Story, Screenplay, Dialogues, and Direction: Sukumar
Behind the Screens:
Mega Power Star Ram Charan is back at the box office with his Period Drama, Rangasthalam. The Promotional material of the film is a blockbuster with the audience and many are expecting it to be the best work of Ram Charan. Let us see how the movie has fared with the audience.
The story dates to 1985 in Rangasthalam village where Chittibabu (Ram Charan) lives on running a motor to water the fields in the village. He suffers from a hearing problem but stands against the feudal Village President (Jagapathi Babu). Chittibabu supports the candidature of his educated brother (Aadi Pinisetty) in the village elections. Rest is all about all it takes to fight the election.
Rangasthalam is the best performance of Ram Charan by a mile. It is the career-defining moment of Ram Charan. From once a hero, criticised for the lack of expressions, Ram Charan excelled in expressions, comedy, and emotions. Samantha made her mark felt in the limited role she has got. Jagapathi Babu is excellent, especially in the first half. Aadi Pinnisetty came up with a good performance. Anasuya is a surprise as Rangamatta. She is a perfect pick for the character. Prakash Raj is good as always. Ram Charan’s dances have overshadowed Pooja Hegde in the item song. Rest of the characters are also okay. Rangasthalam is one of such films where the director is able to draw excellent performances from all the cast.
All the technical departments have excelled. Director Sukumar has come up with an excellent work. His first tryst with a village drama has come up well. It is rustic, authentic, riveting, and intense. Devi Sri Prasad’s songs as we all know are big hits already. The background score is excellent. Rathnavelu’s camera work and Ramakrishna/Monica’s Production Design are excellent and take you to the mood of the 80s. Editing is good but a good 20-30 minutes can be chopped off easily. Fights are well composed and dialogues are well-written. Production Values are Superb.
The first half is a tad slow with the director taking a good time to establish the characters and the village setup. The real story begins only towards the interval. The interval bang sets up a perfect premise for the intense second half. The length may be a concern again in the second half but the last 15 minutes or so after the twist is revealed will be again adrenaline pumping with Ram Charan rocking. Finally, Rangasthalam is a perfect recipe if you love intense films like those from Tamil Cinema. But the film will remain as a landmark in Ram Charan’s Career. Mega fans will remember his performance for a very long time.
Rangasthalam – Intense and Raw Village Drama
Cast: Ram Charan, Samantha, Jagapathi Babu, Prakash Raj, Anasuya, and Others
Music: Devi Sri Prasad
Editing: Navin Nooli
Production Company: Mythri Movie Makers
Producers: Yerineni Naveen, Yalamanchili Ravi Shankar (Thammudu) and CVM (Mohan)
Release date: March 30th, 2018