Review Of Rangoon – A Romantic War Drama
Rangoon is a triangular love story, a war-romance, against the backdrop of the pre-independent war. Directed by Vishal Bharadwaj and produced by Sajid Nadiawala, the movie Rangoon is studded with stars like Kangana Ranaut, Shahid Kapoor and Saif Ali Khan in the lead roles.
The film rotates around a parsi film maker Russi Billimoria (Saif Ali Khan), a popular stunt heroine Miss Julia (Kangana Ranaut) and a patriotic Indian soldier Nawab Malik (Shahid Kapoor). The vertex of this triangle is the petite Kangana.
Julie accidentally gets lost in the jungles of Arunachal Pradesh with a patriotic Indian soldier Jamadar Nawab Malik (Shahid Kapoor). He has been a war prisoner and serves in the Queen’s army. There’s little more to Malik than his deliberately hardened expressions and rippling muscles.
With a chunk of romance and love scenes thrown in, director Vishal Bhardwaj is unable to ignite the passion. Bhardwaj, with his works like Maqbool, Omkara and Haider, has failed to derive a positive reaction for this film from the audience. The highlights of ‘Rangoon’ are the song-and- dances where Bhardwaj manages in creating drama through melody and verse. The sound of a train engine transforms into a song like ‘Aao na’ from Haider, symbols like the ‘pink buffalo’ in Matru Ki Bijli Ka Mandola and some scenes out of Mad Max: Fury Road can be found in the movie.
Bhardwaj tries to merge both ‘Shakespearean tragedies’ and ‘daring lovers’ of the Indian cinema, in the end. Whatever hard work was done, in building a world of romance, was shattered into pieces.
Saif gives his movie-entrepreneur act a razor-sharp quality. Shahid is outstanding while Kangana, of course, is a stand-out performer. Her body language and action sequences are just electrifying.