Rangasthalam Review: Operation Successful, Patient …. (Rating: 3.0)

Film: Rangasthalam

Language: Telugu

Cast: Ram Charan, Samantha Akkineni, Anasuya Bharadwaj, Aadhi Pinisetty, Prakash Raj, Jagapati Babu, Amit Sharma, Naresh, Rohini, Bramhaji, Gauthami, Rajesh Diwakar, Pooja Hegde

Director: Sukumar

Rating: 3.0


Story: Chitti Babu (Ram Charan) is a deaf guy who lives his life by operating a motor in a small village called Rangasthalam. He falls in love with Ramalakshmi (Samantha Akkineni) at first sight. Chitti Babu's brother Kumar Babu (Aadhi Pinisetty) returns from Dubai. He is a good-natured guy who tries to help farmers who are exploited by the Society loans with help of village President(Jagapati Babu) who is ruling the village 30 years unopposed. Kumar Babu tries to help Ramalakshmi from Society loans which leads to a big argument and lands Chitti Babu in jail for bashing up Presidents man. This pushes Kumar Babu to content in the presidential election with the support of Dakshina Murthy (Prakash Raj). What happens to the brothers forms the rest of the story.

Acting: Ram Charan reinvented himself as an actor with this. He did a very balanced role of angry young man and a deaf guys.  His comedy timing was excellent. The Chitti Babu character has multiple shades and Ram Charan handled it well.    Samantha Akkineni as Ramalakshmi was fun to watch. Her cute and subtle expressions in love scenes with Charan are excellent. She did the role with so much ease you will see only Ramalakshmi on the screen. Aadhi Pinisetty as an educated youth and the conscience of  Chitti Babu played it well. Jagapati Babu as a cutthroat president once again gets a meaty role to which he did justice, though it has shades of roles he did before. Anasuya Bharadwaj as Rangammatta got a  good role and did well. Prakash Raj makes an impact through his role was limited by the script. Director might have shown his cards too soon by casting him for the role.

Techincal: Direction by Sukumar is good in parts.  The story he choose is too old and beaten to death in Indian movies N number of times. The screenplay should have been tight which is where Sukumar failed as a director. There is no consistent pace in the movie. The movie is a slow drag.  It picks up the steam giving the audience a hope to see some racy scenes but Sukumar immediately pulls it back.  The dialogues by Sukumar's team is commendable.  Music by Devi Sri Prasad for songs helps the slow pace of the movie bearable. He did an excellent job on Background score too. Cinematography by R. Rathnavelu is excellent. He showed the rustic look a 1985's villages in a realistic way.  Editing by Navin Nooli is a letdown. These kinds of stories need a crisp editing which Navin failed to do. The movie needs to be trimmed by 20-25 minutes at least. The production by Mythri Movie Makers is very rich and can be seen on the screen every penny spent. The 1985 village looks so authentic and the producers and the art team should be commended for that.

Analysis: The screenplay is a big let down. The movie starts off at a very snail pace and starts to pick up the steam at the midpoint. Sukumar could have pulled it off if he maintained the same pace in the second half, but the temp drops drastically and too many slow dramatic scenes kill the mood of the film. By the time movie gains traction most of the audience might have guessed the ending, which is supposed to be a big suspense.

A number of scenes give a feeling that they were designed to bring out the actor in Ram Charan. If that is the case, "Operation Successful, Patient Dead".


Ram Charan


Box office: The movie may end up an average grosser at both domestic and overseas markets.

Verdict: Watch it at your leisure and with a lot of patience.

Bottom Line: Operation Successful, Patient ......

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