Rangoon: A bird with weak feathers

Kangana Ranaut is not just one of the finest actors in the Hindi film industry, but she’s probably the best we have…

Rangoon is a love triangle between Jamadar Nawab Malik, Russi Billimoria and Miss Julia set against the backdrop of pre independence India when Subhash Chandra Bose set up the Indian National Army to get freedom from the British Raj. The story is appealing at first, but later the narrative stretches too much and reaches the climax which is good, but doesn’t fit here.

After films like Maqbool, Omkara, 7 Khoon Maaf, Kaminey and Haider to his credit, you definitely expect a lot from Vishal Bhardwaj and he doesn’t disappoint you a lot. But you are disappointed a bit. The dialogues create the right amount of tension, the cinematography by Pankaj Kumar is mind blowing and the locations of Arunachal Pradesh have never been seen before. But what Rangoon lacks the most, is edit, specially in the climax.

The performances, however, could not have been better. Saif Ali Khan’s Rusi Billimoria is the least written character. He does add layers to this film producer and supporter of the British Raj but doesn’t have enough screen presence to get us to be in awe of him as we are for Shahid Kapoor’s Nawab Malik. He plays the Indian soldier with the perfect amount of confidence and maturity. Kangana Ranaut plays Miss Julia and we get to see a very subtle side of her. The anger she has in her, the sense of longing and belonging and of being lost, of being a no one, of being someone else’s property and of being a dead soul in a living body are all portrayed by her without any effort.

There were three particular scenes which I really loved. One, when Miss Julia and Nawab Malik are lost and seek help from a Burmese soldier, and Kangana tries to scare him to death. Two, while walking in the forests, Miss Julia and this Burmese soldier engage in a conversation where both of them speak different languages and talk about different topics, with basically, no one understanding anything. Simple, but outright beautiful. And three, in one of the army camps, a skit is going on where Hitler is a dog and he has to pee. Now you go figure out why this scene is so good.

All in all, Rangoon is flawed film, but you cannot miss it. In fact, it is a kind if film that you don’t just want to watch once. Maybe twice, maybe a couple of times.

If I had to rate the film, 4 jobs Vishal Bhardwaj has done in this film. I have one more today, If I had to rate this film, 5-6 songs Rangoon has, and not one is out of place.

Disclaimer: All the above images have been taken from Google. None of us have been clicked/created by us. 

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