Ram Charan and Samantha starrer, Sukumar’s directorial ‘ Rangasthalam’, is releasing on March 30 amidst high expectations. Rangasthalam is a raw drama, backed by Ram Charan’s unexpected stellar performance, meticulous artwork to portray 80s ambience of a rustic village. Sukumar’s characters carry real life with them than cinematic.
However, terribly dragged overdose of sentiment scenes and lack of good plot in second half kills the commercial aspect to an extent. Again in Climax , Ram Charan’s brilliant act turns saving grace. With music by Devi Sri Prasad, lyrics by Chandrabose, DOP by Rathnavelu and also starring Aadhi Pinisetty, Anasuya Bharadwaj and Jagapathi Babu in lead roles, the Telugu film is set in the 1980s in a fictional village called ‘Rangasthalam’. Movie review is out here are our five reasons why you should catch ‘Rangasthalam’:
The starry cast – Everyone working on the ‘Rangasthalam’ – right from Ram Charan, Samantha and Aadhi Pinisetty, to Jagapathi Babu, Anasuya and Prakash Raj – are said to have gotten into the skin of their characters to deliver their best. It is also refreshing to see the stars who usually play the urban heroes, play the roles of raw everyday men and women, devoid of all the chicness that usually surrounds them on-screen.
DSP’s fun jukebox – While the teaser and trailer of ‘Rangasthalam’ were massive hits, the songs composed by Devi Sri Prasad and penned by Chandrabose have taken the film’s craze to a whole new level. The composer, looking for authenticity, brought in a lot of folk singers and musicians on-board for the film. Composing the songs in just a span of three and half days, everything from the titular ‘Ranga Ranga Rangasthalam’ and ‘Rangamma Mangamma’ to the special song ‘Jigel Rani’ with Pooja Hegde have been received with love.
Rathnavelu’s DOP – Rathnavelu who has lent his expertise to films like ‘Robo’, ‘Arya’ and ‘1-Nenokkadine’ has worked on ‘Rangasthalam’ too. Talking at the audio launch in Visakhapatnam, Sukumar has said that if anyone deserves credit for the film’s look, it is Rathnavelu. He even went so far as saying, that after watching the film if anyone wants to appreciate him as a director, they should give due credit to Rathnavelu first.
The nostalgia factor – ‘Rangasthalam’ is set in a fictional village in the 1980s and the filmmakers have done a lot of research for the film, to get even the minute details right. Sukumar revealed to Hyderabad Times that he had taken the help of his brother to recall a lot of details for the era. And that the stylists had also done their bit to get the look of the characters right. As for Rathnavelu, Sukumar had credited him for defining the psychology of the film and effectively showcasing a dry Godavari instead of the green one the audience is used to watching in films.
In Rangasthalam First half, Ram charan steals the show with his outstanding performance. Storywise it establishes the Rangasthalam village feud between the president and downtrodden. Climax is good with a twist , and excellent performance by Charan In second half, few scenes involving Adi are too melodramatic , prolonged and of heavy Tamil flavor. Director Sukumar excelled in portraying 80s life in a typical village. The art work, characters are quite authentic and raw. Jagapathi Babu , Samantha , Anasuya roles are good. Ramcharan characterization, his ease in action is never seen before from a top league hero. The film has done solid pre release business in all areas and is expected to ease off the dull phase at the box office. The impressive trailers and songs have set high expectations on the film. Majority of the film has been shot in Godavari region and the art work is said to be the mainstay of the film.