Bhardwaj said that while the film's story might be fictional, it has a historical backdrop that needs to be 'shared with the present generation.'
Rangoon is my humble tribute to Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose, Indian Army: Vishal Bhardwaj
Mumbai - 25 Feb 2017 16:23 IST
Director Vishal Bhardwaj's Rangoon is a tale that combines the story of the Indian National Army and cinema together. The film has already received some positive reviews on its release, but director Bhardwaj had a more noble cause for his desire to make this film.
Speaking to the news agency PTI, Bhardwaj said that the film was his humble tribute to Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose and the fighters of the Indian National Army (INA). He said, "It is important to share this fact with the present generation. Netaji's sacrifice should come to the mainstream. The film is my humble tribute to the lesser known role played by the INA and Netaji in the form of a romance drama."
Shot in some virgin locations around Mizoram and Arunachal Pradesh, Rangoon is one of Bhardwaj's more ambitious and carefully researched projects. Speaking of the effort that has gone into the project, the director said, "But the historical reference comes as the backdrop of a love story...My intention is not to create controversy and I had gone to the INA museum and did research on the details to impart authentic look to the product."
Another historical connection to Rangoon is the depiction of the 1944 Moirang war. As Bhardwaj himself clarified, "Moirang, situated 45 km south of Imphal in Bishnupur district is the place where Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose's Indian National Army hoisted its flag for the first time in its quest for freedom. Although, Manipur was not a part of India at that time." The director had even held a special screening for the relatives and descendants of Netaji Bose a few weeks earlier.