But for Ram Charan’s omnipresence in the film, the overtly dragged Telugu film ‘Rangasthalam’, directed by Sukumar based on a real story in a village in Rayalaseema, finally entered the Rs.100-crore club bringing cheers to the mega family of Chiranjeevi and the fans.
Despite unexplained beard he was sporting, Ram Charan’s role as a deaf pump repairing man in the village has revolved around the feudal system prevalent in a village that was striving to come out of the clutches of a village president in the pre-mandal era of Andhra Pradesh.
The final twist in the film makes many realise how a village youth could be determined enough to take revenge over his brother’s killing after reviving the target man from a two-year coma. What happens next is none of our problem as anybody could kill anybody and escape the arrest in the film. Was it like this in the early 1980s in Rayalaseema?
A perfect beginning and end but Sukumar has taken too much liberty to drag the film with little or no meaningful role to other actors. No wonder, Chiranjeevi was not convinced about the pace of the film that he had apparently suggested some re-shoots.
Samantha, in her most natural, form brings relief to a monotonous chasing throughout the film. Despite all the hiccups, the film has gone well for the mega family that it has crossed Rs.100-crore mark in just 3 days. Owing to its natural village settings, the film was undoubtedly more appealing to Australia where the film grossed the second biggest opening in 2018, second only to Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Padmaavat.
Trade analyst Taran Adarsh tweeted: “This is HUGE… This is an EYE-OPENER… Telugu film #Rangasthalam is the SECOND BIGGEST *opening weekend grosser*  in AUSTRALIA… Collects A$ 289,768 [₹ 1.45 cr] in its opening weekend… Top 5 list follows… @Rentrak (sic).”
Also the Telugu film entered the Rs 100 crore club in just 3 days, the fastest Telugu film to get there after SS Rajamouli’s ‘Baahubali’. It has collected $2.45 million in USA becoming the 4th highest grosser among Telugu films.