Sunday, April 22, 2018

Movie Review: Rangasthalam (Telugu)

Whole of the movie is centered on the events that happen in a village named 'Rangasthalam' which is situated on the shores of Godavari backwaters. Like in most of the villages, this village too has a President (played by Jagapathi Babu) who dons the role of a villain, who controls the village using violence and eliminates those who opposes him. One of the dialogues in this movie goes thus "There are many people in this village who don't have food but there is no one who don't have have a loan to repay" which reflects the situation the villagers are into. But they are not aware that their loan books are cooked up. Farming yields are not enough to repay the loans and the frustrated villagers suffer in silence and those who oppose get killed which are masked as suicides.

The protagonist of the movie, Chitti Babu (Ram Charan) is a jolly person. He is partially deaf. Others have to speak to him in a louder voice else he can't hear them. That has made him innocent and quite unaware of happenings in the village. But he has a gift of reading lip movements.

As the incidents turn out, Chitti Babu's elder brother Kumar Babu (Aadhi Pinisetty) finds out the frauds of the credit society. As he tries to make it public, events take a violent turn and Chitti Babu hits hard one of the President's men and goes into Police custody. Taking local MLA's (played by Prakash Rai) help, his brother gets him out on bail and decides to contest the elections against the President of the village. After initial resistance, they succeed in getting the acceptance from people. As the election day nears, Chitti Babu's brother gets killed despite the heroic efforts of the protagonist to rescue him. Chitti Babu's deafness becomes a disadvantage for him as he cannot make out the last words said by his brother.

Who killed his brother? What happens to the village thereafter? Is President the lone villain? Will Chitti Babu succeeds in deciphering the plots? That is for you to watch on the big screen.

Movie begins with a documentary style of story telling and gathers pace as it progresses. Very neat camera work throughout the movie and the way sequences of the movie are pieced together makes this movie interesting though the main plot is centuries old. Though you might have watched hundreds of movies with this kind of story line, this movie becomes unique with its presentation style and role plays.

I do not watch Telugu movies much but this one was impressive and I felt this was the best among the movies I have watched in the recent times. So I could not resist from telling you.