Gifted painter and able visionary to give a painterly form to the texts of Mahabharatha and the first ever Indian artist to paint images of Hindu Gods, Raja Ravi Varma’s tales are unsung. Most of the women in his painting still haunt us with their timeless charisma and radiance.
There happens to be a beautiful romantic secret behind these creations. Exploring this angle, famous writer Rajnith Desai wrote a novel named ‘Raja Ravi Verma’ sketching our painter’s love and romance with his muse Sugandha Bai. Director Ketan Mehta who directed Mangal Pandey earlier has transformed this book into a silver screen masterpiece now as Rang Rasiya. Oddball actor Randeep Hooda portrayed Ravi Varma with elan, despite enchantress Nandana Sen stealing show with her painterly semi-nude performances.
Six years into production, this romantic love tale is finally seeing light and the flick is expected a rousing reception at box office by art-cinema lovers. Anyway some fundamentalists are demanding for certain cuts in the flick, where Ravi Varma is shown painting his bed-mate as Goddess Lakshmi.