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'Revolver Rani' review: Kangana Ranaut is terrific as Revolver Rani, but the film fails to deliver

'Revolver Rani' review: Kangana Ranaut is terrific as Revolver Rani, but the film fails to deliver

In 'Revolver Rani', Kangana Ranaut absolutely relishes playing the ferocious dacoit turned politician.

In her last film 'Queen', Kangana Ranaut demonstrated her class with her effortless transition from an intense actress we had known for years to comedic genius. And with her just-released 'Revolver Rani', the actress absolutely relishes playing the ferocious dacoit turned politician. Whether it is the ease with which she uses her guns, combat the goons, her love for Turkish pants and strange jackets, dream to go to Beh-nice (Venice) with Rohan Kapoor (Vir Das), Kangana has once again left the viewers amazed and craving for more.

Set in Chambal Valley, Sai Kabeer's 'Revolver Rani' is a story of an unwanted girl child Alka Singh (Kangana Ranaut) who grows up to petrify everyone in her area. Alka, who has just lost elections to Uday Bhan Singh in Chambal, with the help of her maternal uncle Balli (Piyush Mishra) is trying hard to win back power by blowing the lid off the wrongdoings of her opponent Uday Bhan Singh and fighting for the rights of Adivasis who have been cheated out of their lawful lands. In the meantime, Alka falls for a struggling Bollywood actor Rohan Mehra who wants to use her political influence for personal gain, but ends up being exploited in the game to acquire political power.

Sai has managed to capture Rani's transformation from one of the deadliest dacoit to a vulnerable Koko (nickname derived from the word coconut by lover Vir Das). With the dream to spend the rest of her life with Vir, Rani opens up to him and shares the trauma of being cheated on by her husband and called a 'bhaanj'. It is impressive how the director represent her pain, trauma and the ecstasy on finding her new love. While Kangana's desi accent, dark humor, background score work in favour of the film, its over-stretched sequences to get the point across should have been avoided. There are moments when you feel the scenes that have no merit have been stretched for no valid reason.

You almost roll on the floor laughing at the perfection with which news anchor Payal, played by Mishkka Singh, tracks the developments in Rani's personal and political life. With her quirky one-liners, which is a mix of shayari and political news, manages to grab everyone's attention.

The film benefits a lot with its oh-so-perfect casting. It's not easy to find loopholes in the way the actors have played their parts. Piyush Mishra is a revelation as he plays Rani's menacing maternal uncle. Vir Das isn't as impressive as we had thought him to be. All in all, 'Revolver Rani' is Kangana Ranaut's film. Besides giving an insight into her bad-tempered ways as an avenging dacoit and politico, she also gives a glimpse into her human side and maternal instincts.

Rating: 2.5
first published:April 26, 2014, 11:26 IST