It is also, needless to say, deafeningly loud. But given that the film compelled me to stay with it, and granted me much fun while at it, I was happy, for once, to sacrifice my ears temporarily.
That, for Indian filmmakers and viewers, there will never be a greater, more durable fount of stories than the Ramayan. That, if you want to be really safe, you cast not just one super-star, but two of them.
One of his heroes is not just called Ram aka Alluri Sitarama Raju (Ram Charan), he also appears in the ‘dhanush-baan-teer-kamaan’ avatar, to vanquish the evil invaders of our beloved land. And the love of Ram’s life is called, what else, Sita (Alia Bhatt).
But these are mere plot points.
Ajay Devgn comes on as a brave rebel who teaches the young Ram to aim straight and true, Shriya Saran his equally brave wife, and Makrand Deshpande in a walk-on without much to do. Alia Bhatt has just a bit more screen space, but manages to look her part.
Her first stint down south, titled RRR, released today, March 25 to a bumper opening. Apart from her stellar acting prowess, Alia has always bewitched us with her dazzling sartorial sense.
If you have a penchant for chunky hoops or statement jhumkas, you must take cues from Alia’s personal style.