Director Rajkumar Periyasamy seems to have learned his lessons well from his mentor, A R Murugadoss. For, he makes a solid debut in ‘Rangoon’, a film which is packed with smart writing, authentic research work, realistic characters and more importantlly, an engaging screenplay.
In association with Gautham Karthik (best performance till date and best film in his career so far) and other members of the team, the director takes us to some of the darkest corners of the city.
Venkat (Gautham Karthik) and his family, who are from Indian origin and settled in Burma, come back to Chennai in search of better livelihood.
Venkat works for a gold businessman Gunaseelan (Siddique, who delivers a brilliant performance). He is also in love with the latter’s daughter (looks gorgeous and delivers decent performance).
One day, Venkat saves the life of Gunaseelan from business rivals and realises that his boss is involved in gold smuggling.
Since the young man wants to become rich, he too steps into gold smuggling and makes fortunes. But soon, he and his friends realise that the police are after them.
Hence, they decide to wind up illegal things after doing one last smuggling, this time in a big way. When everything goes smooth, they lose the huge money they earned. What happened? Who is behind this?
The strength of ‘Rangoon’ lies in its script and execution. Director Rajkumar Periyasamy deserves kudos for this, and he can be forgiven for making the second half lose steam.
R H Vikram and Vishal Chandrasekar have delivered good musical scroe, while Anish Tharun Kumar’s cinematography has emerged as a trusted aide to the director.
‘Rangoon’ is an engaging thriller, and you may not regret watching it, even if you are not much impressed with it.
Rating: 3 out of 5