Rangoon

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War movie, struggle for independence, love story, or all three? Rangoon cannot make up its muddied mind and ends up being neither.There are perfectly chosen and styled actors -all of them-from the …

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Rangoon

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War movie, struggle for independence, love story, or all three?

Rangoon cannot make up its muddied mind and ends up being neither.There are perfectly chosen and styled actors -all of them-from the tiniest role of a nurse to Kangana (full marks for casting and acting), delivering some good and some great performances, mouthing the occasional relevant dialogue, but otherwise held together less weakly than the rope and wood bridge that is crossed and burned.

It skims the surface for love, hate, patriotism, jealousy, neither being felt deeply enough or conveyed effectively to reach the audience. Emotions get switched on and off like a flick of a button.

Rusi Billimoria –A suave Saif Ali Khan –(acting well after ages and looking good)is a film maker, Brit supporter  and mentor and lover for Miss Julia-a suitably groomed Kangana, doing a super job. Miss Julia is  an action heroine and hugely popular. In a bid to garner further help from the Raj to get raw film stock, Rusi agrees to let his beloved Julia go to Rangoon for a morale boosting trip for the soldiers at war.

A conniving British Major General (Richard McCabe-truly despicable angrez) assures her full security (in  awful, “I’m an Indian at Heart ,Hindi .Made me want to kick him hard.)Thus goes off Ms Julia on a long train journey.Her Rusi gets left behind due to the machinations of his father and a sulking, screaming Julia meets Jamadar Nawab Malik-An extremely rugged and desirable Shahid Kapoor (I Sigh-ed lustily-a lot!), her bodyguard, who has to bodily stop her from jumping off the train.

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 The travelling troupe gets attacked by the Japanese and while saving Miss Julia and leading her to safety, Nawab and the lady develop a bond which  eventually falls in the category of Fevicol ka mazboot jod.

Running parallel to this tale is that of the Indian National Army and its growing popularity.

The three tracks are woven together looser than bad gunny bags and are interspersed with many many songs, which on their own are appealing; but as part of the film, stretch it into interminable agony. Even then “tippa” , “bloody hell” and “alvida” stayed enough to make me listen to them again without the background of the film.Gulzar Sahab’s lyrics had something to do with that as did Sunidhi Chauhan’s lovely voice.

So it drags on almost as long as WWII possibly did, in classic Vishal Bhardwaj sepia tones, across some truly beautiful locales,but with none of the gut wrenching pathos he is capable of evoking. Think Haider.

 The possibilities for this film were very bright with its stupendous cast and crew. I Guess some refresher lessons in knitting and snipping are needed.

Bloody hell-I feel bad.

Jolly LLB 2

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Beneath all the humour and ultimate justice, it is an unnerving reflection of our times and these are a horrible, almost disgusting place to be living in.Of course, we already know how this can be …

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Jolly LLB 2

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The world is bursting with dishonest people, corrupt lawyers and policemen. They have sold their soul to the devilish duo of money and power and will not hesitate a nano-second to destroy another human being for their gains. Some don’t even stop at feathering their nests by helping unfriendly neighbours rip apart the fabric of the nation.

Loyalty is only to the self. Justice is deaf as well as blind and is easily manipulated by pieces of paper….with Gandhiji on them.

So blinkered are people in their own ambitions, that they think nothing of using a less fortunate person to achieve their ends. The conscience emerges belatedly after the long, lone struggler for justice gives up at being lied to and used just for the hard earned money she can provide and ends it all. Thereafter do or die attempts at a delayed justice and redemption on part of the scheming lawyer.To achieve this too, it takes bribes,bloodshed and underhand ways to just get proof that has been suppressed.

Jolly LLB had struck a chord with audiences and critics alike with Arshad Warsi’s restrained performance, Boman Irani’s panache and a Saurabh Shukla’s superlative act of the apparently bumbling but actually hard as nails Judge Tripathy.The sequel tries hard to continue from where the supremely honest and heartfelt Jolly LLB left but falters somewhat. It loses track often due to forced and frankly unmelodious songs and superfluous, unecessary attempts at comedy.

It is  worth one watch and a fair amount of laughs as part of the dialogues and not so much the situations.

Beneath all the humour and ultimate justice, it is an unnerving reflection of our times and these are a horrible, almost disgusting place to be living in.Of course, we already know how this can be fixed, but does anyone actually want to?

Carrying over Saurabh Shukla as Justice Tripathy from Jolly LLB , the rest of the cast includes:

Akshay Kumar as Jagdish Mishra-Jolly-in an average performance largely due to not being able to carry off the UP ka lehza.That, of course is the UPite in me quibbling.He has to be lauded for his choice of films these days and is an under-appreciated actor.

Huma Qureshi as Pushpa Pande, wife of Jolly -Underutilised.

Annu Kapoor and Pramod Mathur the successful lawyer-Overacting and over emphatic but a pleasure to hear him speak just for the Hindi.

Kumud Mishra-Spot on as Suryaveer Singh the rogue cop. At first glance a rotund, pleasant person, in a second he is a menacing encounter cop-and all the changes is the expression in his eyes.

Rajiv Gupta-Jolly’s friend-Birbal.An understated, suitable performance.

Sayani Gupta-As the wronged Hina Qureshi- Authentic.

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Saurabh Shukla, for me, was the star of this film.His calibre far outdoes anybody elses in the film, barring perhaps Annu Kapoor.I did also wish that Arshad Warsi was still Jolly but well…..that’s the way it works I guess.

Watch it.At least it tries.

 

 

 

 

Be A Staunch Star

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Beyond chaos,

Distant from noise.

Dusk dulls the edges,

A lone star gives light.

 

A close. Some silence.

An evaluation here and there.

Anticipation and apprehension in parts,

What brings tomorrow?

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Rest now though.

Let the day go.

It’s not an end.

Just a pause on the bend.

 

Remember the graceful goodbye,

The staunchly shining star.

You decide your tomorrow,

You carve your path.

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