| Comedy, Romance |
Director(s): Venky Atluri
Cast: Nithiin, Keerthy Suresh, Vennela Kishore
Release date: 26th March, 2021
Running time: 2 hrs. 6 mins.
Arjun detests Anu because she has always stolen his thunder ever since she step foot in their colony years ago. Will he ever find it in his heart to love her like she loves him?
With Rang De, Venky Atluri brings forth a ‘cute’ love story (as he put it) that has equal doses of romance, love, jealousy, envy, greed, comedy and of course, family emotions. Basically everything anyone who’s a fan of Indian rom-coms would want out of a film.
Little Arjun (played as an adult by Nithiin) is the apple of his parents’ eye and of everyone in his colony. Being the only toddler there, he’s used to getting all the attention since birth. That is, till four-year-old Anu (played as an adult by Keerthy Suresh) makes an entrance in a pink frock and adorable pigtails to steal all his thunder. Because she’s better at everything than he is, he is constantly asked to do better, be more like her. All Arjun wants is to ensure Anu lives far away from him so people around him can stop comparing him to her, all she wants is to make him happy in hope he loves her the way she loves him. What happens when she’s tired of his derisiveness and decides to give him a taste of his own medicine?
Tollywood has a way with love stories, especially ones that involve close-knitted neighbouring families and leads who are either head-over-heels for each other or constantly at war. Where Venky manages to set his film apart is the way he writes the character of Anu. Even when she pulls something shocking to ensure she’s not married against her choice, there’s only worry from her mother instead of judgement. And she might be head-over-heels for Arjun, but she won’t put up with his nonsense. Scenes of sexual harassment and pregnancy are dealt with sensitivity and maturity.