Verdict: Sharwanand’s spellbinding act will bowl you over.
Being an ardent fan of Quentin Tarantino, director Sudheer Varma never hesitates to make movies in the same crime genre that his idol is known for. With his debut movie Swami Ra Ra, he paved way for other filmmakers to make quality movies on a stipulated budget. When this project with Sharwanand was announced, it was natural for expectations to sore high as the actor has time and again proven his mettle with his subtle act. Also starring Kalyani Priyadarshan and Kajal Aggarwal in prominent roles, let’s see what Ranarangam has to offer.
What’s Ranarangam About:
40-year-old Deva (Sharwanand) is a gangster operating from Spain. Cut to 20 years back, Deva and his gang of friends sell black tickets for money. An opportunity knocks their door in the form of liquor prohibition during the NTR regime. Deva takes advantage of the situation and starts bootlegging liquor from other states to Vizag. Parallelly, he falls head over heels for Geetha (Kalyani Priyadarshan). The screenplay switches back and forth from the present to the past. How Deva rose as a deadly gangster with a heart and what happened to Geetha forms the rest of the story.
The best part of Ranarangam is Sharwanand’s flawless act followed by the director’s technical brilliance. Deva’s character dwells in Sharwa’s skin and he is absolutely fabulous in both shades. Kalyani Priyadarshan is decent in her role. The chemistry between them works well. Kajal Aggarwal is good and delivers what she should in a short but important role. Murli Sharma fits the bill well as a local MLA.
Sudheer Varma has once again proven his mettle in getting the best out of his technicians. Prashanth Pillai’s background score is terrific and keeps the momentum going. Divakar Mani’s camerawork is splendid and so is the editing. As usual, the production values of Sithara Entertainment are filled with grandeur.
What Could’ve Been Better:
Although Ranarangam is a well-knit gangster drama, its predictable factor tends to bog you down a bit.
Why You Should Watch:
You rarely get to see this unique brand of scene composition and Ranarangam does it rightly. No second thoughts if you are a fan of Sharwanand‘s movies or Sudheer Varma’s direction. The love chemistry between Sharwa and Kalyani clicks big time and is equally supported by Kajal.