Film: "Rang Rasiya"; Cast: Randeep Hooda and Nandana Sen; Director: Ketan Mehta; Rating: *****
He's known as the father of calendar art. Raja Ravi Varma, played with arresting arrogance by Randeep Hooda in Ketan Mehta's exceptional biopic, brought the gods out of the temples and made them accessible to the masses.
And now Ketan Mehta, that artiste extraordinaire who paints his characters with the brightest colours of life, has brought the enigmatic ambivalent life and art of Varma out of the closet into the portals of palpable accessibility.
As depicted in "Rang Rasiya", the life of Raja Ravi Varma hovers heftily between the sublime and the mundane. He's at once an artiste and an entrepreneur, a lover and a debauch, a giver and, in his own words, a small selfish petty artiste. Hooda goes through» Read full review
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