24 Feb, 2017 2 hrs 47 mins U/A
Kangana Ranaut, Shahid Kapoor, Saif Ali Khan, Satish Shah, Esha Gupta
Kangana Ranaut, Shahid Kapoor, Saif Ali Khan, Satish Shah, Esha Gupta
Vishal Bhardwaj
Rangoon is an ambitious attempt to actually tell a triangular love story against the backdrop of war.

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Rangoon Story: The film is a war-romance set in pre-independent India. As is known, there were differing strands in the movement. Mahatma Gandhi adopted ahimsa to get freedom; Subhash Chandra Bose was the force behind the Indian National Army that got on the front foot to boot the enemy out. Even as this strife played out, Julia (Kangana), the daredevil actress of the 40's ruled hearts. Closer home, her married producer Russi Billimoria (Saif) is besotted with her and at the border, Jamadar Nawab Malik (Shahid) loves her to death.

Rangoon Review: Rangoon is an ambitious attempt to actually tell a triangular love story against the backdrop of war. The canvas is huge. Pankaj Kumar’s cinematography is exquisite. The narrative that marries Casablanca (1942) to Chicago (2002) — wish the music here was peppier — plays out interestingly in parts. You have grim war-scenes fading out to allow some naach-gaana. Then there is a good measure of romance thrown in, albeit without the fire. Also there is also an infiltrator angle that allows for intrigue. Bhardwaj, whose repertoire includes truly-fine works like Maqbool, Omkara, and Haider delivers, but not entirely. Some frames just hang, some scenes feel tedious. In his attempt to pack in too much on war, love and deceit, the maker ends up with some haphazard division of war scenes versus love games, leaving the viewer muddled.

Saif gives his movie-entrepreneur act a razor-sharp quality. And, Shahid is outstanding. Kangana of course is the piece de resistance. You can believe that two men would cross swords for her. While she is a child-woman or “kiddo” to the sophisticated Rusi, who treats her like an expensive buy, she becomes the heartbeat of the patriotic Nawab, who loves her spirited side. However, as pointed out earlier on, though the love scenes are written well and aesthetically shot, they lack passion. The multiple lip-locks between Shahid and Kangana don’t ignite flames.

There’s a dialogue in the film where Saif tells a British officer, “We’re actors, we know how to convince people.” That isn’t entirely true here. Borrowing Julia’s oft-repeated phrase, “Bloody hell’, one wishes these three had truly dropped their guard. It would’ve certainly added more rang to this movie extravaganza.

Also Read: Rangoon Review in Hindi

Also Read: Rangoon Review in Bengali
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Avg Users’ Rating 3.5/5 ( 65 users )
Anu Malik
very bad movie
Mazdiyar Surti
High on expectations, but failed to impress the masses<br/>Such a power packed star cast, could have been given a better ending.
Ambika Prasad Mahapatra
&quot;Rangoon&quot;, like every Vishal Bhardwaj movie tries to go deep into complex human relationships, love and passion for relationship. It is one more bold attempt by a Director who doesn''t take assured routes of &quot;happy endings&quot;, &quot;boy gets girl&quot;, &quot;one man army destroying evil empire of menacing villains&quot; or &quot;victory of an underdog against all odds&quot; to search for Box Office Success. <br/>But unfortunately, it ends up no where close to his masterpieces like &quot;Maqbool&quot; or &quot;Omkara&quot; or &quot;Haider&quot;.The movie fails to rise above the average and struggles to pick a definite road to cater to either class or mass. It is a real pity that the movie turns out as a disappointing fare considering it has three of the most talented mainstream actors to carry it and all of them have given superb performances. Saif as the restrained selfish and manipulative lover, Shahid as the man with raw passion for both Country and lady love and Kangana as the fearless girl with a flair for daredevil acts and yet with a vulnerable heart, in love with two men with varying reasons and compulsions are brilliant. Yet, the movie fails to engage. The movie lacks either the flow or the grip. Perhaps the biggest reason for failure of the movie is inability of the Director to make up his mind about the central plot of the movie. The Director fails to let the audience know whether it is a movie about freedom struggle or nationalism or patriotism or a love story. The movie doesn''t carry a sharp focus and hence ends up as a collage of a few shots, some of which aimed at whipping the patriotic fervour in audience and the rest trying to showcase the love and passion between two of the leading characters. The movie, in its struggle to make its journey with the two confusing main planks, ends up getting bumpy, lengthy and at times (surprising for a Vishal Bhardwaj movie) devoid of logic and believability. The climax of the movie, just like the movie itself, lacks creativity and resembles climax of a few mediocre action movies of the 80s. To sum up, Rangoon is an average output from a brilliant Director with good intention, brilliant actors and big budget.
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