Rangesthalam film review: Ram Charan is back with the long-awaited rustic entertainer Rangasthalam Sukumar. With Samantha Akkinini as lead actress, the film had attracted a lot of attention prior to release for several reasons. The story takes place in the 80s, when Chittibabu (Ram Charan), a hearing-impaired engineer, gained popularity in the village for his sound of fortification machines. The village is represented by the corrupt leader Phanindra Bhupati (Jagapathi Babu), who has led Rangashalam for 30 years. He slaughters anyone who questions his dictatorship, so the village is afraid of him. There are a number of incidents and Kumar Babu (Adi Pinisetty), Chittibabus Dubai, has announced a riot against Bhupathi and submits his nominations in the forthcoming elections. The consequence that leads to Kumar's move is terrible, and Chittibabu helps him cope with these results.
Director Sukumar has created the perfect setting of the 80s, but in the middle he lost his focus on the main plot. Sukumar lives up to the challenge of creating the perfect 80s attitude. Even his characters do not look out of place. Whether the diction, the costumes or their body language, Rangasthalam is a visual treat. But Sukumar's characters have somehow failed to endure the emotion. Despite the great reach, the director does not manage to reach the emotional thread and the audience to connect to the film.
The first half outshines the second. The first half shows a nice chemistry between Charan and Samantha, the songs are humming and of course, the settings add an extra spark. But despite the brilliant first half, the director does not live up to his curiosity and fear in the second half. After the break, some typical sentimental scenes make the spice of the second half disappear, and the movie ends up drawn.
But despite all the shortcomings, Ram Charan compensates with his brilliant performance. His outstanding performance and the director's ability to capture the taste of the 80s make the movie a must-see event. The songs certainly give the movie extra value, but a torn second half with unnecessary sentimental scenes is a downer.