|Directed by||Sikander Bharti|
|Written by||Raj Verma, Khalid Azmi|
|Screenplay by||Pahlaj Nihalani|
|Produced by||Pahlaj Nihalani|
|Distributed by||Chiragdeep International|
|Box office||est. ₹5 lakh|
Rangeela Raja (transl. The colourful king) is a 2019 Indian Hindi-language comedy-drama film directed by Sikander Bharti and written and produced by Pahlaj Nihalani. Starring Govinda, Mishika Chourasia and Anupama Agnihotri, the film was released on 18 January 2019. The film is a remake of Netrikan.
Natasha, a headstrong woman, wants to explore her career. She meets Raja Vijendra Pratap Singh, a business tycoon. After meeting Natasha, Singh's life turns around, as do the lives of his family. His younger brother, Ajay Pratap Singh, leads a life of a yogi and decides to bring his elder brother back on track.
- Govinda as Vijendra Pratap Singh, a philandering businessman, and Ajay Pratap Singh, a pious yogi
- Mishika Chourasia as Natasha, a strong-headed woman working with Vijendra Pratap Singh
- Shakti Kapoor as Padampat, a driver
- Prem Chopra as Guruji
- Anupama Agnihotri as Aalekha, the love interest of Ajay Pratap Singh
- Digangana Suryavanshi as Shivranjani, the wife of Vijendra Pratap Singh
- Karishma Kaul as Pallavi
- Karan Anand as Yuvraj
- Aarti Gupta as Shikha
- Govind namdev As Sharma
- Imran Khan as Special appearance
|Soundtrack album by |
|Genre||Feature Film Soundtrack|
The film's soundtrack album, which consisted of five tracks, was composed by Ishwar Kumar. Shreya Ghoshal lend her voice to three of these tracks.
|1.||"Rangeela Raja"||Mehboob||Benny Dayal||4:19|
|2.||"Jogi Dil"||Mehboob||Nakash Aziz, Sarodee Borah||3:25|
|3.||"Dholi Dol Baja"||Mehboob||Udit Narayan, Shreya Ghoshal, Dev Negi, Ishwar Kumar||5:00|
|4.||"Jagmag Jagmag"||Mehboob||Shreya Ghoshal, Mohammed Irfan||5:51|
|5.||"Aum Naad"||Sikandar Bharti||Shreya Ghoshal, Ishwar Kumar||4:54|
The film was initially scheduled for release on 6 November 2018, alongside Thugs Of Hindostan. However, it was announced via the trailer released in October 2018 that the film would be released on 11 January 2019.
On 2 December 2018, the release of the film was indefinitely postponed as the Central Board of Film Certification had not yet issued a certificate for the film, which producer Nihalani appealed to the FCAT (Film Certification Appellate Tribunal). On 14 December 2018, the CBFC finally cleared the film with only three cuts, instead of the original 20, and gave their approval to Nihalani to release the film by its 11 January date.
Producer and screenwriter Pahlaj Nihalani criticized the Centre Board of Film Certification (CBFC) for not reviewing the film within 40 days of submission. The film was screened by the CBFC just two weeks ahead of its release, and the producer was asked to make 20 cuts. Nihalani accused the CBFC chairperson, Prasoon Joshi, of favoritism, saying that preferential treatment was extended to big studios. Nihalani, an ex-chairperson of CBFC, vowed to take the CBFC the Bombay High Court over its decision.
Writing for Hindustan Times, Raja Sen articulated: "For the love of Govinda, don't watch this film. Zero star. Even Govinda's patented pelvic thrusts were harmless. He was never a toxic masculine threat, no vulgarian, merely a graceful clown. Nihalani, I'm sad to report, plumbs the depths to snatch this innocence from the actor. He assaults us with images of a sickening Govinda, a performance-enhancing rapist who laughs in the face of consequences. I emerged from this film traumatised. To paraphrase a Govinda hit: ‘Ankhiyon ko goli mare.’ I want to blow my eyes out".
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- Indo-Asian News Service (13 December 2018). "Censor Board Vs Govinda's Rangeela Raja Ends, Film Cleared With 3 Cuts". NDTV. Retrieved 20 March 2019.
- Pooja Nayak (30 October 2018). "EXCLUSIVE! Pahlaj Nihalani calls out the CBFC for preferring Thugs of Hindostan over his film Rangeela Raja". Times Now. Retrieved 6 November 2018.
- Sonil Dedhia (1 November 2018). "Pahlaj Nihalani On CBFC: They Give Preferential Treatment To Big Studios". Mid-Day. Retrieved 6 November 2018.
- "Former chief Pahlaj Nihalani to take the CBFC to court". Deccan Chronicle. 4 November 2018. Retrieved 6 November 2018.
- Sen, Raja (18 January 2019). "Rangeela Raja movie review: For the love of Govinda, don't watch this film. Zero star". Hindustan Times. Retrieved 19 January 2019.