Rangasthalam movie review: Ram Charan and Samantha Akkineni’s film is a masala entertainer packed with powerful emotions

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Rangasthalam is one of the most talked about films of the year. Starring Ram Charan, Samantha Akkineni, Jagapathi Babu and Prakash Raj it is a revenge-cum-political drama set in the 1980s. It has all the trappings of a complete masala entertainer, but what sets it apart is the treatment, which is a great mix of comedy, drama and emotions. The film belongs to Ram Charan, director Sukumar and the cinematographer, Rathnavelu. It is a stunning looking flick and the audience in the hall could not get enough of Ram Charan and Samantha’s chemistry, Devi Sri Prasad’s pulsating music and the raw gritty feel.

What’s it about

Chitti Babu, a village stud calls himself a sound engineer. In reality, he has a hearing problem and is little slow to grasp things. His village is plagued by the local head who exploits them mercilessly. His brother Kumar Babu (played by Aadhi Pinishetty) returns to the village and wants to become a political head. He finds a mentor in Dakshin Narayan played by Prakash Raj. However, like all other aspirants before him, he gets murdered. The film aspires to make a statement on the grasp of power hungry leaders on hapless villagers and how the law of the land has no meaning for the political class.

What’s hot

The film has quite a few takeaways. The biggest ones are the performances. Ram Charan leads the pack with his swag, attitude and body language infusing life into the hot headed, naughty but emotional Chittti Babu. Samantha Akkineni gets into the skin of the village belle Ramalaxmi and is the queen of expressions. She is a delight to watch in the song Rangama Mangama. Jagapathi Babu is repulsive as the fuedal village Lord. He evokes menace through his eyes. The second highlight is Ratnavelu’s cinematography. Rangasthalam is a gorgeous looking film. The lens captures everything beautifully from the ripples of the Godavari to the fields and a moonlit night. It is superb. Devi Sri Prasad has chosen the right sounds and rhythms to give a folksy vibe to the songs. All of them are good and well picturised. The film has a predictable storyline but the climax throws a surprise. 

What’s not

The film is just too long. A couple of songs could have been edited out. The item number of Pooja Hegde is unnecessary. This is the biggest drawback of the film. A part of the time is spent showing us the gorgeous landscape around the Godavari river. The length is a dampener.


Ram Charan will be remembered for his Chitti Babu character for a long time. Rangasthalam has scenes that will stay with you for a long time, especially the bloody fight in the field and the final one between Ram Charan and the main villain. This one is a sure-shot blockbuster.

Rating:3.5 out of 5

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