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Rangoon song: Kangana Ranaut's antics in 'Mere Piya Gaye England' add to charm of rustic song 


The new track from Vishal Bhardwaj's Rangoon pays tribute to the 1940s hit 'Mere Piya Gaye Rangoon' with a twist. 

Shriram Iyengar

The soundtrack from Vishal Bhardwaj's Rangoon is certainly making some waves. The latest song from the Kangana Ranaut-Shahid Kapoor-Saif Ali Khan film is a tribute to the song 'Mere Piya Gaye Rangoon' from Patanga (1949). 

Sung by Rekha Bhardwaj, and set to tune by Vishal, the song has Ranaut displaying some elfish charm. The opening of the video has Ranaut trying to distract an enemy soldier in Rangoon by singing the song. Gulzar's lyrics add a political element to the song, with Hitler and Churchill making an appearance in the performance.

Rangoon is a love triangle set in World War II Rangoon, and Gulzar's lyrics certainly add the nostalgic touch to the track. The score by Vishal also has a rustic charm, which fits in with its picturisation. Though Ranaut is not much of a dancer, and it shows, she does manage to carry off the song with her expressions and funny antics. 

Like the earlier song, 'Bloody Hell', 'Mere Piya Gaye England' also has Ranaut's Miss Julia performing at an army barracks, with the soldiers cheering her every move. Ranaut is every bit the performer, with Khan adding the snarl as he watches Miss Julia interact with Kapoor's subedar Nawab Malik. 

Rangoon is set to be released in theatres on 17 February.