Rangoon – Visual Delight Falls Tad Short Of Expectations
Vishal Bhardwaj is one of those directors who accepts challenges and come up with gripping, unusual and engaging concepts. Vishal is back with Rangoon featuring Saif Ali Khan, Kangana Ranaut and Shahid Kapoor. The film has been in discussion for quite some long time now. Let’s see what Rangoon has for a cine-goer
Set in 1940’s, Rangoon is a tale of romance, sacrifice, fight for independence and hope. The period drama revolves around the two ideologies of Subhash Chandrabosh and Gandhi. Miss Julia (Kangana Ranaut) is the action queen of cinema and people love her. Julia is under the influence of a married man and her mentor Russi Billimoria (Saif Ali Khan), who also loves her. One day, Rusi is requested by a British official to arrange a few shows for the soldiers to enjoy the performance of Miss Julia. That is exactly when Julia meets Jamadaar Nawab Malik (Shahid Kapoor). What happens on the train journey changes the lives of all the three protagonists. Russi leaves his wife for Julia, Nawab falls for Julia. What happens next is what Rangoon is all about.
Kangana excels in a character where she fights, dances, does comedy, and brilliantly displays her emotional side with utmost conviction. Kangana is talented as “Bloody Hell” (ref: from the movie). Saif Ali Khan is surprisingly very calculated. Saif fits in the character of Russi effortlessly. His anger, jealousy and arrogance are worth noticing in the cinema hall. Shahid Kapoor is natural; his intense ad emotional scenes are clap-worthy.
The music of Rangoon is fairly decent and is doing well already, in the film the music helps in carrying out the movie forward. However the script of Rangoon is not as tight as any usual Vishal Bhardwaj’s film. There are rooms for improvement. Some dialogues are good but a lot better is expected from Bhardwaj.
Vishal Bhardwaj successfully recreated the era of 1940’s by showing fine things with ultimate perfection. Rangoon is good but at the box office, it might see a rough sail because of its subject. The first half is much dragged and at times one feels, it is unrealistic. When depicting a period film that is set on the grounds of realities, it is of high significance to keep it simple and believable, unfortunately Rangoon fals flat on these minute elements.
On the whole, Rangoon is a nice attempt but at the same time, it’s far behind Omkara and Haider.