Rangoon is Shahid Kapoor’s 3rd collaboration with Vishal Bharadwaj, the Director who has scraped out of him, his career-best performances in Kaminey and in Haider. Now, from this third venture of the Director-Actor duo, there’s obviously a large pool of expectations audiences have and from reviews of the special screening that happened yesterday, it looks like Shahid is going to steal the thunder again!
While we’ve weebled on laugh riots at last weekend’s Kapil Sharma Show with Shahid and Kangana’s presence and felt the truth behind Kangana’s brutally real statements on Koffee With Karan, it’s time we uncover the film which brought all this hullabaloo together – Rangoon.
Here are a few facts about Rangoon that we feel make it a must watch!
Kangana’s character in Rangoon is largely based on ‘Fearless Nadia’
Fearless Nadia is the screen name for a Brit-Indian descent woman who was known well in the film circuit during the 1930s and 1940s when only 2-3 movies had been accesible to the masses. This woman, originally named Mary Ann Evans, was known for her multiple talents like horseriding, running and fighting in moving trains and controlling wild animals in her cinema. It’s interesting to see how Kangana depicted the character considering she’s quite jaanbaaz herself.
Vishal Bharadwaj’s film has a new Producer – Sajid Nadiadwala
The producer who brought movies like Housefull, Heyy Babyy, Kick and Baaghi to Indian cinemagoers has for the first time collaborated with a serious filmmaker “Vishal Bharadwaj”. Well, this collaboration has lent its way into awestrucking cinematography and some of Vishal’s favourite actors. Rangoon is Vishal Bharadwaj’s most expensive film till date, made with a budget of 80 crore.
Rangoon is a chance for all 3 Actors to enter the 100-Crore Club
Shahid Kapoor has earned awards and praises for all of his previous powerpact performances, but he’s yet to become the bankable producer’s actor whose movie rakes in 100 crore. So is Kangana, who has got awards for Queen and Tanu Weds Manu in the last years but none of these movies reached the 100-crore mark. Saif’s last movie Phantom made a decent run at the box office and the Tashan actor definitely looks to reach 100-crore this time with his portrayal of Rusi Billimoria.
A Japanese Actor and a British Theatre actor are also part of the Cast
In Rangoon, we also get to see Richard McCabe – a Theatre actor who appeared in films like Notting Hill, Nightwatching, Master and Commander and Mindhorn and is part of theatricles of the Royal Shakespearean Company. Satoru Kawaguchi is another international actor who has acted in Japanese movies titled Areno, At The Last Stop Called Ghost Chimney and Aikagi. Richard and Satoru both have given more than 100 days to shooting for Rangoon during which Satoru even suffered an injury.
Rangoon was Conceptualised in 2007 after the Success of Omkara but Shot only in 2015
Although Vishal Bharadwaj had conceptualised the plot and characters of the movie almost 8 years ago, it was only in 2015 that the director began its shooting schedules in Arunachal Pradesh and Assam. It is not known why he couldn’t proceed with the movie then but now that it’s shot at this scale and has released without any other hiccups is commendable.
We just can’t contain our enthusiasm for the movie and have booked our tickets already. Have you reserved yourself a seat yet?