Rangoon - External Reviews

wogma rating: The keen should rent; else TV (?)
quick review:

The tiny step Bharadwaj takes towards Shakespeare is worth an applause, and a second-viewing too. Even so, the writing though has miles to go.



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35 reviewers have given Rangoon an average rating of 2.6/5.0 (?)

10 yays
9 nays
16 so-so

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Thumbs up by Taran Adarsh, Bollywood Hungama ...On the whole, RANGOON is an epic love saga with strong emotional quotient, riveting second hour and nail-biting finale. Watch it for its layered plot, serpentine twists, proficient storytelling and bravura performances. A content-driven film that’s worth a recommendation! - See more at: http://www.bollywoodhungama.com/movie/rangoon/critic-review/#sthash.5ozLXmyQ.dpuf... full review

Thumbs up by Rashma Shetty Bali, Bollywood Life ...If you are a Vishal Bhardwaj fan, let us warn you that this might not be his best, but we bet you’ll see another kind of a storyteller here. And yes, he does deliver a movie that is embedded with fine performances from the cast and great visuals by cinematographer Pankaj Kumar and that makes the movie deserving of a watch despite its flaws. ... full review

Thumbs up by Pearl Sahni, Desi Martini ...Apart from this, another reason for loving this movie is because it is different. It will make you think and keep you interested(2nd half). It will force you to be involved and be very careful of every dialogue being spoken. It speaks about self love and love for the nation. ... full review

Thumbs up by Rohini Nair, FirstPost ...But while it lasts, what an experience Rangoon is. Leave aside the mechanics of war and history (on which it scores a few solid points), on love — of the controlling sort, of the dependent sort, of the unfulfilled and forbidden sort — Vishal Bhardwaj’s film is a gem. ... full review

Thumbs up by Josh, fullhyd.com ...Bhardwaj fills his film with quirky songs, a bejewelled and possibly enchanted sword, air raids, opium bribes, deep friendships, deeper allegiance to the soil... and they all work! This film is not Matru Ki Bijlee Ka Mandola. It doesn't feel schizophrenic. It doesn't feel incongruous. It flows like a stream down a hill - fast, steady, and convoluted. ... full review

Thumbs up by Saibal Chatterjee, NDTV ...Rangoon is wholeheartedly recommended but with a rider: it isn't a stroll in the park because it demands patience and concentration. It definitely helps that the cinematography (by Pankaj Kumar) is so lustrous that you simply cannot take your eyes off the screen. ... full review

Thumbs up by Raja Sen, Rediff ...As the credits used to say back in the day at the close of a spectacular film, 'Remember, it's a Vishal Bhardwaj creation.' ... full review

Thumbs up Sify Movies ...Overall, Rangoon masterfully weaves a drama that keeps you enraptured till the very end. ... full review

Thumbs up by Meena Iyer, Times of India ...There’s a dialogue in the film where Saif tells a British officer, “We’re actors, we know how to convince people.” That isn’t entirely true here. Borrowing Julia’s oft-repeated phrase, “Bloody hell’, one wishes these three had truly dropped their guard. It would’ve certainly added more rang to this movie extravaganza. ... full review

Thumbs up by Ritika Handoo, ZEENEWS.COM ...Do watch the film for a cinematic brilliance by the storytelling expert Vishal Bhardwaj. ... full review

So-So by Anna MM Vertticad, annavetticadgoes2themovies ...Still, Ranaut is remarkable playing the sort of character no Hindi film leading lady has been given for decades now. A big bow to Bhardwaj for that, and to the actress for choosing a path advocated by Gandhi, being the change she clearly wants to see in Hindi cinema. This action queen deserved a more vibrant film though. ... full review

So-So by Bobby Sing, Bobby Talks Cinema.com ...Summing up, RANGOON can only be seen for Kangan Ranaut alone and nothing else to be fair in a costly multiplex. And no it doesn't generate any patriotic feeling at all with a completely filmy finale. I didn’t mind watching the film at a surprising ticket price of just Rs.120 in a leading multiplex of Delhi in the very first show. But anything above than 100-120 for this RANGOON will be a sheer exploitive loot offering much less in return. ... full review

So-So by Subhash K Jha, Bolly Spice ...Kangana and Shahid are extraordinarily at-home in expressing the eruption of unpremeditated passion. Their scenes together are magically shot by cinematographer Pankaj Kumar and are elevated further to a level of liberating lyricism by Vishal Bhardwaj’s serene background score. ... full review

So-So by Rohit Bhatnagar, Deccan Chronicle ...Rangoon is definitely not avoidable but it is certainly not a Vishal Bhardwaj masterpiece. Watch the film for its performances and if you come to know whether it is a war film or a love story, then please post your comments in the section below. ... full review

So-So by Bhavini Trikha, Desi Martini ...At the end You will move out of the hall, with mixed feelings for the movie. ... full review

So-So by SmitaVKumar , Desi Martini ...I guess sometimes a creator so falls in love with his own creation that he fails to see its fatal flaws. That may be the case with this film. However, I would say Rangoon is worth a watch for Kangana and the delicious first half. Miss Julia will win you heart, bloody hell! ... full review

So-So by Samedha Arora, Desi Martini ...I’ll give a kudos to the Rangoon makers for the exuberant theme, but that topsy turvy narrative could be avoided. Apart from that, there is no reason to avoid Rangoon, it’s a fair deal for a good cinema experience. ... full review

So-So by Ameet Bhuvan, Desi Martini ...It is the second half, the climax in particular that the film absolutely derails , meandering labourously to a facile tackily filmed climax that doesn't do justice to either the actors or the directors calibre. Yet this flaw can be overlooked for the rest of the movie is so pitch perfect that one can't but fall in love with it.At a never ending almost three hours, the film drags and indulges beyond need. Yet it is worth the trip to the movie halls for the sheer honesty of the effort. go for it. ... full review

So-So by Rachit Gupta, Filmfare ...While the actors give it their best shot, Rangoon just isn’t able to tell its story with consistency. The movie tries to pack in too many set pieces and ideas in one narrative. Its choice of keeping the love triangle with jealousy and sacrifice isn’t the most inspired piece of writing either. Rangoon looks like a beautiful picture but it offers very little soul to support its epic goals. ... full review

So-So by Yatin Sharma, Glamsham.com ...A confession : I am trying to remember RANGOON as a Vishal Bhardwaj's film since last night but repeatedly failing to do so. May be you can. ... full review

So-So Indicine ...Conclusion: Rangoon is a film that should be applauded more for its intentions rather than its execution. The love triangle, which is the basic plot device of the movie, doesn’t overpower the other proceedings in the movie. Yes, more time should have been delved in the freedom struggle movement. Eventually, Rangoon delivers a crisp second half which almost negates the slow first half of world building. Lovers of serious cinema who want a bit of meat in their movies, should definitely check out Rangoon because movies of this sort are few and far in between. If entertainment is what you seek out of films, then Rangoon isn’t for you. ... full review

So-So by Mayank Shekhar, MiD DAY ...This hardly does justice to Julia, whether or not she's based on Fearless Nadia. I actually wanted to know about her; much more. Or I'm probably saying this 'coz Kangy (Kangana) is just so frickin' dandy! ... full review

So-So by Joginder Tuteja, Movie Talkies ...Rangoon does deserve an acknowledgment for sure.... full review

So-So by Kunal Guha, Mumbai Mirror ...With a runtime of 167 minutes, this saga risked deflating into a snooze fest. But barring parts in the second half, where the film seemed to slip away, it's largely bearable, if not wildly enjoyable. ... full review

So-So by Sarita A Tanwar, naachgaana.com ...Rangoon is a mighty effort and worth seeing once. ... full review

So-So by Rajeev Masand, News18.com ...In the end, the film is neither entirely satisfying as a compelling romance, nor as a stirring patriotic drama about the role of the Indian National Army in India’s freedom struggle. Vishal makes an ambitious attempt to deliver a sweeping epic, but on a scale of Saat Khoon Maaf to Maqbool, this one sits somewhere in between. I’m going with two and a half out of five. ... full review

Thumbs down by Johnson Thomas, Free Press Journal ...Bharadwaj’s direction is off kilter here. There are far too many stand-offs and the logical flow sucks.... full review

Thumbs down by Rohit Vats, Hindustan Times ...At 167 minutes, Rangoon isn’t only long but painful. And this isn’t the pain of love. And it doesn’t end in pleasure. ... full review

Thumbs down by Suhani Singh, india today ... The overblown and protracted climax, with a touch of Tarantino thrown in, makes one giggle. And no it's not Bhardwaj flashing his sardonic humour card which he does rarely here. The filmmaker does seem short on ideas as evident in how often Julia uses the phrase "Bloody Hell". By the end of Rangoon, viewers are likely to use it to sum up the film. ... full review

Thumbs down by Surabhi Redkar, koimoi ...Rangoon is no masterpiece. It fails to rise above Vishal’s imagination of cinema. Lengthy and forced, it is a confused war-love-freedom struggle drama.... full review

Thumbs down by Manisha Lakhe, Now Running.com ...I tried, really hard to feel for the star and the soldier and drown in their mooch-filled kisses. But couldn't. Shakespeare must be sighing in his grave, 'This time Vishal Bhardwaj's story is out of joint indeed!' ... full review

Thumbs down by Sukanya Verma, Rediff ...Bhardwaj’s exquisite rendering of the Azad Hind Fauj version of Jana Gana Mana, which can also be heard in the charged opening credits of Ashok Kumar’s Samadhi, makes a stirring case for this hasty transformation. ... full review

Thumbs down by Nandini Ramnath, Scroll.in ...Rangoon is a fabulously filmed period drama about the intersection of cinema and nationalism, but it remains at the crossroads where other Bhardwaj’s titles can be found. The 167-minute movie is neither wholly satisfying nor capable of being dismissed entirely.... full review

Thumbs down by Namrata Joshi, The Hindu ...Ranaut swings between over-the-top and measured. Shahid is dependable and Saif is a revelation despite his intermittent presence. Bhardwaj casts interesting people in bit roles — Pooja Sarup and Atul Kumar as the Hitler-bashing troupe artistes. But then, in embracing a more mainstream narrative he also falls prey to some of its most terrible elements. ... full review

Thumbs down by Karan Bali, Upper Stall ...All in all, Rangoon is a dull film that has little going for it considering the talent involved. It also fails as an intended tribute for the brave men and women of the INA. For a time pass film with the INA as a backdrop,... full review