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Rangoon  ( UA ) (2017)  (Tamil)
Rangoon can be declared as an average fair with decent work across all departments, but somehow they don't seem to add up to be labelled as a 'must watch'. 2.2 out of 5 (Average) Rangoon NOWRUNNING REVIEW | Baranidharan Sivasankaran (NOWRUNNING)
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Call it coincidence - 2 films with the same title has been released in Bollywood and Kollywood in 2017, only within a gap of a few months. And, they are 2 unique movies with different storylines and are not remakes or a dub of each other. How often do we get to run into such a trivia?

Rangoon is just a spin off on the heist went wrong movie, with smuggling and 'Rangoon' worked into the narrative for the ethos. It so reminded me of the 2009 Suriya starrer, 'Ayan'. Here, however, the story opens up with a flashback from the lead character's perspective (Gautham Karthik).

Venkat (Gautham Karthik), gets relocated from Rangoon with his family to Chennai. He loses his father to an accident at an early age and survives doing odd jobs and is one among the local street guys who wait for a chance to get into a brawl. He joins a businessman as an errand runner and steadily rises up his ranks, gaining the confidence of his employer. He is tasked to smuggle a huge quantity of gold from Rangoon to India through the 'hawala' route. The operation goes awry and things start taking turns for the worse.

The movie had some pretty decent technicalities, a story with some twists and some acceptable performances. Though it couldn't be named as anything special, director Rajkumar has played his part in etching a somewhat gripping narrative during the second half.

Gautham Karthik as the local was an apt choice for the role. Sana Makbul as Natasha, the Indian-Burmese cross bred lead girl was another pretty face with limited acting skills. However, Siddiq as Gunaseela, the cunning businessman came across as a good choice for the villain. Music by Vishal Chandrasekhar was good. Cinematography and editing were pretty decent too.

The movie's first half posed many hiccups and took some time to take off. Also, the end was a drag too. The movie, however, can be declared as an average fair with decent work across all departments, but somehow they don't seem to add up to be labelled as a 'must watch'.
Critic: Baranidharan Sivasankaran
 2.2 out of 5 (Average) 2.2 out of 5 (Average)  

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