Rebellion, romance, relationships — Rangasthalam seems to be the land of it all. The trailer of Ram Charan’s much awaited biggie Rangasthalam was unveiled on earlier this month of March and it has quite a lot to offer.
Set in the fictional village of Rangasthalam, the story seems to follow the life of Chitti Babu (Ram Charan) who is hard of hearing and Kumar Babu (Aadhi). Rangasthalam is a village that seems to be dependent on agriculture and the loans that ‘the society’ gives. From the trailer, it looks like Rangasthalam will document the story of water-starved farmers and the woes our farmers face.
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The trailer is well-cut and definitely gives a lot of whistle worthy moments for Ram Charan fans. In the first few seconds, we hear Ram Charan say, “In every other village, the farmer looks at the sky when he wants water to flow from his tap. But in Rangasthalam, people look at me.” In another mass moment, he follows this line with ‘My engine doesn’t know caste or creed, it waters all fields.”
One can practically hear the claps already. We get a few shots of Aadhi who looks like the surprise element in the film. We also get to see Samantha as the village beauty Rama Lakshmi. While the trailer makes her role look like just another commercial heroine, here is to hoping we get to see Samantha in a well-etched role in the film.
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Rangasthalam looks like it has all the makings of a commercial pot-boiler. If the drama is effective as well, Ram Charan might have a winner in his hands.
Directed by Sukumar, Rangasthalam is bankrolled by Mythri Movie Makers. The film has music by Devi Sri Prasad whose numbers are breaking the internet already.
The film was shot for almost a year, at times in the blistering heat near Rajahmundry, although majority of the scenes were also filmed in Hyderabad. Over the past few months, Rangasthalam has been in news for its production design, which was headed by Ramakrishna and Monika, who brought alive the 80s vibe in a village set right in the heart of Hyderabad. The subject of the film was an inspiration for everyone in the team and Sukumar says it has a lot to do with how pure the emotions in the story are.
“That’s the thing about life in a village. Everyone is united and comes to the rescue of others when there’s a need. Although they might have plenty of differences among themselves, they are very true to what they believe in whether they are good or bad. There’s a lot of drama in every village and we have tried to reflect it in our film. This is what makes a rural drama like Rangasthalam so interesting. It’s raw and pure in its own way,” Sukumar avers, adding, “My village too was like a Rangasthalam (laughs).”
The film will hit theatres on March 30 with a premiere of the movie on 29 March in South Africa at Cinecentre theatres.