Despite the huge hype over the movie and the mixed to positive reviews that it got, Rangoon failed to perform well at the box office. It’s not easy to pull off a period drama with a tragic ending and make it a success at the box office. On top of that, it is a Vishal Bhardwaj movie, and while they do end up being a critic’s’ darlings, general public do not venture into the theatres to watch them like they do for Sultan or Dangal.
Rangoon can be said as his most expensive movie till date considering the justice done to the World War II setting and pre-independence Day era. It also had terrific performances from the trio of lead stars, Kangana Ranaut, Shahid Kapoor and Saif Ali Khan (who, albeit, has been underused), and yet Rangoon couldn’t perform as expected.
During a recent event, popular Bollywood actress Kareena Kapoor Khan was asked by Pinkvilla about the debacle of her husband’s movie. This is what she had to say about the development, “Some movies are beyond box office collections. Vishal Bhardwaj’s movies are always a piece of art. A few movies are for the actor’s appreciation.” Vishal Bhardwaj fans would quite agree with her statement.
Kareena Kapoor had earlier been a part of Vishal Bhardwaj’s Omkara, which interestingly also had Saif Ali Khan in his finest performance as Langda Tyagi. The duo were not cast opposite each other in the movie.
Earlier during the special screening held for Rangoon, Kareena had called the movie one of the BEST films of the year. She had said, “I am expecting it to be one of the films of the year coz it’s directed by one of my favourite directors Vishal Bhardwaj who made Omkara and people are expecting a lot from the film coz Saif was so good in that film, Saif as Langda Tyagi was one of the Saif’s role iconic role and now I think Rusi Billimoria his character in Rangoon is going to be very striking coz this is the first time he is playing a Parsi .
So yes I am very excited, also this film is very emotional for me coz it’s Sajid Nadiadwala’s film, Karisma did Judwaa with him and I did Kambakkht Ishq. I normally don’t come for trials , in fact Saif told me ‘ I am quite surprised you are going’. I said, “I have to go coz it’s you, Vishal and Sajid.”