If you're hoping to get a taste of Bollywood ahead of next year's "Bollywood Oscars" here, now is a good time. Little says "Bollywood" quite like a dramatic song and dance about two lovers whose families stand in the way, and that's exactly what to expect from Ram-Leela, starring two of the industry's hottest young actors — Ranveer Singh and Deepika Padukone — as the titular Ram and Leela.
Writer/director/producer/composer/wearer-of-all-hats Sanjay Leela Bhansali is well-known for films that make grandeur look commonplace and storylines that toy with the emotions. With a film loosely based on Romeo and Juliet but set in a gun-laden "town like no other" in India's Gujarat state, expect no less than a tumultuous but beautiful ride. The film's music, an important piece of successful Bollywood movies, has already earned widespread praise from critics and the charts alike, so if you want another taste of the movie beyond the trailer, search "Ram Leela songs" on YouTube.
Ram-Leela, with subtitles, opens Friday at the AMC Veterans 24 in Tampa.
Caitlin E. O'Conner, Times staff writer