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Rangam
Deepa Garimella / fullhyd.com
EDITOR RATING
4.0
Performances
Script
Music/Soundtrack
Visuals
7.0
3.0
6.0
7.5
Suggestions
Can watch again
No
Good for kids
No
Good for dates
No
Wait to rent it
Yes
Well, we all know what this quarterly ritual of unleashing Tamil and Kannada blockbusters in town has come to mean - 3 guaranteed hours of all-consuming boredom every 3 months. And this season, Rangam takes upon itself the task of living up to what 99% of its predecessors did.

Rangam is basically an over-simplified us vs them story involving politicians and the rest of us. Jeeva stars as Ashwath, a spunky press photographer who fits the usual hero's character template of helping the police nab notorious robbers, etc.

In the local political cesspool are the evil yet seasoned Kondalrayudu (Kota Srinivasa Rao), the tough-talking CM (Prakash Raj) and the aspiring youth politician Vasanth (Ajmal). For the upcoming elections, while Kondalrayudu's men zoom up on the approval ratings among the masses thanks to their free flow of money, Vasanth's rousing speeches on "youth power" have no takers.

The obstacles in Vasanth's rise to power, and Ashwath's role in his ascent are what the movie is all about. Ashwath's colleague Renuka (Kartika) also plays her part in uncovering some political muck.

There indeed are reasons Rangam is a hit in the land of its release. The star power, the good-looking presentation, slick editing and the performances come together in creating a rather energetic film. Also, the action sequences are quite nicely done.

While Jeeva seems every bit as resourceful and full of life as the enterprising journalist he plays, and Kartika does well in her limited list of specifications she's given, the two aren't enough to make the script appealing. At least not in this part of the country, where they aren't even stars, leave alone being bankable.

The plot is dressed up to be a thrilling crime suspense, but ends up being too preposterous. For instance, the clues that Ashwath puts together to nab the perpetrator of a high-profile bomb blast are far-fetched, to say the least. So is Renuka's "astonishing" discovery of Ashwath's past - which she stumbles upon by piecing together 2 totally random pictures from random places. Also, there's a romantic track that lacks fizz.

And then there's the question of length. Rangam indulges in l-o-o-o-ng sequences of situations that are totally uninteresting in the first place. The fight with the terrorist gang in the end is a case in point - the scene stretches to way beyond the limit legally permitted to be shown to audiences without mortally wounding them.

Kota Srinivasa Rao essays a humdrum part, but seems as enthused about it as he always is. Ajmal has screen presence, and Piaa Bajpai makes a great impression with her limited role. Prakash Raj plays a character that has no logical ending.

Meanwhile, Harris Jayraj's tunes are pretty good, and the song with all the celebrities is a treat for the star-gazers.

Let's just put it this way - leave this film alone and it will leave you alone.
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  • Cast
    Jeeva, Kartika, Piaa Bajpai, Kota Srinivasa Rao, Ajmal, Prakash Raj
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    Harris Jayraj
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    K V Anand
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    Not screening currently in any theatres in Hyderabad.
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TOP COMMENT
raj mak on 10th Jun 2011, 4:21pm | Permalink
Deepa Garimella should stop writing reviews. Though this movie is not a mindblowing one, it has enough to enthuse the audience. It is far better than the movies like 'Mr.Perfect', '100%love' and 'teenmar' for which DG has given better ratings. In fact 'Mr.Perfect' was sucking with all the predictable storyline repeated in many family drama movies. Prabhas action is too artificial trying to imitate the natural Pawan Kalyan. His body language is more suited to action clips and everytime attempts at romance and lighter comedy it looks very artificial.
Rangam has good storyline, good performances barring the heroine, good twists and keeps audience on the seats till the end. That itself shows that the movie has captured the interest of the audience. Overall it is a well made movie.
-raj mak

Pros: twists, screenplay
Cons: heroine, some lengthy scenes
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RANGAM USER REVIEWS
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8 USERS
Performances
Script
Music/Soundtrack
Visuals
7.3
7.9
7.4
7.8
Can watch again - Yes
Good for kids - Yes
Good for dates - No
Wait to rent it - Yes
krishna on 16th Aug 2012, 11:40pm | Permalink
Finally it proved all the negetives wrong and went on to become block buster. We should not be biased. We are always so and think wrong
sumanth232 on 8th Apr 2012, 3:09am | Permalink
Worst and heart breaking review from Deepa for such an awesome movie(a movie which can be said as a movie which is on par with quintessential shankar movies) Mind blowing movie.. hatsoff to the director k.v.anand. Our telugu directors should learn from the tamil directors, about how to
take a movie, without limiting themselves to the typical old telugu massy trend.

Pros: story, screenplay, music, direction, and what not...
Cons: hard to think of any
kesava on 23rd Jun 2011, 8:20am | Permalink
Looks like Tamil Tambis are hurt by deepa's review. Relax machas.

Pros: some scenes
Cons: predictable
RATING
6
Srinivas on 19th Jun 2011, 3:02am | Permalink
I have read several reviews of Deepa and no doubt for most of the telugu direct movies she has had very intelligent reviews. Unfortunately for dubbed movies her reviews cannot be taken at the face value. It is clear she is biased. If she takes out the the biased portion I think she will dfo just fine.
This movie has so many positive sides and infact it is beating out direct telugu movies left and right in the box office.
In fact this is a good lesson for our movie makers. Even if it is an action movie you need the right content with correct proportion. Not that we dont have the talent. But it is the attitude of the Top movie actors that brought us to this level
b.c.sekhar on 11th Jun 2011, 1:38pm | Permalink
yes...
deepa writes most stupid reviews i ever read
I always wonder hw she still manages to write reviews
Why she isnt fired? Strange...
RATING
8
raj mak on 10th Jun 2011, 4:21pm | Permalink
Deepa Garimella should stop writing reviews. Though this movie is not a mindblowing one, it has enough to enthuse the audience. It is far better than the movies like 'Mr.Perfect', '100%love' and 'teenmar' for which DG has given better ratings. In fact 'Mr.Perfect' was sucking with all the predictable storyline repeated in many family drama movies. Prabhas action is too artificial trying to imitate the natural Pawan Kalyan. His body language is more suited to action clips and everytime attempts at romance and lighter comedy it looks very artificial.
Rangam has good storyline, good performances barring the heroine, good twists and keeps audience on the seats till the end. That itself shows that the movie has captured the interest of the audience. Overall it is a well made movie.
-raj mak

Pros: twists, screenplay
Cons: heroine, some lengthy scenes
prasu66 on 3rd Jun 2011, 11:39pm | Permalink
The Movie is very good one...........
It is the best telugu movie released in may....
The editors review is totally rubbish.
The story is very good and the director handled the script very well.......... Music is brilliant.......
performances are good from all the artists.......... Go and watch the movie and enjoy it..............

Pros: script, direction, performances by artists,music
Cons: one song is misplaced after the interval
Vara on 16th May 2011, 6:25pm | Permalink
I am going with reviewer, there is no logical conclusion

Pros: narration, story
Cons: Music, visuals
RATING
4
vamshi_infy on 16th May 2011, 12:40pm | Permalink
Movie is based on journalism, youth & politics on the lines of Yuva.
It’s engaging though screenplay at times is slow.

+ves:
- Subtle story.
- Songs especially the first two
- Cinematography.
- Jeeva suited the role, Pia Bajpai is cute.

-ves:
- Karthika-she is horrible.
- Some typical mass comedy which did not jell.

Final Word: Can be watched once.

Pros: Jeeva, Songs and Script
Cons: Karthika
dr.sunil on 16th May 2011, 12:56am | Permalink
it is better movie in recent times.what reviewer has told is utterly rubbish.i and my wife liked the movie.visuals in movie are so good.worth watching.we need to encourage good movies.

Pros: script and narration
Cons: telugu dubbing
aswattha on 14th May 2011, 10:44pm | Permalink
Movie is not as bad as the reviewer is trying to make it look and is definitely one of the better movies i saw in recent times (the other are shakti, Mr. Perfect, Nenu Naa rakshasi, 100% love). Go with a bit low expectations and although the storyline is predictable movie is good.

Pros: Jeeva
Cons: Songs
RATING
7
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