Ram Charan’s most awaited film Rangasthalam is finally out. After an edge-of-the-seat thriller Dhruva, the actor has transformed into Chitti Babu, a hearing impaired in a rural milieu set in 1980s.
Charan’s captivating performance, Devi Sri Prasad’s thumping music, Sukumar’s directorial brilliance and Jagapathi Babu’s spine-chilling show as baddie all together make Rangasthalam a watch-worthy film.
Read our review to know what worked in Rangasthalam.
Rangasthalam is the bastion of President Garu alias Phanindra Bhupati (Jagapathi Babu) who has been ruling the village for over three decades. There is no end for his wrongdoings in the name of society. No one in the village dares to walk with footwear in front of his house, let alone daring to talk against him.
A Dubai-returned educated young man Kumar Babu (Aadhi Pinisetty), brother of Chitti Babu (Ram Charan), takes on the President and files a nomination with the support of Nav Bharat political party led by Dakshina Murthy (Prakash Raj). Due to the political rivalry, Kumar Babu is killed. His doting brother Chitti Babu steps in to fight the landlord Phanindra Bhupati. How Chitti Babu eliminates all the baddies and make Rangasthalam an ideal village forms the crux of the story.
Undoubtedly, Ram Charan has delivered a spectacular performance. It is he (Chitti Babu) who carries the film on his shoulders. His performance definitely stands out. Samantha as Rama Lakshmi appeals. She has a substantial role. Aadhi Pinisetty as Kumar Babu is impressive. Yet again, Aadhi shines in a character role – as the hero’s brother – that plays a significant role. Jagapathi Babu yet again dominates with his performance as Phanindra Bhupati. His performance is flawless. Anasuya is alright as Rangammattha. While she lends her motors to Chitti Babu, she stands by Chitti Babu and offers him moral support.
Sr Naresh as Koteswara Rao breathes life into his role. Rohini as the mother of Chitti Babu and Kumar Babu does well. All other cast played their part well.
Ram Charan’s Characterization & Performance
Devi Sri Prasad’s Music
Lag at portions
Sukumar has been branded as a filmmaker catering to urban audience. Never before, he has attempted a rural, rustic film. Breaking all those norms and assumptions, Sukumar has weaved a heart-touching story set in the 1980s. The film’s cast breathes life into such a story and makes the characters alive. The screenplay is brilliant. The taking of the film needs a special mention. The best part of Rangasthalam is that the makers haven’t deviated from the story anywhere. They have stuck to its genre and made an honest attempt.
Although the film appears to be draggy at portions, Sukumar shows his directorial brilliance and lifts the film with good scenes. Writing, Acting, Making all work for Rangasthalam. Not every Friday one gets to watch a film like this. Appreciate Ram Charan, Samantha for opting for a film like this going against the conventions. Go for it.
Rangasthalam is an engaging stage show which has all elements of any play. Ram Charan, Sukumar, Devi Sri Prasad make the film a must-watch.