Cast: Ram Charan, Samantha Akkini, Aadhi Pinisetty, Jagathi Babu, Prakash Raj
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A man with a complex of gods (played by Jagpathi Babu ), addressed by the people only as president, prevails in the 1980s, a small village, Rangasthalam, Andhra Pradesh. The people in the village are uneducated and completely under the thumb of the president and his cohorts. Trapped in the vicious circle of poverty and high interest rates charged by the President's henchmen, the villagers are waiting to be released. This, as Sukumar's film tells us soon enough, will be done by the two brothers Chitti Babu (Ram Charan) and Kumar Babu (Aadhi Pinisetty).
However, before the oppressed overthrow the oppressor, we are shown how little education exists, leaving villagers open for exploitation, as the president's men exploit simple villagers to levy high interest rates, and like any voice raised in opposition will be silenced without mercy. So far, Rangasthalam adheres to the formula and the clichéd good-against-evil story.
Even in this tropus, Sukumar adds his own flourishes. The villain's god-complex makes him larger than life and makes Ram Charan's hero gain in size as well. The premonition of the last killing, of this confrontation between good and evil, is also building up in Rangasthalam.
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The fight is not easy. The oppressor has superstition, loyalty, political power and fear on his side. Villagers have been ruled by a man for 30 years and this has led to the blind conviction that the president stands above all others.
Kumar Babu, who has returned from Dubai, can not stand what happened to his village the president and the nomination for the upcoming election. He has the support of his brother Chitti and gives him the strength to do what others have not tried before. But against the grain, Chitti is concerned about his brother, who is scared enough to doubt anyone. Usually the main hero, in this case Ram Charan, is the one who leads such battles. They are fearless and go against anyone who stands in their way. In Rangasthalam, however, Ram Charan stands arm in arm with screen brother Aadhi, but at the same time he fears for his safety. This equation adds a refreshing twist to the hero's character.
Rathnavelu's cinematography has attached great importance to the film. The Chase sequence at night, especially when Chitti Babu is taken over by anger, is so well shot and accompanied by a great background music. It adds to the drama that unfolds on the screen.
With 2 hours and 50 minutes, the film is long and could have been edited better, especially the dialogue between the President and Kumar Babu seems to be stretched.
Prakash Raj is the man who stands in the shadow of the movie. He initially supports Kumar Babu and helps the brothers with the nomination. He is also the changer of the film, which leaves us stunned in the end. Not because we do not know where it leads, but because of the way in which everything is presented.
If one is so inclined, one could make comparisons between the current political climate and the concepts presented in the film.
Samantha Akkineni as Rama Lakshmi is charming. It is because of Rama Lakshmi that the fight begins by making her casually to the plot of a commercial film. This is the first movie in which Ram Charan and Samantha have worked together, and their chemistry keeps the first half of the film loose.
Rangamma Athamma, played by Anasuya Bharadwaj, is a memorable spin character whose equation strikes Chitti. The movie really belongs to the director Sukumar, who manages to pick up on an ancient formula and work with his vision.