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Colours of Passion (2008)

Rang Rasiya (original title)
Not Rated | | Biography, Drama, Romance | 7 November 2014 (India)
A look into the life of 19th century Indian painter Raja Ravi Varma.


Ketan Mehta


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Randeep Hooda ... Raja Ravi Verma
Nandana Sen ... Sugandha
Paresh Rawal ... Govardhandas
Ashish Vidyarthi ... King Ailyum Thirunal
Sachin Khedekar ... Justice Richards
Darshan Jariwala ... Chintamani Pandit
Vikram Gokhale ... Keshav Shastri
Jim Boeven ... Fritz Schleizer
Suhasini Mulay ... Bakubai
Prashant Narayanan ... Visakham (as Prroshant Narayannan)
Vipin Sharma ... Paachan
Shri Vallabh Vyas ... Hirachand
Rashaana Shah ... Kamini (as Rachna Shah)
Feryna Wazheir ... Frenny (as Feryna Wazheir)
Rajat Kapoor ... Auctioneer


Inspired by the real life of Raja Ravi Varma, a young Raja Ravi Verma looking for an inspiration for a painting. He meets a girl and starts the painting. His first two paintings of Lakshmi and Saraswati are praised but after the woman starts feeling love for him, she seduces him. He then starts a relationship with her, which destroys his inspiration, and he starts painting inappropriate images, which brings anger in people. Written by Sumer Singh

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A story of a great Painter, who created the pictures of Hindu God in India.


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Hindi | English

Release Date:

7 November 2014 (India) See more »

Also Known As:

Colours of Passion See more »

Filming Locations:

N D Studio, Karjat, India See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Infinity, Maya Movies See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Cinematographer of the film Santosh Sivan acted as he painter Ravi Raja in the film "Makaramanju ". See more »

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It is the story of a painter, who justifies art, goodness, god through his paintings.
22 January 2015 | by deepak_luckySee all my reviews

Rang Rasiya or Colours of passion revolves around the life of the painter, Raja Ravi Verma of Travancore. The painter is married to a queen who does not have high regard for his work. But in places where art stinks is also the same where it finds inspiration.He finds his muse in Sugandha, Nandana Sen.While she's dressing up one morning, he asks her to stay and paints her. A new subject rekindles his interest and he begins to paint. But there are also protests from a section of society, which the film tries to depict. The accusations are mostly on grounds of 'immorality'. .The painter is frequently pulled into courts, where questions "Do you live at your wife's house and do you squander your time at the palace " are put to him.

Nandana Sen has carved a role for herself in the film and Randeep Hooda has played an artist-who-is-not-dazed role to an applaud. Tom Alter, as an English judge, appeared as an understanding-British- judge. The film imbues the pre-independence setting at a local level pretty well on the screen. The moments where the painter and the muse make love, is so beautifully painted, is like aesthetic health to the audience.

Rang Rasiya is an unorthodox treatment of an artist -fighting- society-and-back-theme in the celluloid world. And to treat it with the maturity of an Indian audience is quite a feat. The music grows well into the film. The film reminded me of "Frida" by the American Broadway and film director, Julie Taymor. A question arises, is it unfair to a woman, who's a subject to a painter, to feel neglected on account of the painter's interest in many subjects during his development process. Do go and experience colours of passion!

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