Rangoon Movie Review
Cast: Shahid Kapoor, Kangana Ranaut, Saif Ali khan.
Director: Vishal; Bhardwaj
It may be one of the most awaited films in recent times but Rangoon is a royal misfire.
Rangoon review: Rangoon is an ambitious attempt to actually tell a triangular love story against a backdrop of war. Pankaj Kumar’s cinematography is exquisite. The narrative that marries Casablanca 1942 to Chicago 2002 wishes the music here was peppier plays out interestingly in parts. You have firm war scenes fading out to allow some naach gaana. 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 deliver but not entirely. Some frames jus 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.
Coming to saif Ali Khan his movie entrepreneur act a sharp quality and Bollywood handsome hunk Shahid is outstanding. 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.Miss Julia (Kangana Ranaut) inspired from the iconic fearless Nadia, is a to action star when the second World War begins. She is exuberant, slightly cynical and keeps repeating, ‘bloody hell’ only that her character is grating enough for the audience to say it back to her.
Julia seems to be taking a cue from the top Western heroines of the 1940s, but her feminism isn’t liberating and appears to be solely driven to prove the adage that beautiful women are dumb.
Kangana Ranaut accidently gets trapped in the beautiful jungle of Arunachal Pradesh with Cocky Jamadar Nawab Malik (shahid Kapoor), the third vertex of the love triangle. He has been a war prisoner and serves in the Queen’s army. There’s little more to Malik than his deliberate expressions and rippling muscles. 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 Kapoor and Kangana don’t ignite flames.
Until this point, Rangoon appears to be reaching a point where it could be called a love story in the backdrop of war.’
The dialogue in the film where saif tells a British officer, we’re actors, we know how to convince people. The 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.