Rudrangi starring Jagapathi Babu is generating immense interest as it is directed by Ajay Samrat who worked for Baahubali and RRR as a writer. The cast of Mamta MohanDas, Vimala Raman increased the curiosity and the teaser and trailer made an impact. The film's OTT partner is yet to be finalised and streaming will be after the end of its theatrical run. The film is releasing on 7 July 2023. Let us find out what Rudrangi got in store for the viewers.
Rudrangi's story is all about how landlords even after independence oppressed the poor and downtrodden in a merciless manner.
The people of Rudrangi Village in Telangana after still under the rule of feudalism even after the Indian independence. They are oppressed by the likes of landlords (Doras). How the lives of Mahesh ( Asish Gandhi), Rudrangi( Ganavi Lakshman) get affected due to Bheemrao Deshmukh ( Jagapati Babu), Meera Bai( Vimala Raman), Mamatha MohanDas and Bhujanga Rao( Kalakeya Prabhakar) from the rest of the story.
Jagapathi Babu looked ferocious and menacing on the screen. He with his experience demonized the role increasing its intensity though it had routine shades. His menacing expressions through his eyes said many powerful words. His dialogue delivery though loud made a stunning impact. His body language and mannerisms showed that he did not act but lived in the role. However, his appearance looked quite odd and diluted the intensity levels.
Mamta MohanDas made a stunning return to the silver screen in Tollywood. She not only looked glamorous but her role filled with valor made a powerful impact. She made a strong presence on the screen and her dialogue delivery and accent are good though she fumbled at times. Vimala Raman is good as a loyal wife who couldn't raise her voice beyond a point. Ganavi Lakshman played the role of Rudrangi quite well. Her role is loaded with emotions and she did full justice.
Ashish Gandhi is the surprise pack. His introduction appeals to all and the high-octane scenes canned on him elevated the film to another level. Kaalakeya Prabhakar made his presence felt in a short but powerful role. RS. Nanda is good with his dialogues which are effective one-liners.
Rudrangi's story penned by Ajay Samrat highlighted how the landlords crushed the poor and weaker sections in Telangana even after Independence. Ajay Samrat who worked as a writer for Rajamouli in RRR and Baahubali, wrote an intense action-packed story loaded with emotions.
He started the first half in an intense manner and highlighted the behavior, mannerism, and personality of various characters, he generated interest in dealing with the quadrangular love story. The first half is loaded with intense and powerful dialogues and emotions and it ends in an interesting manner with all the characters getting equal presence.
Many expected a similar kind of narration in the second half. However, Ajay Samrat concentrated only on two or three characters, and in the process, Mamta MohanDas who made an impact in the first half goes missing. This had an effect in the second half. Routiness crept in and emotions looked forced and much logic was missed in the second half. The climax seems to have been rushed.
The background score of Nawfal Raja Asi is good. It elevated the scenes and made a good impact. However, at times, it turned out to be loud. The songs are situational and the folk song shot by producer Rasamayi Balakishan is foottapping and impactful. Divi Vaidthya sizzled in a special song. Bonthala Nageswara Reddy's editing is good but could have been better in the second half. Dialogues are in sync with the story. The production values of Rasamayi Films are good.
Altogether, Rudrangi is an interesting periodic fictional drama. Ajay Samrat got the optimum from Jagapathi Babu, Mamta MohanDas, and Ashish Gandhi. Little tweaks in the script and screenplay working on the story would have turned Rudrangi more powerful. Considering all these elements. Cinejosh goes with a 2.5 rating for Rudrangi.