Telugu360 Rating 2.5/5
On the outset, Ranarangam’s genre is a tried and tested formula which has either worked greatly or has fallen flatly in the past. But how does Sudheer Varma make Ranarangam interesting to watch and how does Sharwanand fit into the setup designed by the director? Let’s see that here.
Deva (Sharwanand) is a young man from the port-side slums in Vizag who, along with his friends, is into selling tickets in black near cinema halls in mid-90s. The prohibition rule by the government of AP entices Deva to sell liquor illegally by exporting from Orissa through various means. But he has a competitor in that business, the local MLA Simhachalam (Murli Sharma). Parallely, Deva is in love with Geetha (Kalyani Priyadarshan) who lives in his neighborhood and the two eventually get married. In the tug of war between Deva and Simhachalam, Geetha gets killed in a bomb blast plotted by the latter and the former seeks vengeance. After avenging the death of Geetha, Deva quits the dirty world and flies to Spain with his months-old daughter and decides to live a clean life. But his past haunts him and he is forced to come back to India. What happens next and how Deva handles the situation forms the crux of story in Ranarangam.
Sharwanand is good in his role and hits it out of the park with his performance. His look as a dreadful gangster is perfectly suited to him and the actor is impressive. Kalyani Priyadarshan is gorgeous in her role and delivers a decent performance. Murli Sharma once again proves in Ranarangam why he is the most sought-after actor for supporting roles.However , his role resembles ‘ Indrudu Chandrudu ‘ kamal Hasssan
Speaking about director, Sudheer Varma ..The back and forth to past and present in the screenplay failed to keep audience hooked onto the narrative.
The real shot in the arm of Ranarangam is the background score which is by Prashanth Pillai. The intense and vibrant score makes the watching experience enjoyable. Production design of Ranarangam is impeccable and in sync with the theme of the film. Color tones chosen for the scenes create the mood keeping the viewers in sync with the narrative.
All the above said elements get hampered by the very slow narrative in Ranarangam which tests your patience. While Sharwanand is at the centre of everything in the film, it gets a bit of overdose at many junctures. Sharwanand has a gang of friends who are with him throughout and they have a longer screen time than Kajal Aggarwal. As she enters in the second half of the film, her presence is in only few scenes which go undefined. Although the run time is 2 hours and 18 minutes, at the end of the movie you don’t get that feeling and walk out with a feeling that you were in there for a very long time.
The back and forth play in the narrative is a bit of an overdose and hampers the watching experience in Ranarangam. You’d have ample time to wonder why a particular scene was in the film and that scene wouldn’t have been done with yet.
Verdict : Sharwanand and the production design are the best parts of ‘ Ranarangam ‘. But , the slow narration and weak second half make this film a tedious watch.
Telugu360 Rating 2.5/5