You order a plate of tandoori chicken at a restaurant. The waiter places the plate in front of you. You go, “Wow, this looks so amazing!” One bite of that succulent looking leg piece and all your happiness washes down the drain. That is Rangoon for you.
A picturesque view of the virgin state of Arunachal Pradesh, some Hollywood standard VFX work and a fine actress- Vishal Bhardwaj’s latest has nothing more to offer.
Set in pre-independent India that wanted freedom from the British Raj, the film fails to capture the fire of patriotism that people had in them during those days. The love triangle of Ms. Julia (Kangana Ranaut), Nawab (Shahid Kapoor) and Rusi (Saif Ali Khan) as well misses the bull’s eye.
In fact, munching on the popcorn in the first half listening to ‘Alvida Alvida to Nahi,’ you will surely feel that the film has come to an end. But hang on, its just the interval. And you have another hour and a half to stick yourself to the seat. Why? Because the tickets and the cheese popcorn burnt quite a handsome hole in your pocket at the end of the month.
The subplot of Gandhi Vs Bose could have gained some more prominence but hey, a love story is much more important than some political squabble.
Speaking of the acting, Kangana yet again with her finesse proved that she is the reigning Queen of B-town. Saif as the Parsi film producer and Shahid as a sergeant in the British Army did justice to their roles. Kangana and Shahid’s chemistry was commendable. But even if everything is fair in love and war, I could have lived without the passionate kisses while Japan is dropping bombs on my head.
Major General Harding, played by Richard McCabe will garner more hatred than Captain Andrew Russell (Paul Blackthorne) in Lagaan could. But his Brit-Urdu shayaris after a point of time burns the ear.
Playing to his strengths, the music of Vishal Bhardwaj is yet again soulful and foot-tapping. It would have been a hot cake if released as a music album, however, the insertion of songs in the film at the drop of an eyelid makes you say, “Ab reham karo.”
If you want to appreciate the cinematography then Rangoon can be a good watch, else a plate of actually juicy succulent chicken tandoori should take care of your weekend.
All I said leaving the theater after a tiring Friday at a work was, “Bloody hell!”
Statutory warning: All the views are that of the scribbler and as she believes films and food depend on perception, your options will be much welcome!