Rangasthalam - hear we are


2018, Telugu

Directed by Sukumar

Ram Charan as Chitti Babu
Samantha as Rama Lakshmi
Jagapathi Babu as the President
Aadhi Pinnisetty as Kumar Babu
Anusuya Bharadwaj as Rangamma

Mohan's Measure ✳️ ✳️ ✳️

The savage in man is never quite eradicated. - Henry David Thoreau

Samantha. Need we say more to describe the only young woman in Tollywood who can be a sex symbol and still remain adorable.  The fact that she can with little makeup makes her perfect for the heroine in Rangasthalam.

Keeping pace with her, Mr. Ram Charan holds his own in playing the archetype 80s anti-hero reminiscent of his father. Chitti Babu is a hard of hearing, drunken village bumpkin who finds meaning only in his "Lachimi" and in his brother, the only one man enough to stand up against the nefarious President of the little village.  

It is the scenery of this village which serves as the stage for the clothing and music of the 80s, a time when Socialism kept India largely a nation of villages. 

It is in this village atmosphere, where oil lamps and transistor radios are the only connections with anything civilized, that law and order play second to the sheer brutality and survivalism of patriarchal honor.

Playing out like an old Western, Rangasthalam is more about killing than living, while still pandering to an audience of expatriates who perhaps find nostalgic connection to the overarching eroticism of it all. For it is in the swamps, the savage natural elements, as Robert Bly says, that man can discover his inner instincts, his inner passions, and the codes which drive him.  Sadly, here too, man discovers his sadistic taste for blood.

A brutal reboot of 80s movies, Rangasthalam is as entertaining as it is disillusioning.