Rang Rasiya (2014) Hindi Movie Review | 22 Critic Reviews | Randeep Hooda, Nandana Sen


Randeep Hooda, Nandana Sen, Anupam Shyam, Ashish Vidyarthi, Paresh Rawal, Gaurav Dwivedi, Darshan Jariwala, Chirag Vohra, Rajat Kapoor, Rachana Shah

Rang Rasiya (2014) Hindi Movie Posterdirection:

Ketan Mehta


Ranjit Desai (Novel: 'Raja Ravi Varma')


Sanjeev Dutta


Sanjeev Dutta


Anil Mehta, Christo Bakalov


Sandesh Shandilya

produced by:

Anand Mahendroo, Deepa Sahi, Ketan Mehta

Weird Aggregate Rating Rang Rasiya 6.2/10language:

Hindi, English (English Name: 'Colours Of Passion')



release date:

run time:
132 Minutes
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Reviews- (Ratings out of 10)
  •  Times Of India -Srijana Mitra Das Rating-8
So, Rang Rasiya is a colourful triumph, director Ketan Mehta meriting applause for his portrait of painter Raja Ravi Varma, skillfully blending a biopic, a period film, a love story and a social critique, within a tight frame. Arching across the 19th-20th centuries, Rang Rasiya traces Raja Ravi Varma

  •  Bollywood Hungama -Taran Adarsh Rating-5
After a six year gap, RANG RASIYA that was made in 2008, finally gets to see the light of the day this year. While the film did not find any takers initially, for years together the film has been facing controversies. Based on the life story of iconic painter Raja Ravi Varma as depicted in the novel

  •  Rediff -Raja Sen Rating-6
Censorship is an utterly pointless and regressive activity, and we Indians have always been good at it. Good at said pointlessness, that is, not at actually establishing some sort of sensible organisation that knows the meaning of the word 'context'. Ketan Mehta's film Rang Rasiya

  •  Indian Express -Shubhra Gupta Rating-4
“Till now, we have had no access to our gods and goddesses. You are the one who’s made it possible”. A character, presumably of ordinary origin, says this to Raja Ravi Varma in ‘Rang Rasiya’, after watching the first public exhibition of his paintings. This sentence tells us just how deep

  •  ABP News -Mayank Shekhar Rating-6
Morality is often monopolised by ugly, unemployed men. Who else gains anything from it anyway? And such people have been around forever. While this film is a biopic on artist Raja Ravi Varma, at the centre of it is a court case involving a painting where the painter depicts

  •  India Today -Rohit Khilnani Rating-6
Rang Rasiya depicts painter Raja Ravi Varma's passion towards art and also takes a closer look at the method behind the madness. The film is based on writer Ranjit Desai's biographical novel Raja Ravi Varma, whose art knew no boundaries. Centuries ago a painter dared to paint
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  •  India Today -Koel Purie Rating-6
Rang Rasiya is a biopic based on a novel of the infamous, avant-garde 19th century painter Raja Ravi Verma. Infamous because he was all too easy with his physical affection in a time of puritan values and scandalously (for the time) gave faces to the the Gods he painted.

  •  NDTV -Saibal Chatterjee Rating-7
Art-centric biopics are a rarity in Hindi cinema. There isn't anything of significance, therefore, that Rang Rasiya can be measured against. Just as well. This remarkable film is in a league of its own in many ways. Writer-director Ketan Mehta's cinematic celebration of the life
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  •  Koimoi -Mohar Basu Rating-8
The focus of the film is on a court case that was filed against Raja Ravi Varma for hurting religious sentiments and propagating vulgarity. The film begins with an art exhibition in Mumbai and extremists and fundamentalists looking to vandalize the place but is then traced back to Raja Ravi

  •  Hindustan Times -Rohit Vats Rating-7
Many Indian filmmakers would have read this quote and watched his films, but rarely did they think of implementing it in its actual sense. But, Ketan Mehta is not one of them, as his Rang Rasiya is indeed about the colours of passion. The film, which claims to be based on Ranjit Desai’s

  •  Mumbai Mirror -Rahul Desai Rating-4
Ketan Mehta's Rang Rasiya-a period biopic of arguably India's most influential painter Raja Ravi Varma-will be remembered not for its subversive images and tacky craft, but for its counterintuitive storytelling. An auction in present-day Mumbai, to a courtroom in 1896, to his 1870s childhood

  •  Deccan Chronicle -Suparna Sharma Rating-5
Ketan Mehta’s Rang Rasiya, based on Ranjit Desai’s biographical novel Raja Ravi Varma, states and shows many important things given that the painter-artist lived and worked in a period of political and social churn and turmoil -- 1848 to 1906 -- during which he challenged the sensibilities
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  •  Mid Day -Shubha Shetty Saha Rating-5
'Rang Rasiya' is more about what it could have been than what it is. Here’s a great story of a world class painter of the 19th century, Raja Ravi Varma, who also boasts of an utterly admirable and charming personality. Director Ketan Mehta chose well to tell this story on screen

  •  Zee News -Aparna Mudi Rating-5
For artists in India, Raja Ravi Varma is an icon. He brought together the western style and Indian subjects, and made God available to each and every household in the country. He is a symbol who fought the society for the freedom of expression – something that we struggle with

  •  Book My Show -Tanaya Ramyani Rating-5
After years of controversy, Indian audiences can finally witness Ketan Mehta’s film Rang Rasiya or Colors of Passion. Ketan Mehta very deftly portrays the life of the 19th century painter Raja Ravi Verma. Even though Rang Rasiya isn’t exactly a biopic, it captures the artist’s early years

  •  Moviez Adda -Divya Solgama Rating-8
Director Ketan Mehta has been known for making some path breaking film in our Indian cinema right from his first feature film 'Bhavni Bhavai' followed by films like 'Holi', 'Mirch Masala', 'Sardar' and few more. These films were bold in their own way and displayed a hard hitting untold human tale.

  •  Sify -Sonia Chopra Rating-6
The film begins in present time where auction bids for Raja Ravi Varma's paintings are reaching multiple crores. When we flashback, it's in a courtroom in the nineteenth century, where the artist (Randeep Hooda) is being tried in an obscenity case filed by fundamentalists.

  •  Glamsham -Martin D'Souza Rating-6
RANG RASIYA looks fresh as though just shot a year ago. Thanks to it being a period flick. The fact that it has been in the cans for over six years, ready for release, and also the fact that people are still intolerant towards works of art and the creative field in general is what makes the film stand out.

  •  Now Running -Noyon Jyoti Parasara Rating-7
Confession time. I saw Rang Rasiya months back, when the film was being shown to various interested buyers. The director had understandably got impatient holding the film for so long. I must tell you that it is not easy for a filmmaker to hold on to a film for so long.

  •  Daily Bhaskar Rating-6
The film depicts painter Raja Ravi Varma's passion towards art. After being in controversies, including the court case, Rang Rasiya, finally hit the theatres today. Directed by Ketan Mehta, the film that depicts painter Raja Ravi Varma's passion towards art, scores well when it comes

  •  Filmi Beat -Nandhini Rating-8
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 that brought the gods out of the temples and made them accessible to the masses. And now Ketan Mehta, that artiste extraordinaire who paints

  •  Indiaglitz -Vishal Verma Rating-8
‘Beauty captures your attention, personality captures your heart’. Finally Ketan Mehta’s passion ‘Rang Rasiya’ is able to show its true colours on the marquee and beyond any iota of doubt it’s a fascinating, appealing, compelling, inspirational, effective, bold and of course beautiful

Ratings Breakdown-

Rating scale - Out of 10
Weird Aggregate Rating(WAR) - 4.6/10 (22 reviews)
Male Critics - 6.3 (12)
Female Critics - 6.0 (10)
Highest Rating - 8.0 (5)
Least Rating - 4.0 (2)
Most Given Rating - 6.0 (7)
Yes - 68%
No - 9%
Neutral - 23%

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6.2/10 rating from
Reviews: 22.