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25 years of Rangeela: Remembering RGV’s film that is as colourful as its name

We all remember the Aamir Khan, Urmila Matondkar and Jackie Shroff starrer as a movie of a different time. And well, on the occasion of 25 years of Rangeela, we thought we’d celebrate the Ram Gopal Verma movie. For what its worth, a rewatch would be an absolute treat for all the movie lovers out there.

If we were to simply cut the film short, it is about dreams, and love, and all things life. However, it was after all also a film celebrating the city of Mumbai in its truest sense, the kind that still holds true. Apart from the fact that it has a story that is as dreamy as it gets, it is also a cinematic beauty, courtesy W B Rao.

What the movie also does is not beautify struggle, even if it doesn’t show many realistic aspects to it. From Milli’s (Urmila) dream of Bollywood to everything that Munna (Aamir) and Raj Kalaml (Jackie) undergo. For a film in those times to go on without having someone playing the bad guy, it is an absolute treat. While a love triangle is not as typical as Bollywood makes out to be, it is about being happy, with whatever is.

While the movie sure has issues, but 25 years of Rangeela deserves praise for various reasons. For instance, the music is one that continues to be celebrated, and rightly so. The cast has obviously done a great job and there is no second guessing that.

Some films have a way to stick around, don’t they? And this one’s that. At the end of the day, it is a Bollywood film and right from romance to drama to comedy, everything fits that bill. While some things are rather extreme, more of those things are admirable.

On the occasion of 25 years of Rangeela, we’d say have a good look of the film!

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