Review of the film Mission Raniganj: Akshay Kumar’s disaster thriller is more disaster than thriller, and it fails to match the visual splendor of Amitabh Bachchan’s Kaala Patthar from 1979.

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1989 was the year that West Bengal’s Raniganj avoided a major rainstorm. Jaswant Singh Gill (Akshay Kumar), who would later be known as “Capsule Gill,” bravely averted the calamity after the water remained silent beneath for months before flooding in. This is the account of the catastrophes coal miners experienced.

A watergate is broken while blasting the underground walls, allowing the harsh inflow to endanger the lives of 65 miners. Jaswant becomes involved in the politics of how to handle this mission so that it could help the political parties as they seek for a new lease of life. The core of the tale is how he battled the system, making the most of the resources at hand, and completing a task that even Tom Cruise would have found impossible.

Before people criticize me for criticizing the movie, keep in mind that my complaint is of the manner it was done; the Jaswant Singh Gill tale has always been compelling. My critique is directed at Akshay Kumar’s model of making “limited efforts,” because “laanat hai tum par” if a movie can’t be finished in 45 days. Because growing a beard naturally instead of donning an artificial one would have needed some work, the creators didn’t even bother to match the beard’s style.

Ravi Kishan has done nothing but scream at the top of his lungs, but the green screen yells louder. Every shot makes the distinction between backdrop and foreground exceedingly evident, making the green screen more obvious than ever.  It also looks like Akshay has shot many scenes alone, with the director stitching his scenes with others’ using some choppy editing tricks.

Yes, it is a low-budget movie, but that is not a justification for serving such subpar VFX while claiming to be telling a “real-life, heroic” story! A timeless film from 1979 was Kaala Patthar. The Amitabh Bachchan-starring film, which came out 40 years ago, was superior in every way (even visually).

 

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