Rangoon plays in theatres without censor certificate and anti-tobacco short film, annoys CBFC

Rangoon plays in theatres without censor certificate and anti-tobacco short films, serious offence says CBFC.

Kangana Ranaut’s latest film Rangoon is not doing great at the box office (Rangoon hasn’t collected even Rs 50-crores in India, even after a week of release), the leading stars have been criticized for putting up a lackluster performance, and now the film could find itself in a legal mess as they are not adhering to certification guidelines, thus annoying the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC).

Vishal Bhardwaj directed Rangoon is playing in theatres without a censor certificate and the mandatory anti-tobacco short films.

“It has been brought to our notice that Rangoon has been playing in theatres across the country and outside India without the censor certificate and without the anti-smoking short films, which are compulsory for all films that show actors smoking and/or drinking. Rangoon had many scenes showing the main leads indulging in serious substance abuse. We asked the makers to put a disclaimer ahead of the opening credits. That disclaimer has gone missing. Now, we have been informed that the anti-smoking films do not play at the beginning and after the intermission. And also that the censor certificate is not flashed at the start, as per law. These are serious offences,” Pahlaj Nihalani, chairperson of the CBFC.

Rangoon movie review: Lengthy, demands patience and concentration

Rangoon movie reviewby top critics…

Ratings:4/5 Review By:Saibal Site:NDTV
Rangoon suffers a fair bit on account of its marathon, energy-sapping length and its disappointingly facile climax. But nothing can undermine its power as a risky but worthwhile cinematic idea that has been executed with flair and gumption. 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.

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Ratings:4/5 Review By:Taran Adarsh Site:Bollywood Hungama
Frankly, RANGOON is a complex film and it does take time to dissolve oneself wholly in the world of Rusi, Julia and Nawab. Thankfully, there’s much meat in the second half. The myriad emotions [love, jealousy, betrayal], the sequence of events in the second half, the nail-biting finale. 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!

Ratings:3.5/5 Review By:Meena Iyer Site:Times Of India
Bhardwaj, whose repertoire includes truly-fine works like Maqbool, Omkara, and Haider delivers, but not entirely. Some frames just hang, some scenes feel tedious. In his attempt to pack in too much on war, love and deceit, the maker ends up with some haphazard division of war scenes versus love games, leaving the viewer muddled.

Ratings:1.5/5 Review By:Shubhra Gupta Site:Indian Express
The intention of Vishal Bharadwaj’s ambitiously mounted film is clear: to weave the skeins of love and war in order to make a movie full of throbbing passion and grand statements. But the execution never quite matches up, the gap narrowing in just a few places, in the second half.

Ratings:2/5 Review By:Rohit Site:Hindustan Times
It’s an ambitious film where Bhardwaj wants to merge two worlds: One inspired from Shakespearean tragedies and other motivated by the valiant lovers of the Indian cinema. In the end, neither comes alive on screen – on top of it a messy climax that topples whatever hard work was done building a world of romance.

Ratings:4/5 Review By:Rashma Site: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.

Rangoon Story:
“Rangoon” is an epic love story, set in the jungles of India-Burma border where Kangana entertains the English and Indian troops. In the midst of battles and betrayals, Julia (Kangana Ranaut) falls in love with a young Indian soldier Nawab (Shahid Kapoor), and learns some bitter truths about the dream of Indian independence. Battle lines are drawn when her mentor and lover Rusi (Saif Ali Khan) learns of the torrid love affair.

Director: Vishal Bhardwaj
Producer: Sajid Nadiadwala, Vishal Bhardwaj, Viacom 18 Motion Pictures
Cast: Kangana Ranaut, Saif Ali Khan, Shahid Kapoor
Run Time: 2 hours and 34 Minutes

Watch: Rangoon Trailer (New extended trailer)

‘Tippa’ song from the movie is a remake of Vishal and Gulzar’s old title track of ‘Alice In Wonderland’, a Japanese television series that was dubbed in Hindi.


Watch: Tippa song from Rangoon – Sukhwinder Singh, Rekha Bhardwaj, Sunidhi Chauhan. The song has been choreographed by Farah Khan.

Vishal Bhardwaj doesn’t mind using (rehashing) his earlier compositions. The Tippa song is not the first time that Vishal has remade one of his older songs. The famous ‘Dhan te nan’ (featuring Shahid Kapoor) from ‘Kaminey’ was also a rehashed version of a song that Vishal had composed for a television serial called ‘Gubbare’.

Bloody Hell song, featuring Kanagana Ranaut, from ‘Rangoon’. Norway-based choreographer, Sudesh Adhana had trained Kangana Ranaut for the song.

Watch: Bloody Hell Video Song, sung by Sunidhi Chauhan and composed by Vishal Bhardwaj.

Directed by Vishal Bhardwaj, Rangoon is an intense love triangle, set against the backdrop of World War II. Rangoon has been described as a Moulin Rouge meets Saving Private Ryan by Vishal who has nurtured this idea for seven years.

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