CAST: Kangana Ranaut, Saif Ali Khan, Shahid Kapoor, Richard McCabe
DIRECTOR: Vishal Bhardwaj
GENRE: Romantic War Drama
Set in pre-independent India, the movie revolves around different trails of freedom amidst love and drama. On one hand where Mahatma Gandhi opted for a non-violent tactic, Subhash Chandra Bose became the front face of Indian National Army. In between all tis, the story revolves around the lady who ruled hearts in the 40’s with her daredevil attitude, Julia (Kangana), her producer Russi Billimoria (Saif) who is married and besotted with her and Jamadar Nawab Malik (Shahid) at the border who loves her to bits.
- The movie is set at the backdrop of a war and narrates a triangular love story.
- Pankaj Kumar has done an exquisite work with cinematography.
- The romantic essence flourishes within different scenes.
- Saif has delivered a razor-sharp performance, and provided an edge to the character.
- You can’t resist the charm of Kangana, as she is the soul of this movie. One place she is the child-like treat of Russi, on the other the heart of patriotic Nawab.
- Shahid Kappor is just outstanding, and gives out the “feels” through his desh-bhakti avatar.
- The love scenes are shot with an aesthetic approach, and will at a point swoon you away.
- Richard McCabe’s character as ghazal-reciting bad Brit is much more hilarious.
- Supporting cast is very interesting and holds the movie together.
- Lighting and choreography are PERFECT in every sense.
- With Rangoon, Vishal has somehow failed to create a perfect weave, and has made the story one complex mixture.
- Special effects for war scenes lack authentication.
- A messy climax might ruin your movie night.
- There’s isn’t much frame for supporting cast such as Kawaguchi, Shukla and Kumar to show their skills.
Well, the movie is a one-time watch for all the exquisite scenes, “bloody-hell” tricks of Kangana, the elegant deceit of Saif and impressive antics of Shahid.