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Updated December 17th, 2023 at 10:35 IST

Vishal Bhardwaj shares his regret about Kangana Ranaut starrer Rangoon: Should have put my foot down

In a new interviewm filmmaker, Vishal Bhardwaj ha opened up about the failure of Kangana Ranaut starrer Rangoon and admitted his mistake for the same.

A file photo of Vishal Bhardwaj.
A file photo of Vishal Bhardwaj. | Image:Instagram
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Vishal Bhardwaj helmed the 2017 war drama film Rangoon. The film featured Kangana Ranaut, Saif Ali Khan Shahid Kapoor in the lead roles. Despite a stellar cast, the film failed to do well a the box office. In a new interview movie director Vishal Bhardwaj opened up about what he regrets about the film. 

Vishal Bhardwaj talks about his regret in Rangoon 

In an interview with Midday, Vishal Bhardwaj opened up about the failure of Rangoon. He admitted that as a filmmaker he faltered two times with the film. He explained that he should not have accepted a lesser budget than he needed to make the movie and secondly, he should not have released the film without fixing the VFX in the climax scene. 

Rangoon official poster | Image: IMDb

Vishal told the publication, “I should have put my foot down in Rangoon and said I don’t care about the release date. The VFX is not right in the final scene… That kind of pressure. Everyone’s like, ‘No, it will be a huge loss…’ At that time, you should become Sanjay Leela Bhansali, no matter how much loss there is, things wouldn’t go like that.” 

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Vishal Bhardwaj admits getting overconfident after Haider’s success 

In the same conversation, Vishal also discussed the budget of Rangoon and how he accepted a lesser amount because of being overconfident. He said the film needed ₹70 crores but he settled for ₹35 crores as he felt overconfident about himself after Hider’s success. He added “You regret those decisions. I don’t regret my creative thought of Rangoon. It was very pure, very unique. But, of course, a film that should be made in Rs 70 crore, and I have decided to make it in Rs 35 crore, then I am foolish.”

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Vishal Bhardwaj file photo | Image: Instagram 

Adding to this, the director also expresses that he should have ‘disowned’ the film. He cited the example of Shekhar Kapur and mentioned, “I should have learnt something from Shekhar Kapur and disowned the movie.” He added that even the VFX supervisor on Rangoon ‘ditched him’ because he had his own short film to make. He concluded by saying, “I don’t blame others for my own mistakes.” 

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Published December 17th, 2023 at 10:25 IST

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