Bollywood Dreams [aka Rangeela] is a Bollywood musical about a young middle class named Milli (Urmilla Mathondkar) who dreams of becoming a movie star. One day out on the beach doing a dance workout she is spotted by a movie star named Rajkummar (Jackie Shroff) who suggests she try out for a role in his latest movie. She does and overnight becomes a star.
But all of this is to the chagrin of her friend Munna (Aamir Khan); a lower class street ruffian who likes Milli but cannot admit that he is in love with her. Over the course of Milli's rise to fame Munna finds himself having to compete with Rajkummar who has taken a liking to Milli. Eventually Munna must decide if he has what it takes to win her back.
The film, directed by Ramgopal Varma in 1995, is a grade B musical. There are half a dozen dancing musical numbers that add spark to the film but for the most part it is not well written or well directed. The film is very predictable, which is not surprising, but at 149 minutes [the box says 175] it plays long. It's also poorly dubbed and has an annoying uneven editing style that skips along with no care for continuity or pace.
In the film's defense it has a lot of energy and the lead characters are all pretty good looking. It also combines some of the MTV-type dance numbers with the story thus making for odd but compelling [or at least interesting] juxtapositions that I'm not so sure are intentional.
For some reason [couldn't be crass commercialism] there is a quote on the front of the box that declares the film is a worthy successor to Singin' in the Rain. This not only raises the stakes for this film but it adds the challenge of making comparisons between the two films, of which there are very little.