Rangoon trailer: Shahid, Kangana, Saif are intriguing in this war romance drama

Swetha Ramakrishnan

Jan,06 2017 11:45:22 IST

Bollywood has been exploring stories around love triangles for years. Some of the biggest stars owe their popularity to films on love triangles, be is Kabhi Kabhi from the 70s, to Kuch Kuch Hota Hai from the 90s, to Ishq Vshq in 2000 and more recently, Ae Dil Hai Mushkil (though that was more like a quadrilateral).

When Vishal Bhardwaj's upcoming film was announced, Rangoon, starring Saif Ali Khan, Shahid Kapoor and Kangana Ranaut, interest levels piqued. Here are three stellar actors, who will share screen space for the first time, in Bhardwaj's film, which is a period, war drama set at the backdrop of World War II during 1944.

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The poster of Rangoon. Image from Twitter.

It's natural to expect an explosive, tight script from Rangoon, due to the sheer repertoire of the people involved in the film. And in the first 30 seconds, to a minute of the trailer, you are intrigued. Rangoon is set in a time when India is at the brink of Independence. Kangana plays Julia, a fiesty actress, while Saif plays an anglicised filmmaker who falls in love with her.  Kangana meets Shahid, who plays Nawab Malik, a solider, on her way to Burma on a train.

We then see the three is various instances through the trailer as they fall in and out of love, and work through war and deceit. Rangoon will definitely grab your attention. It transports you back in time (barring some tacky CGI planes and war graphics), when romance was unwinding, conflicted instead of being instant, and when pencil mustaches were in vogue.

The fact that Shahid Kapoor, Kangana Ranaut and Saif Ali Khan play their characters to perfection is taken granted for, as is the credibility of being a Vishal Bhardwaj film. Basically, expectations are high.

Which would explain why one had a problem with the central theme of the film being romance. With such a rich historical backdrop, there could be a million directions Rangoon could have gone into. However, this is just the trailer. You definitely get a slight Inglorious Basterds feeling from this film — layers within layers, and multiple characters with a quirky treatment. Also, the film was originally supposed to be titled Julia, after Kangana's character, when Bhardwaj wrote the film after Omkara in 2007. It's completely possible that there's a lot more in the film that we aren't aware of. Picture abhi baaki hai, and all that.

Rangoon is set to release on 24 February. Watch the trailer here:

Updated Date: Jan 06, 2017 11:45 AM