Deepika Padukone copies Aishwarya Rai

Sanjay Leela Bhansali has created quite a flurry with the release of ‘Ram-Leela’. The movie has a grand setting, wonderful visuals, soulful music and of course a catchy ‘garba’ dance. The lead pair Deepika and Ranveer have shared a wonderful chemistry and brought the characters to life by their passionate acting and graceful dance sequence. Yet the movie has received a mixed response. Not only has there been an issue over hurting religious sentiments but in a covert way Bhansali’s creativity has been questioned.

The director is known for his meticulous detailing. He is particular with the sets, the lights, costumes and even the jewellery. How could he give the much anticipated ‘garba’ dance less than wanting attention?

There is no denying the fact that that the dance number has been an immediate hit and will rock and tap this navratri. Deepika   portraying  Leela    is spectacular in a backless choli and golden red lehenga. Her hands are full of vibrant coloured bangles and there is almost no-makeup . It is her hard work and near perfect performance that has made the whole dance sequence come alive.  She has been very convincing as the Gujrati lass and has got into the skin of the character. Much of the box office mark can be credited to this dance number.

Critics however  have raised a question – how is it that when one sees Deepika resplendent in the garba a very similar dance performance comes to mind, that of Aishwarya Rai performing in ‘Dholi taro’ of ‘Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam’…

Both have been shot at a grand scale with stunning and folksy sound of drums but why did the dance master not check out for the repetition of moves? The Gujrati costume for both the heroines seem oddly familiar, as does the ‘Kaan ki bali’ of Ranveer which is quite similar to what Salman was sporting in the ‘Dholi taro’ song from ‘Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam’. Was it because he did not brief  Deepika to be consciously different from Ash? Or was it because the director spontaneously visualized the Bachchan bahu while conceptualizing the ‘garba’ sequence?

In fact this uncanny resemblance can be traced off screen as well. Ranveer Singh has already sparked controversies of a budding love affair between him and Deepika by frequent visits to the sets of ‘Chennai Express’ and ‘Hapy New Year’. This is clearly reminiscent of Salman and Aishwarya who were also couples off-screen while shooting for ‘Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam’ Now with so many similarities, the director can only hope that ‘Ram Leela’ also resembles ‘Hum Dil De chuke Sanam’ in terms of box office collections.