Rangoon (2017 Tamil film)
|Directed by||Rajkumar Periasamy|
|Produced by||AR Murugadoss|
Fox Star Studios
|Written by||Rajkumar Periasamy|
|Music by||Original songs:|
|Cinematography||Anish Tharun Kumar|
|Edited by||Prasanna GK|
AR Murugadoss Productions
Fox Star Studios
Rangoon is a 2017 Indian Tamil-language action crime drama film written and directed by Rajkumar Periasamy and produced by AR Murugadoss. The film features Gautham Karthik and Sana Makbul in the lead roles. It was the fifth joint venture of AR Murugadoss Productions and Fox star Studios. The film turned out to be the first hit film for Gautham Karthik.
Venkat (Gautham Karthik) hails from Myanmar's Rangoon which is presently Yangon. He lives as a Tamil Burma repatriate in a neighbourhood called Annai Sivagami Nagar also known as Burma Nagar in Ennore, Chennai. His family, in search of livelihood has migrated from his birth place Myanmar to this neighbourhood of Chennai(his homeland) where lots of such tamil-Burma repatriates live . Venkat, grows as an irresponsible youth and now is a college dropout who is looking for a job somewhere. Through his childhood friend Atho Kumar he gets an employment under Mr. Gunaseelan, a respected businessman in the neighbourhood. His job is to attarct passers by to the small second hand gold shop. He grows as a trustworthy aide to Gunaseelan a.k.a Siya who is a second hand gold dealer of chennai’s wholesale gold market, Sowcarpet. At one instance, Venkat saves the life of Gunaseelan from a murder attempt. This garners a promotion for Venkat. Venkat is promoted as the sole manager for Gunaseelan’s import-export gold shop. The shop only on the outlook is an import-export shop but underneath a back gate for the city’s gold smuggling wing. Meanwhile he meets a club singer Natasha and falls in love with her. She speaks sense into Venkat and tries to pull him out of smuggling and illegal trading. He decides to do one last job.
Venkat with his closest friends of life, Atho Kumar and Tiptop, he indulges in Gold smuggling to clear the debts of his boss with the profits earned. In the same motive, he along his friends travels to Myanmar, his birthplace on a smuggling deal in an illegal route via road crossing the borders, for his boss.
The fancy looking street smart deal of Venkat goes awfully wrong as Venkat’s money earned mysteriously goes missing in Yangon, Myanmar at the end and brings disgrace to him and his boss amidst traders in the Chennai market.
Venkat in order to clear further debts indulges in kidnap and ransom demanding. In a mishap they accidentally shoot the kidnapped kid. Things go awry. Further plot unfolds the mystery and the blatant truth is shown to Venkat. His learning from the experiences of a unique childhood, friendship, betrayal & a prison sentence makes him a learned man.
After four years, Venkat gets released from jail, starts his own small jewellery shop in the name of his father. Now he faces life with hope and faith, as a reformed man of mid twenties.
- Gautham Karthik as Venkat
- Sana Makbul as Natasha
- Daniel Annie Pope as Tiptop a.k.a Sasi
- Lallu as Atho Kumar a.k.a Kumaran
- Siddique as Siya a.k.a Gunaseelan
- Anand as DRI officer Syed Nawazuddin
- Shreekumar as Kesavan
- Sripriya as Indirani, Venkat's mother
- Upasana as Renu, Venkat's sister
- Prashanth Nair as Nirmal Thomas
- Supergood Subramani as Manohar
- Ruthru Kumar as Pillaiyar Manivannan
- Sathyajith as Natasha's father
- Sindhu Shyam Ganesh as Esther Thomas
- Raneesh as Shanmugham
The project was first announced in August 2014, with AR Murugadoss revealing that he would produce a film titled Rangoon directed by his Thuppakki film's associate director Rajkumar Periasamy, which would feature Gautham Karthik in the lead role. Initially Anirudh Ravichander was rumoured to be the film's music composer as he was working with AR Murugadoss together on the mass commercial film titled Kaththi at that time. But then the crew was comprised mostly of newcomers. Songs were composed by RH Vikram who had earlier assisted G. V. Prakash Kumar. Anish Tharun Kumar an upcoming cinematographer was fixed to man the camera. Vishal Chandrasekhar scored the background score of the film. He also did two songs which made to the film's album. The film went onto floors in 2015. This crime thriller was filmed in many real locations of Chennai and Myanmar. Though Rangoon has a broader setting like Myanmar, Chennai city's northern parts' live locations, Indo-Myanmar borders the production was completed on a low budget.  
Release and Reception
The film released after facing a bit of delay due to Gautham Karthik's previous films' performances in the market. The film released on June 9th, 2017. It opened to positive reviews due to its realistic portrayal and the same being a racy thriller with twists and turns as the film progressed, it turned out to be the first hit for Gautham Karthik. The movie was appreciated by critics a lot for its research, screenplay, action, casting and direction. The satellite rights were bagged by Star Vijay television. It was premiered on Star Vijay tv on the new year's day of 2018. Digital rights are with Hotstar.
Rangoon won the Best story in 10th Vijay Awards
Sensational debut director award in MGR-Sivaji Academy awards
The soundtrack consists of six songs; 4 tracks comeposed by composer RH Vikram and 2 tracks composed by Vishal Chandrasekhar.
|Soundtrack album by|
|Genre||Feature film soundtrack|
|Vishal Chandrasekhar chronology|
|1.||"Yaathreega (The Journey Begins)"||Navin Iyer||4:08|
|2.||"Enai Marakirene (Natasha's Spirit)"||Kavita Thomas||2:53|
|3.||"Nee Illaa Aagayam (The Love Spark)"||Yazin Nizar||3:59|
|4.||"Ey Jajabor (The Trip of the Trio)"||Kraven Stratfile||2:38|
|5.||"Thottil Madiyil (Love's Lullaby)"||Chinmayi||1:30|
|6.||"Foreign returns(celebration in hood)"||Anirudh Ravichander||3:57|
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