Bimal Roy's 'Madhumati' and Kamal Amrohi's 'Mahal' were the successful inceptor of reincarnation films in our Hindi films. These films like 'Mehbooba', 'Janam Janam', 'Tum Mere Ho', 'Hamesha', 'Prem' and many more, mostly used to be tale of two lovers getting departed in one birth and gets reunited in another. Then, there were films like 'Karz', 'Kudrat', 'Karan Arjun', 'Om Shanti Om', 'Makkhi', and few more which was presented with a twist and had revenge drama attached to it. The first promo of 'Leela' itself states it clearly that it is a film based on reincarnation and for some strange reasons it reminds you of Karishma Kapoor's 'Dangerous Ishq', may be due to the multiple characters attached to it. Thus, let's find out whether 'Leela', will be yet another typical reincarnation, based film of two departed lovers or might be a game changer in this genre.
'Leela' is a story of Karan (Jay Bhanushali), a talented musician who gets hold of an old record of Rajhasthani folk songs and while hearing it he keeps seeing disturbing visuals. Later, he comes to know that these visuals are related to a 300-year-old tale featuring Leela (Sunny Leone) and Shravan (Rajneesh Duggal). This leads him to Rajasthan where he meets an international model Meera (Sunny Leone), and what happens next is what the entire film is all about.Screenplay & Technicalities:
The story has huge similarities with many reincarnations based films like, 'Kudrat' or 'Dangerous Ishq', but despite of these structural similarities the movie is presented in an intriguing manner. The screenplay has some interesting twist and turns which keeps you glued to the silver screen as you want to know what happens next. The climax is something different than what we have seen in such type of films. The film would have been better with limited songs as there are almost half dozen songs back to back, in the first half. In addition, the side track of Ehsaas Qureshi and few more should have been strictly omitted from the film. The whole 'nadi-shastra' track was highly unconvincing. Sunny's costume in her past life is more exposing than, Zeenat Aman's basic costume in 'Satyam Shivam Sundaram'. The movie is around two and half hours long which, if would have been little shorter would have given a better and positive impact. Such films need good actors and sadly, in 'Leela' the few actors fail to enhance the film above the interesting storyline. The camera work is good and has been presented in a glamorous manner.
Music & Direction:
Since the movie is a product of 'T-Series' music company, almost all the songs are great. Right from the remix avataar of Sonu Nigam's 'Deewana', Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam's, 'Dhol Baaje' to chartbuster songs like 'Desi Look', 'Saiyyan Superstar, 'Ek Do Teen Chaar', 'Glamorous Aakhiyan' to romantic songs like 'Tere Bin' or 'Khuda Bhi', the music caters to everyone. The background music is fine as per the flow of the film.
Director Bobby Khan narrates an old tale, but in a different manner with some good screenplay attached to it. He adds up the glamour quotient with the presence of Sunny Leone and satisfies her ardent fans through her love making scenes, fashion show and dances. Along with the skin show, he blends an interesting story line and keeps your interest in the film intact. Sadly, the length of the film along with weak performances by some actors and overdose of songs, the movie ends up as an above average film. Only if, these minor mistakes would gave been taken care of, the end result would have been great.
Sunny Leone looks smashing and charms the screen with her looks. She slips easily into the role of Meera the model, but struggles a lot in her desi looks and performance of Leela. Jay Bhanushali and Mohit Ahlawat lend good support. Jas Arora apes Gulshan Grover and hams to fullest. Rahul Dev was great in his small role. Ehsaan Qureshi was horrible. Rajneesh Duggal, Andy and Shivani Tanksale were fine in their parts.Final Verdict: So bol meri FILMI KHOPDI iss film mein kitna hain Dum?
Dum??? Well, the movie is a decent watch with good music score and a gripping story line. It's just that the logic goes for a toss at times in this stretched film, due to which the quality of the film drops down drastically. Sunny Leone's ardent fans and all those who love masala entertainers will enjoy this glamorous reincarnated tale, which could have been better..., much better.Rating: 3.5/5