RANGOON MOVIE CAST : Saif Ali Khan, Shahid Kapoor, Kangana Ranaut
DIRECTION : Bhardwaj
DURATION : 2 hours 47 minutes
MUSIC: Vishal Bhardwaj
PRODUCER : Sajid Nadiawala, Vishal Bhardwaj
RATING : 3/5
RANGOON MOVIE STORY:
The film is a war novel established in pre-independent India. As we know, there were different strands in the movement. Mahatma Gandhi adopted ahimsa to obtain freedom; Subhash Chandra Bose was the force behind the Indian National Army which got on the front foot to kick the enemy out. While this struggle was being played, Julia (Kangana), the bold actress of the 40s ruled the hearts. Closer to home, her married producer, Russi Billimoria (Saif), is carried away by her and at the border, Jamadar Nawab Malik (Shahid) loves him to death
RANGOON MOVIE REVIEW:
Rangoon is an ambitious attempt to actually say a triangular love story against a background of war. The canvas is immense. The cinematography of Pankaj Kumar is exquisite. The narrative that marries Casablanca (1942) in Chicago (2002) – wishes the music here to be peppier – plays in an interesting way in part. You have dark scenes of war that vanish to allow a little naach-gaana. Then there is a good measure of romance thrown, although without the fire. There is also an angle of infiltration that allows the plot. Bhardwaj, whose repertoire includes some really fine works like Maqbool, Omkara, and Haider book, but not entirely. Some pictures get stuck, some scenes feel tedious. In his attempt to pack too much on war, love and deceit, the manufacturer finds himself with a random division of war scenes against love games, leaving the viewer confused.
Saif gives his film-entrepreneur an act of razor-sharp quality. And, Shahid is exceptional. Kangana of course is the piece of resistance. You may believe that two men crossed swords for her. While she is a child-woman or “kiddo” to the sophisticated Rusi, who treats her as an expensive purchase, she becomes the heartbeat of the patriotic Nawab, who loves her mind side. However, as stated above, although the love scenes are well written and aesthetically turned, they lack passion. The multiple lips between Shahid and Kangana do not light the flames.