Colors of Passion (Rang Rasiya)
This is the legendary tale of Raja Ravi Varma, India's pioneer painter. The film deals with the trajectory of his life and relationship with his muse, Sugandha. Nandana Sen as the muse radiates the passion of Randeep Hooda who plays Raja Ravi Varma.The narrative begins in the middle of action, where an artist is arrested and charged with obscenity, immorality and hurting religious sentiments by painting nudes of Indian mythological characters. He is Raja Ravi Varma. At a temple, he discovers the woman of his artistic imagination and dreams. She is Sugandha - the muse. Her beauty inspires him to create his now-famous paintings such as Saraswati with the Veena and also other nude paintings. Following which, he moves to materialize his seminal vision of freeing his art from the shackles of elite patronage. The conflict in the film emerges from the politics of his artistic vision. "He painted the gods and she paid the price".
Cast: Tom Alter, Nandana Sen, Gaurav Dwivedi, Jim Boeven, Randeep Hooda
Directed by: Ketan Mehta
Written by: Ketan Mehta, Sanjeev Dutta
Running time: 2hr 10min
Opens: Feb 27, 2009 Limited
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