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‘Mission Raniganj’ Movie Review: Akshay Kumar’s Biopic On Jaswant Singh Gill’s Heroic Coal Mine Rescue Is An Immersive And Engaging Experience

Akshay Kumar’s ‘Mission Raniganj’ has finally been released in theatres. Is the film worth your time? Or can you simply skip it? Read the full movie review to find out.

‘Mission Raniganj’


Tinu Suresh Desai


Akshay Kumar, Parineeti Chopra, Rajesh Sharma, Dibyendu Bhattacharya, Ananth Narayan Mahadevan, Ravi Kishan, Pawan Malhotra, Kumud Mishra, Virendra Saxena, Saanand Verma, Jameel Khan, Varun Badola, Sudhir Pandey, Omkar Das Manikpuri

Set in 1989, 'Mission Raniganj: The Great Bharat Rescue' captures your attention and imagination from the very first scene.

Jaswant Singh Gill, a brave and courageous mining engineer from IIT Dhanbad, takes it upon himself to rescue miners trapped in Raniganj coalfields so that they can be reunited with their families.

A real-life hero, Jaswant Singh Gill led a solo and brave mission saving the lives of ordinary people. The canvas of the film is huge, allowing users to actually experience a coal mine rescue, which can only best be enjoyed on the big screen.

Helmed by Tinu Suresh Desai, the movie sets its tone within the first few minutes and stays its course. Jaswant Singh Gill, played superbly by Akshay Kumar, and his ingenious and brave rescue mission, is documented to be the world's greatest rescue operation.

This is a compelling story of hope, resilience and teamwork, which is the soul of the film. The movie opens with quick introductions to the principal characters and eases right into an edge-of-the-seat thriller, which keeps up its tempo till the end.

This is as much a story about survival and hanging on to a fine thread of hope as it is about a man, Jaswant Singh Gill, who is driven, dedicated, and relentless in his pursuit to save lives.

Parineeti Chopra as Nirdosh Kaur Gill, Jaswant Singh's wife, does her best within the framework of her role. But the film is all about Gill, and Akshay Kumar delivers a career-best performance. The director-actor duo have already delivered one National Award for 'Rustom' and we won't be surprised if 'Mission Raniganj' gets them a second one.

The lighting, camerawork and special effects, and underground water scenes are noteworthy. A brilliantly made film with a coal mine rescue at the centre, it is an absolute treat to watch on the big screen. This one will make every Indian proud.

There is plenty of drama and suspense in this true-life story, added with stellar performances from the entire ensemble, and a great background score, which creates an immersive and engaging experience.