India 1995 175 min., Hindi with Engl. subtitles Bombay/Mumbai mainstream
An update of "Singin' in the Rain": from its opening titles, "Rangeela" is a film about cinema, about the city. As the credits role, we are presented images of film stars of yesteryear, and sounds of street traffic. The credits move onto a dance staged against city backdrops, with the heroine, Milli (Urmila Matondkar), dancing in a skimpy dress. A call from her mother wakes her out of her satisfying dream, the dream not only of her own spectacular staging, but of the cinema, then and now. Varma parades a love for cinema with great vivacity, a love which, through the tapori and the working girl, spills over into the city, into the street, into everyday life. The driven director of visceral genres pulls off something of the light fantastic here.