|Directed by||Vishal Bhardwaj|
|Produced by||Sajid Nadiadwala, Vishal Bhardwaj, Viacom 18 Motion Pictures|
|Written by||Matthew Robbins, Vishal Bhardwaj, Sabrina Dhawan|
|Starring||Shahid Kapoor, Saif Ali Khan, Kangana Ranaut|
|Music by||Vishal Bhardwaj|
|Production Company||Nadiadwala Grandson Entertainment, VB Pictures, Viacom 18 Motion Pictures|
|Release date||24 February 2017|
|Running time||2 Hours 47 Minutes|
|Rating||2.5/5 (Two and Half Star)|
Rangoon is a World War II drama primarily revolving around three characters Rusi Billimoria (Saif Ali Khan), an actor who now produces his own film, Julia (Kangna Ranaut), an actress who stars in Rusi’s movies. Incidentally, Rusi is also her mentor and lover, Nawab Malik (Shahid Kapoor), a soldier with the armed forces.
Circumstances force Miss Julia to travel and visit the jungles at the India-Burma border to entertain the English and Indian troops. This is where she meets Jamadar Nawab Malik, an Indian like so many others serving in the British army, and employed to keep his own people down. When the Japanese bomb them on their way, Malik and Julia manage to escape into Burma and, well, love blooms.
Rangoon Movie Review
Vishal Bharadwaj’s Rangoon, has been one of the most talked about projects. There is a love triangle, world was 2, Indian freedom struggle and above all a poetic symbolism dealing with all the above that makes it chaotic. Vishal Bhardwaj, caught with the duty to serve two movies in one (an old-school romance and a war thriller), doesn’t really do a Casablanca though he does give Rangoon his best shot.
The three protagonists Kangna Ranaut, Shahid Kapoor and Saif Ali Khan deliver their best performances even in a plot that sometimes curbs them. Kangana Ranaut does a great job as Julia. She pulls of the character’s braveheart nature, insecurities and fearless loving with much ease.
Shahid Kapoor is a man on a mission and nothing can distract him, not even love. He gives in to his instincts of passion, but not even a damsel in distress, who he also loves, can take his eye off his real goal. His flexed muscles, hardened soldier look, work its charm for most of the time.
Saif’s character could have been fleshed out more. He may be arrogant and is cahoots with the enemy, but he is in love with Julia so much that he is willing to go against his affluent family. But the writers chose to focus more on Julia and Nawab, that his character nearly ends up as a sneering antagonist.
Pankaj Kumar’s camera work effortlessly captures the hues of the forest, the pristine green waters of the river as well as the dark grey clouds that are a metaphor for the looming doom for some of the characters. The background score is simply superb.
Rangoon is not one of Vishal Bhardwaj’s best. Kangana Ranaut’s stellar performance and Cinematography are the highlights of the film. You will not regret if you don’t watch. 2.5 (Two and Half Star) out of 5 star for this.