'Ranga Ranga Vaibhavanga', produced by BVSN Prasad on Sri Venkateshwara Cine Chitra, was released in theatres today (September 2).
Rishi (Vaisshnav Tej) and Radha (Ketika Sharma) are full of ego. When they were children, they fell out of each other, causing their budding love story to suffer. For the next 10 years, they wait for the other person to say initiate a conversation so that they can openly declare their love for each other. It happens one day but there is a catch. Radha's elder brother Arjun Prasad (Naveen Chandra), an aspiring politician, does something out of uncontrollable anger. This ruins the healthy relations between the two families, despite their male elders (VK Naresh and Prabhu) having been the best and closest of friends for decades. The rest of the film is about what Rishi does to help the two families patch up again.
Vaisshnav Tej is no longer playing the humble underdog of the sort he did in his debut movie, 'Uppena'. It's welcoming that he is choosing a variety of roles. In the film under review, the 'Konda Polam' actor shows some promise but he doesn't go beyond. There is this belief that Ketika Sharma was over-glamourized in her debut movie 'Romantic', while her second movie 'Lakshya' didn't let her derive much either. 'RRV' should have been her breakout performance. But it is a barely decent performance.
Director Gireeshaaya casts the likes of Naveen Chandra in underdeveloped scenes. Comedians like Raghu Babu, Ali and Satya get conventional comical parts. Subbaraju is restrained, while Prabhu acts as if it is a Kollywood movie. VK Naresh is apt, while Tulasi is somewhat over-the-top.
Devi Sri Prasad's music is not unmemorable but it is not a saving grace either. 'Telusa Telusa' and 'Kothaga Ledenti' are passable, with the latter ably helped by Armaan Malik's vocals. Cinematographer Shamdat Sainudeen shows talent.
The film under review is a testimony to what can happen to a love story when the "chemistry" between the lead pair is all about cuddling and kissing and canoodling. There is nothing more that happens between Rishi and Radha when they are not participating in low-key quarreling. They are supposed to exchange a lot in the form of silent glances. But nothing defining exists, probably because the script was written in a superficial manner.
The initial portions narrate the childhood love story between Rishi and Radha. Thankfully, the first act doesn't follow a template. But once the duo become adults, the progress of the story stalls.
The film ignores the pure bond between the characters played by VK Naresh and Prabhu once their kids become adults. The cordial relations between the two families get spoilt overnight. And, suddenly, the two men, who have been friends for decades, start behaving as though they are not supposed to utter anything in the presence of their children.
Writer-director Gireeshaaya derives plot points from a number of movies. And that itself wouldn't have been a minus had the love story and the clash between the two families been fleshed out thoroughly. The TV soap 'Kartheeka Deepam' reference, instead of making the characters played by Tulasi and Pragathi (who are the mothers of Radha and Rishi) seem charmingly innocent, robs the drama of seriousness. The second half is full of such silly ideas.
The pre-interval block and the climax are the only serious portions of the film. What happens before them is juvenile. The medical camp segment, where comedian Satya becomes the butt of mockery, is awkward. The medical college segment is too generic and unfunny.
This film is no fun to watch. The grandeur in the title is not there in the film!