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Ram Leela: Who is the real hero? Ranveer, Deepika or the dialogues?

Divya Pal | http://divyapal2013

Updated: November 15, 2013, 5:21 PM IST
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Ram Leela: Who is the real hero? Ranveer, Deepika or the dialogues?
Ram Leela's dialogues not only up its emotional value, but also leave an indelible impact.

New Delhi: 'Tera size kya hai?' the gutsy and brash Leela shoots the question at Ram. While the viewers expect Leela to utter something shocking because sex gets talked about a lot in the film, they are understandably upset when she adds, "Shirt ka large, pant ka extra large. Aakhri joda silwana hai na tera." Agreed, the film is making headlines for its script, musical score, vintage palaces, great performances of the lead actors and flattering ensembles, but its bawdy humor, and dialogues that are laced with sexual innuendos are hard to miss, courtesy lyricists Garima Wahal and Siddharth.

While the majority of the fans believe Deepika-Ranveer's off-screen rapport, a blend of humor and passion, has played an instrumental role in helping them share a crackling chemistry in the film, we'd like to emphasize on what Deepika had said in one of her recent interviews. "I have had great chemistry with three other people as well. I have had it with Ranbir (Kapoor), Saif (Ali Khan) and Shah Rukh (Khan). I think that's really a classic example of 'chemistry lies in the script'. It lies in the dialogues, it lies in the way the characters are written," the actress was quoted as saying.

Doesn't this explain the fact that only those Bollywood films leave an impact and resonate with the viewers which have interesting dialogues? Yes! The movie's script becomes a key determinant for its success, but the way it has been filmed and the dialogues that are given to the cast too captures and sustains viewers' interest. And no film released this year other than 'Ram-Leela' can validate this.

The only Bollywood film which wowed movie buffs with its screenplay in the last few years is 'Omkara'. Filmmaker Vishal Bhardwaj, who had written the dialogues himself, managed to use words that were lyrical, offensive and striking. Dialogue was a necessity in the film, and therefore it couldn't be done without. Aamir Khan's 'Delhi Belly' may have won plaudits for its script, but the film was issued a legal notice by the Lucknow bench of Allahabad High Court for its abusive dialogues. Nonetheless, its unusual lines too found several takers.

Garima-Siddharth, who have penned the lyrics of 'Ram-Leela', have infused violence, clash and spontaneity in the film's dialogues too. Since the viewers believe in what the characters say, the story isn't hard to believe. Leela's instant reply "Uda dungi" to Ram's questions "Maine tujhe chod diya toh?" is realistic. The more distinctive the lead characters have become through dialogues, the more effective their portrayal has been in the film. Another dialogue "Bada batameez, besharam, khudgarz hota hai par pyaar toh aisa hi hota hai" doesn't sound mundane because it explains the basic promise of the film and help the viewers form a bond with the characters. While its amusing dialogues leave viewers in splits, the ones that are dramatic add to the film's impact. All in all, whether it is inflated to zingy lines, films are remembered when characters express the right sentiments through the right words at the right time. And this is what 'Ram Leela' achieves.

First Published: November 15, 2013, 5:21 PM IST
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