Movie: Rangula Raatnam
Banner: Annapurna Studios
Cast: Raj Tarun, Chitra Shukla, Sithara, Priyadarshi and others
Music: Sreecharan Pakala
Editor: Sreekar Prasad
Produced by: Annapurna Studios
Written and directed by: Shreeranjani
Release date: Jan 14, 2017
Generally, small films perform well when biggies turn out to be disappointments. As both "Agnyaathavaasi" and "Jai Simha" have failed to impress general audiences, suddenly expectations on Raj Tarun's "Rangula Raatnam" have soared.
Let's find out if the film has reached them.
Vishnu (Raj Tarun) leads a happy life as an employee working in a software company. He lives with his mother (Sithara). He gets impressed by Keerthy (Chitra Shukla) at a wedding event. She works in an event management company. She turns out to be the same girl who he has seen daily on the road following strict traffic rules.
His mother is happy that he has finally liked a girl. When his mother suddenly passes away, his life comes crashing down and Keerthy stands beside him. She starts loving him.
However, she is very particular about cleanliness, hygiene, safe travel, etc. This leads to problems between them. How does their story end?
Raj Tarun has played the role that he has done in several other movies, yet he has shown his mark in emotional sequences.
Chitra has fitted well in the role but she looks a bit older than Raj Tarun due to her matured face.
Sithara as mother has got best role in the movie and she steals the show although she has little space in the film. Priyadarshi as a friend is okay.
It seems the film is made with shoestring budget; there is hardly any impressive technical output from any member.
Raj Tarun performance
Films made with low-budget and with little-known actors are being welcomed by Telugu audiences these days provided they are narrated in engaging and entertaining way. Annapurna Studios produced "Rangula Raatnam" is also a film that has simple story.
The film is directed by newcomer Shreeranjani. The woman director has not brought anything new on board for this regular plot but she has tried to present in women's angle. The mother's characterisation, the heroine's fears and her reluctance are best example for this.
"Rangula Raatnam" doesn't come to the point immediately. The film starts off like a regular story and it turns sentiment story by interval.
Post interval, the movie again splits into two different themes. However, the interval sequence is emotional and also reminds us Dhanush starrer "Raghuvaran BTech" which had similar setup.
The film then goes downhill but thankfully comes to the point towards the climax sequences. The final scenes are handled well.
Two sequences stand out: hero's shock value at sudden loss of his mother and hero hearing his mother's voice notes in the later part of the movie.
Despite feeble conflict, not-so-impressive romantic track, "Rangula Raatnam" offers some nice emotional sequences, and it also does have engaging final episodes. Sentiment is its trump card.
However, a better handling, an engaging narration would have made much difference. The uneven screenplay, low technical values, and boring romantic episodes have affected the mood.
Overall, "Rangula Raatnam" is regular romantic story made with high dose of sentiment. Those who like slow-paced movies with sentiment scenes may like it but for others, it is a disappointment.
Bottom-line: Sentiment Raatnam