Mumbai, India: “Mission Raniganj: The Great Bharat Rescue,” directed by Tinu Suresh Desai, tells the story of real-life hero Jaswant Singh Gill, who saved 65 trapped miners in 1989. Akshay Kumar plays the lead role in this survival thriller, which attempts to recreate the harrowing rescue mission while adding fictional elements to the narrative.
Mission Raniganj Movie Review
The film begins with Jaswant Gill’s life as a General Manager in a mine in Raniganj. Despite some comical heroics and a wedding dance sequence, the film quickly shifts its focus to the miners facing a disaster. When a freak accident traps approximately 70 miners inside a flooded mine, Gill springs into action to lead the rescue mission.
While the real-life story of Jaswant Gill’s heroism is worth sharing, “Mission Raniganj” falls short in its execution. The direction lacks inspiration, and subpar visual effects make certain scenes unintentionally laughable. Over-dramatization and reliance on melodrama undermine the authenticity of the narrative. The film’s chaotic editing and poor VFX disconnect viewers from the story, hindering immersion.
Despite its technical shortcomings, the film performs better in its second half when it focuses on the mechanics of the rescue mission. Akshay Kumar delivers a committed performance, with one standout moment that feels genuine and touching. However, these moments are scarce in a film marred by over-dramatization and technical deficiencies.
In conclusion, “Mission Raniganj” aims to honor a real-life hero and a captivating rescue mission but falls short in delivering the authenticity and gravitas required to do justice to the story. While it has moments of urgency and a committed performance by Akshay Kumar, the film struggles with technical flaws, over-dramatization, and an inability to fully immerse viewers in the miners’ plight.