Mission Raniganj: The Great Bharat Rescue

A disturbingly high number of times. Mission Raniganj is a film where theatrics are hammed up to the maximum. In November 1989, a coal mining site in Raniganj in West Bengal was inundated, and 71 workers couldn’t leave.

Others evacuated after the distress call. Jaswant Ghll, Freedom Sales’s Senior Engineer, led an unmatched courage and wit rescue operation.

Mission Raniganj Story

On November 13, 1989, 232 miners were trapped after flooding in India’s first coal mine, Raniganj. A crack caused by an explosion had led to the flooding.

Six miners died, 161 were evacuated instantly, and the remainder took refuge at a high spot inside the mine. Jaswant Gill, a young Indian School of Mines engineer, saved the day when almost everyone had lost hope.

He created an iron capsule, dropped it by digging a borehole, and saved 65 miners. In this one-dimensional movie, Tinu Suresh Desai recreates the heroic feat that needs to be told, which is essential to young people, because Akshay wanted to play another real-life hero.

Star shines most in roles where he must channel his inherent simplicity and unalloyed optimism. He delivers a sincere performance here as the sincere Sardar, who earned the nickname Capsule Gil after the successful mission.

His presence limits the scope. In a time of privatization and the rise of private sector enterprises in India, the film inadvertently brings to mind the importance of PSUs for the Indian commoner.

Based upon the real-life hero Jaswant Gill, an engineer who led a complex rescue mission to free trapped miners in a flooded coal mine.

Desai is to be commended for using time wisely with the build-up. Instead, he takes us to the accident and rescue mission. The mining operation and its essential details are reminiscent of analogue days.

The colour scheme for emotions is from when black and white were the predominant emotions. Characters with vested interests could be seen at a distance.

Desai is trying to emphasize that the antagonists are the Bengalis, who do not want the North Indian Hero to succeed. However, in doing so, he appeals to stereotypes.


Story is Related to a True Events

A film about mining also scratches the surface, refusing to go into depth on the safety measures needed to be followed and trade unions’ impact. In celebrating Gill’s courage, the film almost forgot the six miners who lost their lives.

A strong supporting cast, known for its melodrama skills, lifts the insipid subject matter. The film is awash with competent actors like Sudhir Pandey Jameel, Ravi Kishan Varun Badola Kumud Mishra Pawan Malhotra Divyendu, Bhattacharya Rajesh Sharma Arif Zakaria, Virendra, Saxena and Kumud.

As it is a one-person show, they are all there to provide muscle for the central character. Parineeti is also there to give Akshay a halo. The most moving moment in the film is when a trapped miner’s pet dog comes to rescue them.

Gill’s struggle to reach the trapped miner through the borehole is a metaphor for the conversation between PSUs at the grass-root level and their employees. The film is shallow in discussing the management vs. anti-management debate among miners.

Gill refers to the mission at the end as “our” success. However, the way the film is presented it remains an Akshay Kumar show.

Mission Raniganj

Director: Tinu Suresh Desai

Duration: 134 Minutes

Mission Raniganj Release Date

Mission Raniganj is set to release in theaters in 06 Oct, 2023.


Mission Raniganj Trailer is out You can click Here and check it out.

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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

From the first scene, you will be captivated by ‘Mission Raniganj – The Great Bharat Rescue.’ Set in 1989.

Jaswant Gill, an IIT Dhanbad mining engineer, bravely and courageously rescues trapped miners in Raniganj to reunite them with their families.

Jaswant Gill is a real-life hero who saved the lives of everyday people in a brave and solo mission. The film’s extensive canvas allows users to experience the rescue of a coal mine, which they can only enjoy on a big screen.

The movie, directed by Tinu Suresh Desai, sets the tone in the first few seconds and keeps it. Akshay Kumar’s portrayal of Jaswant Gill and his brave and ingenious rescue mission is considered the most outstanding rescue operation ever.

A story of hope, resilience, and teamwork drives the film. The film opens with a quick introduction to the main characters and then moves into a thrilling thriller that keeps the pace until the end.

Jaswant Gill is a man who is dedicated and driven to save lives.

Parineeti, as Nirdoshkaur Gill, Jaswant’s wife, gives her all within the parameters of her role. The film is primarily about Gill, and Akshay delivers the best performance of his career.

Supports Cast

We won’t be shocked if the director-actor pair wins another National Award with ‘Mission Raniganj.’ They already have one for their work on ‘Rustom.’

Lighting, camerawork, special effects, and scenes with underground water are notable. This brilliantly produced film, with a coal mining rescue as its central theme, is a real treat. This film will make any Indian proud.

This true-life tale is full of drama, suspense, and stellar performances by the entire ensemble. The background score also adds to an immersive, engaging experience.

Mission Raniganj on OTT

Tomorrow, on October 6, 2023, the film will be released. We now know the OTT streaming service that will offer Mission Raniganj before its theatrical release. It is now official that Netflix will release the film a few months after its theatrical run.

Parineeti makes an extended 10-minute special appearance in this movie. Bollywood Hungama reported that the film is about trapped miners in a cave who need to be rescued before it collapses.

The producers were forced to focus on the main track to keep the audience interested and excited. Parineeti’s song needs to be given more attention.

Parineeti’s song is, therefore, given little attention. The source said that her screen time was around 10 minutes.

Mission Raniganj box office collection Day 1

Akshay’s ‘Mission Raniganj’ had one of his films’ worst openings.

Mission Raniganj Day 1 box office collection: Akshay Kumar’s ‘Mission Raniganj The Great Bharat Rescue’ was released on October 6.

The first-day box office collection of the film reveals that it had one of the lowest openings ever for an Akshay Kumar film, as it only earned a single-digit amount on its opening.

According to the film industry tracker Sacnilk, the film collected a modest Rs 2.8 million on its first release day. This is one of Akshay Kumar’s weakest opening days.

Akshay Kumar’s previous film ‘OMG 2’ grossed double-digit numbers of Rs10.26 crores on its first day, despite being up against Sunny Deol’s ‘Gadar 2’, released on the same date.



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