Ranga Ranga Vaibhavanga' hit the screens this Friday (September 2). In this section, we are going to review the latest box office release.
Rishi (Panja Vaisshnav Tej) and Radha (Ketika Sharma) are childhood friends who turned into supposed enemies after a trivial quarrel over a male classmate. Their respective fathers (played by VK Naresh and Prabhu, respectively) are all-weather friends.
For ten years, Rishi and Radha are not on talking terms although they have unconfessed feelings of love for each other. Just as things start taking a turn for the better, Radha's elder brother Vamsi (Naveen Chandra) becomes a reason for the souring of relations between the two families.
How can two individuals who are in love have petty ego clashes for 10 years (TEN YEARS!), so much so, they refuse to talk with each other despite wanting to do the opposite? How can any adult wait forever for the other one to take initiative when their clashes were birthed by a supremely silly incident? It's not like they are a married couple who are fighting for an upper hand in a domestic set-up.
The chemistry between Radha and Rishi is a non-starter. Two light songs (Devi Sri Prasad knew that this is a vague story and therefore, he rehashes his old tunes) are sought to act as a stand-in for the absence of chemistry.
To put it mildly, the film doesn't have a coherent second half. Filler scenes have been used to somehow make it a 65-minute-long stretch. The climax is stuffed with stale ingredients.
The female lead's elder brother is an aspiring politician. This track is littered with laughable ideas, with the characters played by Subbaraju, Naga Babu and Nagineedu attempting to complete the arc (if it has got one, in the first place).
Vaisshnav Tej's performance is passable. Ketika Sharma looked far better in her first film, probably because of Puri Jagannadh's instructions to its director. She puts on heavy make-up in the film under review. The production values are decent.
Director Gireeshaaya pens a largely predictable story. Be it the rom-com track or the family drama portions, nothing works in this case.