Ranjha Ranjha Kardi Drama
Ranjha Ranga, or Ranjha Ranga Chhota, is a famous Hindi play written by S.S. Rajamouli and shown on television in different parts of India. The story begins with a marriage between a merchant and his wife. He promises her eternal love, but she refuses and tries to break the promise. In the end, she ends up poisoning him and ending their relationship. Both characters meet again, this time at the railway station, and enjoy a passionate affair.
This romantic drama is top-rated among Hindi movie buffs. The Ranjha Ranga is a romantic take on Indian marriages at its most absurd extreme. However, the story is a bit skewed towards the truth. The Ranjha Ranga may be an exaggerated version of Indian weddings. Still, the story is accurate in at least one regard-it depicts how many Indian women can abuse their husbands. The wedding indeed vows at the end of the movie are very romantic, but the film wouldn’t be half entertaining if we didn’t learn that there were several vows versions.
In the movie, Ranjha Ranga, played by S.S. Rajamouli, finally decides to end their marriage and remarry. He tells his wife that he’ll give her the dowry (which is the Indian version of a wedding ring) and send her away. But when she arrives at the station to collect her dowry, the older woman who treated her like dirt refuses to accept it and demands that she leave. Ranjha tries to reason with the woman, but she’s too drunk to understand him.
He then proceeds to smack her across the face with his fist, telling her that if she doesn’t leave him alone now, he will “do her harm…and you too will become a shade dweller on the earth.” The woman flees the scene in panic. Ranjha follows her, catches up with her in a hotel room, threatens to beat her to death if she doesn’t leave. She does… but before Ranjha can do any more damage to her, his accomplice barges in, kills the older woman, and steals Ranjha’s dowry.
This incident leaves Ranjha speechless. The movie ends with Ranjha reclining on a sunbed in the desert, contemplating the meaning of life.
The story is simple enough yet profoundly moving. But then, in real life, things aren’t always so simple. In addition to Ranjha’s emotional trauma, the storyteller’s lack of awareness of where he’s headed (and why) adds to the tale. In such films as Anesthesia, Jodha Akbar, and Mankatha, the fictional setting is perfectly adequate… but sometimes, the lack of real-world settings and the absence of human characters make it feel like an artistic vacuum. Ranjha’s story, however, is much more complicated. It requires some interpretation.
Study in movies. I find it distracting, and even the most basic of plotlines can be quite confusing. However, Ranjha’s character is such a complicated character that it is the overall effect that works. The viewer gets to see Ranjha’s emotional and mental struggles up close, and because of this, Ranjha becomes much more than just a lead character. Instead, the film explores Ranjha’s psyche and questions both his sanity and his ability to love.
This Ranjha Kardi drama is definitely worth a watch. It doesn’t try to reinvent the wheel… but it sure is a unique film.