The portrayal of Miss Julia, especially her getup in the song Bloody Hell complete with whip, invites comparison with Fearless Nadia, whose most famous role was in and as 1935's Hunterwali. Production house Wadia Movietone, founded by the actress' brother-in-law, is reportedly suing the makers of Rangoon for copyright infringement. Fearless Nadia, real name Mary Ann Evans, performed her own stunts and starred as the lead in several female-led Hindi films of the era. She died in 1996 aged 88.
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Rangoon, set in war-torn Burma, is "completely a fictional story" with "fictional character," Kangana Ranaut told IANS.
Miss Julia, as played by Kangana, is an actress sent to the World War II trenches in Burma as a wartime entertainer of military troops. She leaves behind her a sinister film producer who is also her lover, played by Saif Ali Khan. In Burma, she meets and falls for a soldier named Nawab Malik, played by Shahid Kapoor.
Rangoon opens this Friday.
(With inputs from IANS)