The film is based on a true-life rescue mission in a flooded coal mine in Raniganj, West Bengal, in 1989, and it is dedicated to the late Jaswant Singh Gill.
Real Jaswant Singh Gill with Akshay Kumar
Review of the story
On November 13, 1989, a tragic disaster occurred at the Mahabir Colliery in Raniganj. The subterranean water table ruptured owing to the pressure of the explosions, putting 65 people at risk during the coal extraction procedure. After traditional methods failed, engineer Jaswant Singh Gill (Akshay Kumar) devised the plan to drill a hole and deploy a specially designed rescue capsule. The film recounts how Gill and his brave team of experts rescued all 65 miners one by one utilizing the breakthrough capsule while a crane was unavailable and CIL (Coal India) was beset by corruption.
The missed opportunity
It’s fantastic to put true events on television and honour India’s unsung heroes, but only if the story narrates the stories of the heroes and the perils they faced to secure justice. Despite its tempting promise to investigate how individuals behave under acute peril, Mission Raniganj flops terribly.
Akshay Kumar’s films with a social message or those based on historical events in India tend to follow a template. They begin with a Punjabi wedding song, then go on to two scenes with the heroine till she disappears, before introducing the hero in slow motion and concluding with him being acclaimed as the greatest savior. It’s not that the films don’t have good intentions; rather, they don’t make enough of an effort to create new ground or dive deeply into their characters. There is no attempt taken to learn more about Gill beyond what is available online.
Akshay and Parineeti show Bhangra moves in song ‘Jalsa
The good and the bad
The first act of the picture is a disaster. You won’t care about the characters since they aren’t developed enough. Poor production qualities and CGI harmed the whole experience. The supporting performances aren’t believable, and neither is the turbulent water in the mine, which is about to break. Even seasoned actors like Ravi Kishan (who plays a miner) come out as overacting. There is no dialogue in the tale that stresses the gravity of the situation as it should. The second half of the film gains up momentum, but it’s hampered by petty infighting and infantile power battles. In her short visit, Parineeti Chopra made less of an impact.
An evacuation thriller may have it all: intriguing, disturbing, and the ultimate test of humanity. In “Thai Cave Rescue,” for example, you feel profoundly about what happens to all of the people. Despite its aim to make you care about a momentous occasion, director Tinu Suresh Desai’s picture is loud and theatrical. It’s a laudable endeavor to rescue the poor, not just the billionaires in submersibles, which is great, but it takes more than good intentions to get the word through.