Ranarangam Movie Review
Deva (Sharwanand) is an orphan brought up in the streets of Vizag. He sells black tickets for a living with four other friends of his. When the prohibition of alcohol is introduced in the Telugu states, the demand for it sky rockets and Deva takes advantage of the situation and smuggles it back to Vizag. He faces competition from the MLA (Murali Sharma) and hence a battle begins between both of them. Deva starts fighting the war and heads forward paving his way for becoming a gangster. But why did he end up in Spain? Did he lose or win the battle is the plot of the movie.Analysis:
The director Sudheer Varma has chosen the early 90s as the time for the movie to happen. Hence he has to recreate the entire visuals to bring the period feel and he succeeded without any remarks. The cinematographer, Divakar Mani and director might have spent the lion share of the movie building each frame with micro detailing and macro flood lights oozing tints of color they want to shed in the scenes. The film’s look is the best asset of the movie and Sudheer Varma might have received this compliment for his previous films too. That is exactly the problem with the movie. Sudheer is a kind of director who will always be appreciated for making stylish movies. The only difference with this movie is that it is a period movie which gives him more scope for making it look stylish and convincing at the same time. So he might have kept all his focus on that point and left the story part. Let’s hear a story. “A poor orphan grows on the streets and has been a witness to the imbalance of the world. Obviously he turns out to be a rebel who has woven his own Darwinian theories highlighting strength to survive in this world. Since money symbolizes the power and strength in the civilized world, he runs after money and does not fear or care doing illegal things. He succeeds in his endeavors and out of the jealousy he creates, there will be competition. But since this is not a justified scenario, there will be war and he has to either fight or give up. Since hero never gives up and if he gives up he will not be a hero, he fights and makes big. What good is the story if he wins an unfair battle without any sacrifice? So something he loves should be taken away from him leaving him with a world he conquered empty with the one he loved.” There might be hundreds of movies made on this point or this might be the format for some films to happen. Ranarangam falls on the same flaw of being routine, bland and boring. The movie is so plain that it inspires the creative juices of the audience to expect the rest of the movie and get out of the theater so that they can save themselves from the boredom. And the only factor that stops the audience from not doing that deed is the stunning visuals with stylish making in which Sudheer is an expertise in. So to sum it up, Ranarangam might have been a disaster if someone other than Sudheer Varma made it. But since Sudheer Varma made this movie, it is worth a onetime watch.
Sharwanand will do justice to any role he gets and the role of Deva is so simple a role that Sharwa to pull off. May be the character of Deva has a lot of weight but no depth. Even though Sharwa gave his best. Kalyani Priyadarshan looked good in Chitralahari movie as the movie setting is in the current generation but it is a little unsettling to see her in 90s setting. Performance-wise she gets good marks but looks-wise, it will be like trying to adjust to the idea of a North Indian playing the village girl from a traditional family. Then comes Kajal Aggarwal who looks mesmerizing in her fashionista attire in Spain. But then again, when did she not ‘look’ good? The only question that runs in the audience’s mind might be, why did the director cast a star actress for a supporting role and an upcoming actress in a serious role?
The music director, Prashant Pillai might have shifted his whole focus on the background score that the songs does not give so much impact except from the Seetha Kalyanam to which the musician might not get the whole credit as the song is a traditional one and might have been repeated and remixed a couple of times already. As mentioned earlier, Divakar Mani’s cinematography is the biggest asset of the movie. Arjun-Karthik’s dialogues added some depth to many intense scenes and it is a blessing that they did not turn out to be melodramatic.
On whole, Ranarangam is a good movie except for the lack of novelty and having a plain, bland story line to tell. It might be a considerable option to kill some extra hours for sure. The only question that the movie poses is: how did the title Ranarangam is justified? Deva might be in a battlefield and struggle a lot, but until the audience either understands his struggle or sees an end where his battle stops, the movie title is a big question mark.