Exclusive Rangasthalam First on Net Review, Rating - APHERALD.COM -3/5
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Bottom Line: Rangasthalam is shouldered by Ram Charan all the way and let down by a lengthy running time!
Post the success of his slick action thriller Naanaku Prematho with Jr NTR, dynamic Director Sukumar took a break, and joined hands with mega Powerstar Ramcharan, known for his mass entertainers, for a genre completely new for both of them - a rural entertainer with power politics at the backdrop, in Rangasthalam. Has the fresh combo succeeded in their novel attempt? Here's team AP Herald's exclusive first on net Rangasthalam review.
The village of Rangasthalam is under the control of the powerful President (Jagapathi Babu), and enters Chitti Babu (Ramcharan), the most loved, hearing impaired youngster of the village. Chitti Babu is leading a happy life with his love for Ramalakshmi (Samantha) whom he falls for at first sight and his extreme affection towards his brother Kumar Babu (Aadhi Pinisetty) and family.
Things take a turn as Kumar Babu decides to contest elections after finding it unbearable to take President's ruthless ways and extreme interest rates against villagers. As Kumar contests elections against President, inviting his wrath, Chitti Babu stands firm to support Kumar Babu. Whether the brothers together defeated the evil President and overcame betrayals and evil plans in the game of power and politics and saved Rangasthalam ultimately, is what the movie is all about.
Mega Powerstar Ramcharan has completely transformed to the hearing impaired Chitti Babu, and has totally changed into a village do-gooder, a rough looking guy with a soft heart of gold, and has for the first time proved himself as a stunning performer. Samantha has literally become Ramalakshmi herself, and as the village Belle with a typical attitude and looks, impresses with her cute and emotional act. Aadhi Pinisetty as the man of multiple shades, excels with his subtle act, and that stunner towards the end. While Jagapathi Babu is at his menacing best , Prakashraj and Naresh deliver impressive supporting acts. Anasuya as Rangamatta is adequate.
BGM by Devi SriPrasad is impressive, and elevates Ramcharan's character beautifully, while of his songs, Yentha Sakkagunnave, Jigelu Rani and Rangamma Mangamma are appealing. Cinematography by Ratnavelu is top notch, and captures the rustic milieu of Rangasthalam beautifully, while also presenting colourful visuals true to the 80s feel and setup. Naveen Nooli's taut editing makes sure, despite its 3 hours runtime, there's never a dull moment in Rangasthalam.
Dynamic Director Sukumar has been known for his unique presentation and attempts in varied genres, irrespective of their success, for instance, movies like One Nenokkadine and Jagadam. This time around, the director has come up with a conventional plot, in an unconventional backdrop, as he has cleverly weaved a tale of power, politics and betrayal, in a village setup, while also depicting the plight of farmers.
With his characters interestingly etched, and each having a unique aspect, with sudden changes in shades perfectly displayed, adds power to the screenplay. While the screenplay is at a lengthy 3 hours, Sukumar makes Rangasthalam an engaging experience, with his essential twists and detailing at the right places, though he could have done away with atleast two of the songs (Jigelu Rani is peppy, yet an unanticipated one placed incoherent in the screenplay). Though one could predict the vital twist, the way it unfolds in screen, with the right mix of emotions and action is commendable, and that's exactly what makes the 3 hour long flick an appealing visual treat high on aesthetics and histrionics. All said, Rangasthalam is a rustic rural experience that's worth the 2 years wait, and doubly worth the theatrical visit.