Rang Rasiya (Colours of passion) is an Indian drama film based on the life of the 19th-century Indian painter Raja Ravi Varma.Made as a bilingual, the film is titled Rang Rasiya in its Hindi version and Colours of Passion in English. The film, directed by Ketan Mehta, is produced by his wife Deepa Sahi and by Aanand Mahendroo. It stars Randeep Hooda as the title character and Nandana Sen as his love interest.
Censorship is an utterly pointless and regressive activity, and we Indians have always been good at it. Good at said pointlessness, that is, not at actually establishing some sort of sensible organisation that knows the meaning of the word 'context'. Ketan Mehta's film Rang Rasiya, a biopic of the artist Raja Ravi Varma, deals with artistic censorship, a subject that remains immensely relevant in a country where filmmakers are asked to cut out dialogues and trim scenes by 20 percent just cause the censor board said so.
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.
Raja Ravi Varma (Randeep Hooda) is an artist for whom painting is worship. When he is marries to the princess of a Kerala state (Tripta Parashar), he decides to paint his wife as an inspiration. But when she demeans the art form and shoos him away, he decides to look for beauty beyond and finds it in Kamini (Rashanaa Shah), one of the servants in the palace.