Remake of the Tamil film NAADODIGAL , which was remade in various Indian languages subsequently, RANGREZZ is essentially a tale of friendship, with a love story integrated in the plotline. Sadly, it runs out of fizz in its post-interval portions, after leaving quite an impression in the first hour.
RANGREZZ narrates the story of three friends who attempt to unite another friend with his lady-love. In the process, each of them loses something precious. Consequently, the trio gets a rude shock when they realize that the hardships they encountered to unite the lovers has proved meaningless, as the lovers decide to go separate ways owing to differences.
This is an elemental film, not the least apologetic about serving up a spicy dish .The Bihar-Uttar Pradesh dialectic dialogues come across self-consciously the way they are mouthed by the two actors – Pankaj Tripathi and Lushin Dubey, playing warring politican-parents of lovers-on-the-run. Ms Dubey is especially hammy. But then this is no place for the soft-spoken.
This is a film with very strong sensory perceptions. The landscape is ruthless, rugged and riveting. The emotions are primeval. Caveman tactics, with characters caught out of their cushy hideouts kicking dragging and screaming, are the prevalent mode of vindication. It’s a tough world. And obviously a very tough film to make.
Full marks to the film’s makers and the able cast of male actors who lend a compelling authenticity to the edge-of-the-seat goings on.