There is love that is simmering just beneath the surface, ready to explode at a moment’s notice. At present, it is about stolen glances and stolen moments. Very soon it may bring about tears and heartbreak. But then, when have lovers thought about the future? Just now, it is just perfect, just the two of them and their own world. Rangoon’s new song ‘Ye Ishq Hai’ is the song of that love. It slowly creeps on you, it takes you over and before you know it, you are committed to it. The song has that elusive magic that only Gulzar and Vishal Bhardwaj can produce. Listen to it once and you will find yourself doing it over and over again.
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Shot aesthetically, Rangoon captures love like it is, without worrying about what Indian censors will have to say. You see Kangana and Shahid making love without inhibition, you find them in throes of passion knowing that they should not go ahead with their romance but it is bigger than both of them. Caught in the middle is Saif who is in love with Kangana but unable to stop her budding romance with Shahid.
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As the dulcet tones of Arijit Singh bring to life Gulzar’s words, let the song wash over you but don’t miss the brilliance of camera either. From the shot of Shahid and Kangana sprawled on rocks to the virgin beauty of North-East, the film manages to bring both the film’s period setting and romance to you. There are two particular scenes from the song which will stay with you — one where Kangana is lighting a candle and the other where Shahid touching her scar while she sleeps.
The film is set in the Raj era where Kangana plays an actor, Saif is a film producer while Shahid is a soldier. Directed by Vishal, Rangoon releases on February 24.