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#Historic: Kangana Ranaut, Vishal Bhardwaj and a forgotten history

She’s the toast of Indian cinema following a fabulous year on the big screen and the offers are – fittingly – pouring in for Kangna Ranaut.

The 28-year-old beauty has reportedly signed up for acclaimed director Vishal Bharadwaj’s highly-anticipated war drama ‘Rangoon’.

It’s a mouth-watering prospect for fans of Ranaut and Bhardwaj.

The director has a knack for wringing out the very best from his actors and it will be interesting to see just what he can bring out of one of the most versatile young actresses in Bollywood at the moment.

Ranaut won critical acclaim for her role as a jilted young bride in the 2014 hit ‘Queen’ and is currently basking in the glow of widespread praise for her double role in ‘Tanu Weds Manu Returns’.

In ‘Rangoon’, Ranaut will be joined by Bharadwaj’s “muse” Shahid Kapoor and Saif Ali Khan, two actors who have given arguably their finest performances in Bharadwaj classics: Kapoor in 2014’s ‘Haider’ and Khan in the even more unforgettable 2006 tragedy ‘Omkara’.

Bharadwaj says ‘Rangoon’ will be his most expensive to-date, which is unsurprising given the subject matter.

According to reports, the film is set against the backdrop of World War 2, specifically Britain’s astonishingly bloody campaign to fight off the Japanese advancement into India.

The weary British had to contend with a capable and efficient Japanese military machine which also had the backing of none other than Indian independence hero Subhash Chandra Bose and his Indian National Army.

Bharadwaj says it is an historical episode that many have forgotten.

“If you visit a cemetery in Imphal, Manipur, you will see the graves of so many young soldiers who lost their lives in the Second World War”, he told the Mumbai Mirror.

“And the dark irony is that Indians were killing Indians because some of these soldiers fought for the British army against Subhash Chandra Bose’s Indian National Army in Rangoon.”

‘Rangoon’ is set to begin filming in 2016.

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