Goliyon Ki Raasleela Ram-Leela (transl. A Dance of Bullets: Ram-Leela) is a 2013 Indian Hindi-language tragic romance film written and directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali, who also composed its original soundtrack. The film was jointly produced by Bhansali and Eros International’s Kishore Lulla; it stars Deepika Padukone and Ranveer Singh. The supporting cast includes Supriya Pathak, Richa Chadda, Sharad Kelkar, Gulshan Devaiah, Barkha Bisht Sengupta, and Abhimanyu Singh. Priyanka Chopra made a cameo appearance in the song Ram Chahe Leela.
Bhansali conceived Ram-Leela while working on his directional debut Khamoshi: The Musical; an insufficient budget led to the project being postponed. After reviving the project in 2012, Singh and Padukone were cast in the lead roles over many other choices. Principal photography began in Gujarat before moving to Rajasthan. Much of the filming was done on sets, despite previous plans against doing so. The background score was composed by Monty Sharma, while the lyrics were written by Siddharth–Garima.
The film’s release, scheduled on 15 November 2013, was stayed by Delhi High Court. The film initially titled Ram-Leela was changed to Goliyon Ki Raasleela Ram-Leela in response to an order by the court, allowing it to release on the scheduled date. It received positive reviews, with praise directed to the performances of the cast members, particularly Singh and Padukone. Criticism was focused on its plot and elements of violence. Ram-Leela earned ₹220 crore in its theatrical run and emerged as the fifth highest-grossing Indian film of 2013 as well as one of the highest-grossing Indian films.
Ram-Leela received 8 nominations at the Filmfare Awards, winning three including Best Actress for Padukone. At the International Indian Film Academy Awards, it received nine nominations, including for Best Film, and won two.
In the fictional Gujarati village Ranjhaar, infamous for its uninhibited manufacture and sale of arms and ammunition, two clans—Rajadi and Sanera—have been at odds with each other for the past 500 years. A violent altercation between the two occurs after Bhavani, a Sanera, fires at the son of Meghji Bhai, a Rajadi chieftain. Bhavani is almost killed by Meghji Bhai, but Ram, Meghji Bhai’s younger brother, intervenes and saves Bhavani. All the Rajadi elders are irked by Ram being a vagabond who deals in porn films and stolen cars, with his mindset of making a truce with the other clan.
During the festival of Holi, Ram boldly enters the house of the Sanera heads and flirts with Leela. At the same time, her mother, Dhankor Baa, the chieftain of the Saneras, is busy arranging a match for her daughter with a simple-minded NRI. Leela’s elder brother, Kanji Bhai, is angered by Ram’s entry into the house and bribes the local police to raid Ram’s house. Ram, however, manages to convince the policemen to leave in exchange for a set of his blue films. Ram and Leela develop a romance and plan to elope, but a grim turn of events follows when Kanji accidentally kills Meghji, Ram’s brother, and is, in turn, killed by Ram.
To escape the suffering, Ram and Leela elope and marry, but just as they are about to consummate their marriage, Ram’s friends trace them and betray him by inebriating him and informing Leela’s family of their location. The next morning, Leela is forcibly taken back home by Bhavani, her cousin, while Ram is hailed as a hero by the Rajadis for soiling Leela’s reputation. He is rewarded by being made the new chieftain of the Rajadis.
Meanwhile, Dhankor Baa arranges the engagement of Leela and the NRI, much to the chagrin of the pair. Leela refuses, citing that her finger is already occupied by the ring from her marriage to Ram. In her anger, Dhankor Baa chops off Leela’s finger. Upon learning of this, Ram does the same to his own finger and visits Leela while she is asleep. Leela still retains faith in Ram and sends Rasila, the widow of Kanji, to give Ram an ultimatum to take her away. Rasila is assaulted by Ram’s friends, and when Dhankor Baa learns of this, she sends Bhavani and other men to assault Kesar, Meghji’s widow, who manages to evade them.
In response to the attempt on Kesar, Ram storms into Leela’s house and incapacitates the guards single-handedly. He then requests Dhankor Baa to consider negotiation for peace, and she invites him to celebrate Navratri with the Saneras, with the intention of having him killed. However, at the event, Bhavani secretly shoots and seriously injures Dhankor Baa to place the blame on the Rajadi. Leela is made the chieftain of the Saneras and gets busy tending to her mother. She bitterly carries out a negotiation with Ram, equally dividing the travel routes and trades, with the condition that the Saneras and Rajadis will not interact with each other ever again.
Bhavani, who does not tolerate this development, deceives Leela into blindly signing a document that orders unrestrained killings of the Rajadis. During Dusshera, as the Ramlila parade is ending, many of the Rajadis are killed, and the village is on the brink of war, which Ram senses. Ram and Leela decide that they are each other’s soulmates and shoot one another dead, all the while oblivious to the fact that Dhankor Baa has undergone a change of heart and has killed Bhavani, ordering that peace be made with the other clan. The two clans come together to cremate the bodies of the lovers.
Deepika Padukone as Leela Sanera, based on Juliet Capulet
Ranveer Singh as Ram Rajadi, based on Romeo Montague
Supriya Pathak Kapur as Dhankor Baa, based on Lady Capulet
Homi Walia as Radhu Bhai
Abhimanyu Singh as Meghji Bhai, based on Mercutio
Richa Chadda as Rasila, based on Nurse
Gulshan Devaiah as Bhavani, based on Paris
Jameel Khan as Vanka
Sharad Kelkar as Kanji Bhai, based on Tybalt
Barkha Sengupta as Kesar
Tarun Anand as Ujjwal
Masood Akhtar as Pujalal
Mukesh Agrohari as Vallu
Faizan Khan as Goli, Meghji Bhai and Kesars’ son
Priyanka Chopra in an item number, “Ram Chahe Leela”
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