With 10 days to go for the release of Vishal Bhardwaj’s Rangoon, the actors are pretty much going all out to promote the film – which releases in theatres on February 24.
The film is a casting coup of sorts – both Shahid Kapoor and Saif Ali Khan have delivered their career-best performances in Bhardwaj films. The role of Langda Tyagi won Saif several awards and immense critical acclaim. Shahid too has been outstanding under Vishal’s direction, with flawless performances in films like Kaminey and Haider.
The two stars also have a past – what with Kareena Kapoor dating both men and eventually getting married to Saif. The whole setup becomes even more interesting with a terrific actresses like Kangana Ranaut playing the love interest of both actors in a period love-triangle set in the 2nd World War.
The positives though end there. The promos have received a mixed response and the audience, from the various surveys that we and others have done, doesn’t seem to be too interested in watching the film in theatres. The problem seems to be the dark setting, along with the ‘sensual’ almost-naked scenes which could discourage the family audience.
The costs vs hype or interest is somewhere not matching up, although critical acclaim is almost a foregone conclusion for Bhardwaj films.
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