The previews of Rangoon started on Tuesday, and the reports are encouraging. It is being said that this love triangle set during World War II could well be filmmaker Vishal Bhardwaj’s first profit earner.
For all the acclaim that his films are garnered so far, none has been a profitable venture for its producers. Says a producer who has collaborated with Bhardwaj, “Vishal’s films are critical blockbusters but commercial failures.”
Rangoon, say preview audiences has a commercial spin to the tale. Says film critic Raja Sen, “I think it could be a commercial success. It is a proper solid entertainer. Definitely Bhardwaj at his most accessible.”
The question is, would the Indian audience care for a film about an actress from the 1940s (suspiciously similar to Fearless Nadia) who is escorted to the borders to entertain war-time soldiers, as much as they warmed up a few weeks ago, to a film about a lawyer from Lucknow who discovers his dormant humanism when an innocent man is gunned down by the cops?
So will the film do well?
“We all want every movie to do well,” says Atul Mohan diplomatically sounding not too convinced.
The film’s principal actors desperately need a hit. Kangna Ranaut’s last film Katti Batti was a flop. Saif Ali Khan’s last four releases have crashed. Only Shahid Kapoor had a kind of success with his last film Udta Punjab.
Rangoon won’t have the crowds clamouring to get into theatres. But if they read and hear good things about it they won’t mind making that trip to their nearest theatre.
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