‘Rangrezz’ is the Hindi remake of Tamil hit film “Naadodigal”, which was subsequently remade in Telugu.
It is a an overtly demonstrative eye opener with a message for the youth of today. The young minds need to ponder over the repercussions of their deeds when they fall in love. The film is about love and compatibility of the future life partner.
Rangrezz is a tribute to friendship. The story is about three friends in Mumbai who dedicatedly attempt to unite another friend with his lady-love.
It begins well, the lifestyle of middle-class families in the city, the affectionate bond of friendship of three friends. Celebration of various festivals. While the characters are introduced with the narrative proceeds at a refreshing pace.
Rishi Deshpande (Jackky Bhagnani), Pakya (Vijay Verma) and Vinod (Amitosh Nagpal) are three friends with Rajpal Yadav’s character shown as the waiter who hangs around with them. These friends are incomplete without each other.
Rishi has a childhood sweetheart Megha (Priya Anand). He appreciates true love and understands it depth.
Rishi’s school friend Joy (Raghav Chanana) has come down to Mumbai. He is in love with Jasmeen but their affair is opposed by Joy’s mother (a local politician in UP) and Jasmeen’s father (Pankaj Tripathi)
The Mumbaikar friends, feel for Joy and therefore plan the kidnapping of Jasleen, who would then elope and stay in hiding with Joy. The trio also then arrange for marriage of this couple and then pack them off to a resort in Goa, where it would be almost impossible for their parents to trace them.
In the process, then encounter stiff resistance from Jasleen’s security guys who managed to create a minute or somewhat dent in each of them which would significantly affect them in the long run.
It is this fight sequence which is the highlight of Rangrezz.
It is the sacrifice of friends to that extent which causes irreparable physical damage, loss of a loved one and loss of their family reputation. The Mumbaikar friends still manage to stay in their high spirits as they know that it was a worthwhile sacrifice in the name of friendship and love.
Until, one day, they find out that their efforts went in vain as they learn that they were betrayed not by the couple’s parents but the friend and his sweet heart for whom they went to such lengths.
There are quite a few over dramatic developments, excess in fact. While the direction and cinematography are a notch about the usual stuff, it is the intrinsic plot and the sub-plots within that appear outdated. The traditional family values, friendship, loyalty and sacrifice shown in the film existed in the 80s and 90s in the cities.
Present day youth does not care about such emotional bonding (excessive ) as told in the story. This film would have been a super hit had it been made a couple of decades ago.
What is the highlight of this film is that performances of all the three pals are actually realistic. Jackky Bhagnani has improved as an actor, very efficiently supported by Amitosh Nagpal and Vijay Verma (brilliant as the instantly reacting youth) and then there is Jackky’s girl friend played by Priya Anand.
It is the core story which seems well outdated, and wonder if the present day generation would believe in the sacrifice of friends as narrated in Rangrezz.
Santosh Sivan’s brilliant cinematography captures the chawls and by lanes of Mumbai vividly. The much hyped ‘Gangnam style’ song and dance appear during the ending credits roll.
Jackky Bhagnani – Rishi
Amitosh Nagpal – Vinod
Vijay Verma – Pakya
Raaghav Chanana – Joy
Priya Anand – Megha
Credits & Crew:
Banner – Pooja Entertainment India Ltd.
Producer – Vashu Bhagnani
Story – Mushtaq Shiekh
Music Directors – Sajid-Wajid
Director – Priyadarshan
Lyricist – Sameer
Cinematography – Santosh Sivan
Production Designer – Sabu Cyril
Screenplay – Mushtaq Shiekh
Dialogues – Manisha Korde
Sound – Parikshit Lalwani, Kunal Mehta