Rangrezz, the question is spun into a spunky dizzying drama of brutal love and betrayal. When love comes to shove, all hell breaks loose.

It's been a while since Priyadarshan made us sit up and watch in rapt attention. Visually and in terms of the content, Rangrezz is his best work in years. Full marks to the action director for cutting to the chase without negotiating a single faltering step in the way the drama unfolds.

Indeed, the real hero of this surprisingly watchable film on the violent end of that much-abused emotion called love, is cinematographer Santosh Sivan. Santosh's unerring eye for a detailed lush and vivid emotional and physical landscape makes this Priyadarshan's most visually rich film since Gardish in 1993.

Even in the smallest scene in a small-town dhaba, the spiced-up fumes emanating from the kitchen hit your nostrils. This is an elemental film, not the least apologetic about serving up a spicy dish. The Bihar-Uttar Pradesh dialectic dialogues come across self-consciously the way they are mouthed by the two actors - Pankaj Tripathi and Lushin Dubey, playing warring politican-parents of lovers-on-the-run. Ms Dubey is specially hammy. But then this is no place for the soft-spoken.

Performances
While Amitosh Nagpal, Vijay Verma and the redoubtable Rajpal Yadav as the protagonist's buddies in arms are first-rate, Jackky Bhagnani as the boy next door, who doesn't think twice before plunging viciously into a friend's love problem, gives a quietly self-assured performance. His character Rishi hardly sings and dances. But you know he can. You can sense the rhythm simmering under the surface of discontent.

Verdict
Go for it. The rebellious boys' club of Rangrezz is every bit as meritorious as its counterpart in Kai Po Che.

Cast: Jackky Bhagnani, Amitosh Nagpal, Vijay Verma, Priya Anand
Director:
Priyadarshan

IANS

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Rangrezz - Movie Review

Rangrezz is a film with very strong sensory perceptions. The landscape is ruthless, rugged and riveting. The emotions are primeval. Caveman tactics, with characters caught out of their cushy hideouts kicking dragging and screaming, are the prevalent mode of vindication.

Rangrezz - Movie Review

It's a tough world. And obviously a very tough film to make. Full marks to the film's makers and the able cast of male actors who lend a compelling authenticity to the edge-of-the-seat goings on.

Rangrezz - Movie Review

Though Rangrezz is partly a coarse bromance and partly a mocking romance, its brutal landscape scoffs at softer emotions. The tyranny of the troubled territory is testimony to a history of family violence.

Rangrezz - Movie Review

The three guys, who form the core of the compelling content seem to convey more sincerity in their feelings for one another than the two man-woman relationships in the plot.

Rangrezz - Movie Review

Jackky, giving a subdued silently effective performance, roughs up the girl next door (Priya Anand, Sridevi's pert niece in English Vinglish) and shies away from any physical contact. The peppery racy proceedings could have been damned funny were it not so sad. The plot packs in plenty of punch. Priyadarshan wastes no time in building up a tempo in the spiralling storytelling.

Rangrezz - Movie Review

The characters evolve effortlessly from the core of plot. These are people who plunge into a crisis before thinking of the repercussions.

Rangrezz - Movie Review

The rage and passion of betrayal are astutely captured in the narration. Priyadarshan takes the original Tamil film Naadodigal and twists it into a coiled engrossing saga of how lust can often be a convenient pretext for love.

Rangrezz - Movie Review

The film poses some disturbing questions on the lack of genuine commitment in today's relationships. What if love is just hormones and chemical at work? In an urgent rush of energy and adrenaline, Rangrezz poses this question.

Rangrezz - Movie Review

Priyadarshan spins a mean story told with a flair for violent flare-ups that are shot with gumption and gusto. It's a film with a number of advantages, the performances topping the list.

Rangrezz - Movie Review

This has to be the most gripping elopement drama in the history of Indian cinema with a very strong message on that overrated emotion called love. Cupid's arrow has never struck a more deadly blow.

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