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Saif Ali Khan plays a wealthy Parsi filmmaker in Vishal Vishal Bhardwaj’s Rangoon, which also stars Shahid and Kangana and released in theatres on Friday, February 24.
Vishal Bhardwaj’s Rangoon, starring Shahid Kapoor, Kangana Ranaut and Saif Ali Khan, released on Friday, February 24, and has received a mixed response from the audience. People are lauding the fine performances by the cast.
Saif has delivered a stupendous performance as Rusi Billimoria – a wealthy Parsi filmmaker – who leads a royal lifestyle and believes that British rule is the best for India’s growth. Although he is suave and romantic, his actions are also rough and violent.
This is Saif’s second outing with Bhardwaj, with whom he earlier worked in Omkara, an adaptation of Shakespeare’s Othello. If you have watched Omkara – the brilliant masterpiece – you will surely agree that Saif had delivered his best performance in his then career span of 13 years. Although the actor didn’t play the lead character, he had a prominent role and broke the impression of being an average actor. In Rangoon too, the charming Nawab of Pataudi leaves everyone in awe with his remarkable and hard-hitting acting chops.
Director Vishal Bhardwaj’s Casablanca-like love story, Rangoon, promises its viewers a ride to the British-ruled India, at the brink of the Second World War. The film was a journey for its artistes and crew members who toiled to recreate the era with costumes, dialogue and picturesque locations.
Shahid Kapoor in a soldier’s uniform, Kangana Ranaut in her vintage dresses and Saif Ali Khan in his fitted pants and suits bore the brunt of what they felt was the toughest schedule of their lives.Rangoon was shot in Arunachal Pradesh whose weather never fails to surprise.The artistes were greeted with torrential rain, followed by a drop in temperature and ice-cold breeze. If the state offered great landscape, it lacked network, civilisation in most pockets and toilets. It was also difficult to travel from one point to another. Vishal reasons, “I like to keep my cinema as realistic as possible.We had to depict the Rangoon border of that era. The raw, unchartered terrains of Arunachal Pradesh were the closest we could get.“
Kangana learnt to juggle knives and ride a horse for a 30 second shot. She plays the fiery actress, Miss Julia.While playing the nation’s heartthrob, Kangana was reminded of herself when she’d debuted in the movies.She says, “Rangoon has a Broadway-like treatment.