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Ranarangam Movie Review

Ranarangam Movie Review

Release Date: Thursday 15th August 2019

Cast: Sharwanand, Kalyani Priyadarshan, Kajal Aggarwal, Murali Sharma, Praveen, Ajay, Raja and others

Story

In the present day, Deva (Sharwanand) runs a mafia empire in India from Spain and leads an affluent lifestyle. He is living with a kid.

The story then cuts to 1995 when NTR romped back to power and imposed total prohibition of alcohol in the state.

How Deva becomes a mafia don using this prohibition is the main point. He brings alcohol from Orissa and sells them in Vizag and becomes a threat to the bootlegging business of local MLA.

The story intercuts to the past and present and past haunts him in the present as well.


Analysis:

Director Sudheer Varma never hides the fact that he copies stories and scenes from the great movies. In many interviews during the promotions of the movie, he has made it clear that he copied the screenplay of The Godfather Part II and many sequences he took from several other Hollywood and Indian gangster dramas.

As he said, the films story is quite cliched from the word go. He has chosen the prohibition period of 1995 when NT Rama Rao came back to power to tell the basic story but he has not used this backdrop well to the fullest.

It begins like any other gangster drama where a hero lives in a foreign country and is filled with several scenes of how powerful he is.

After establishing Sharwanand as a don operating from Spain, the story cuts to the flashback of his early days and comes back to the present day conflict, then again cuts to the 1990s and comes back to the present day. This back and forth narration goes on like a loop till the end for every few minutes.

There are some interesting episodes that slowly draw us into that mood but again abruptly the scene is cut to another period. This abrupt cutting of timelines has spoiled it. No episode is fully invigorating.

The good part of the movie are some sequences in the 1990s like romantic track between Sharwanand and Kalyani, the innovative way of smuggling liquor bottles.

Director Sudheer Varma should have continued this thread more. The present day sequences are predictable.

We get to see Kajal Aggarwal becoming close to Sharwanand for no apparent reason. Her presence in these sequences is more like the presence of a junior artiste in a big scene than anything else.

Like always, Sudheer Varma has focused on the technical part. His filming of interval bang a shootout in a lift shows how good he is at capturing such sequences.

The slick visuals, the production values, and the camerawork dominate throughout. Many individual scenes stand out for its brilliant filming but the next scenes suppress the mood.

Also, there are too many killings and shootouts.

All in all, Ranarangam is an unsatisfactory gangster drama that focuses more on visuals than the story. Technically superior film with rich production values but it is the content that is totally disappointing.

Greatandhra
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