(Recommended by SI readers Guruprasad, StrYngLad74 & Viswajithkn)
Mon dieu, never have our old, tired eyes fallen on such pitiful acting.
Urmila Matondkar and her sadistic accomplice in crime Jackie Shroff have butchered the 1995 Bollywood movie Rangeela with one of the clumsiest performances we’ve ever beheld on the big screen.
The nightmarish quality of the duo’s acting is a sordid spectacle evident in frame after frame.
Since Urmila Matondkar’s Bollywood dreams form the leitmotif of this Ram Gopal Varma film, she unfortunately figures in much of this movie. Much to our immense discomfiture.
When the woman is not irritating with her pathetic acting, she is offending with her sluttish motions as she spreads her legs wide and goes through weird contortions that are supposed to be dancing!
Whether it’s her initial failed screen test, her solo dance on the beach when Jackie Shroff first discovers her, the Tanha Tanha song-dance in the movie-within-the movie, in all of these and more Urmila Matondkar completely fails to deliver the acting goods.
In a cheap trick that’s fairly common in the Bollywood cesspool, Rangeela director Ram Gopal Varma has Urmila don some of the skimpiest costumes in hopes that the audience will drool over her long legs, upper thighs et al and overlook her utter lack of acting or dancing capabilities.
In the Hai Ram Yeh Kya Hua song, when Urmila tears Jackie Shroff’s black shirt and slides down his body we thought she was going to give him a blowjob on screen. Really.
Rangeela is the story of a young girl Milli (Urmila) obsessed with becoming a movie star and the two men obsessed with her – the orphan Munna (Aamir Khan) and her co-star Kamal (Jackie Shroff) in the movie-within-the-movie.
Given her total lack of acting skills, not once does Milli’s obsession to become a big Bollywood star come to life.
As for the woman’s dancing, it’s a perversion of the art form at best.
Mercifully, this horrid woman never made it to the top of the Bollywood heap.
Thank heavens for some crumbs of justice in an unjust world!
Rahman & Aamir, Our Saviours
What salvages Rangeela from the dustheap of Bollywood are two things – A.R.Rahman’s nonpareil music and Aamir Khan’s decent performance.
Virtually every song in this movie is a euphonic feast for the ears.
No surprise then that songs from Rangeela took the nation by storm when the movie debuted 14 years back.
Long years after the movie’s release, Rangeela’s songs like Yaire…Rangeela Re, Tanha Tanha, Kya Kare, Hai Ram still cast a spell over you although the picturization of all of them were far from spellbinding.
With a solid performance, Aamir Khan proves that he’s the most talented among the gaggle of Khans littering the Bollywood landscape.
As he senses the woman of his heart drifting away from him into a starry, glitzy world, Aamir Khan does his best in bringing the character of Munna to life within the straitjacket of a mediocre script.
Rangeela provides more evidence (as if any more were really needed) that Ram Gopal Varma is the devil’s apprentice and that his Satya was a mere fluke.
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