Cast: Jackky Bhagnani, Amitosh Nagpal, Vijay Varma, Priya Anand and Sunil Sinha
You better not take love for granted. Priyadarshan’s Rangrezz puts a twist on the classic tale of young romance and epic love. It replaces chocolates, flowers and hearts with the choicest expletives, swords and explosions. Replete with dry humour and dark drama, Rangrezz is like Romeo & Juliet gone rogue. All those quintessential couples cuddling on marine drive, exchanging pecks and harbouring dreams of defying their families to elope be warned. You have no idea of the beast called love.
Jackie Bhagnani plays Rishi, an average Mumbai lad, who’s about to be posted in the police. He has a gang of unruly friends Winu (Amitosh Nagpal) and Pakkya (Vijay Varma). Together they can be quite a force to reckon with. They’d beat up the police if they had to. When Rishi’s old friend Joy comes asking for help in love, Rishi and the gang decide to take matters into their rowdy hands. Their plan is to help the couple runaway. While the premise may seem as ordinary as a first date, this is just the tip of the proverbial iceberg. A harmless buddy film with good comedy just turns into a ten headed monster. The images move from naïve boys’ levity to graphic visuals like crushed limbs, burnt faces, gashed eyes and a whole lot of gore. Of course the film retains its humour thanks to the bumbling histrionics of Rajpal Yadav, but the dramatic twist packs a punch and how.
But that’s painting an incomplete picture. What should’ve been a first class film with a gut wrenching blow, turns into a hackneyed disaster. First of all. What on earth is that Indian abomination of Gangnam style doing at the back end of this film? Seriously! It robs Rangrezz of the small amount of credibility it earns through its runtime. Priyadarshan and Santosh Sivan working together after a decade is a coup alright. And the film’s cinematography and visual works are fantastic. Moments of high drama remind you why Priyadarshan can make soul-stirring movies like Kanjeevaram. But what in holy hell are those over-the-top song and dance sequences doing in this gritty film? Rangrezz has more personality issues than the entire cast of One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest.
Coming to its actors, with all due respect, Jackky Bhagnani gives it his best shot but a subject and story like Rangrezz needed more gravitas. The only person who matches up to the character’s requirement is Vijay Varma. Rest of the cast in Rangrezz has serious performance issues.
Source : http://www.filmfare.com/reviews/movie-review-rangrezz-2682.html