Deva (Sharwanand) is a gangster living in Spain who remembers his humble beginnings as a black movie ticket seller in Visakhapatnam. Him and his loyal friends (Raja Chembolu, Adarsh Balakrishna, Sudharshan) decide to take advantage of the liquor prohibition imposed on the state under the NTR regime, smuggling in alcohol from Odisha in innovative ways and selling them for a profit. He also remembers the time he fell head-over-heels for a girl (Kalyani Priyadarshan), whom he tells the truth of his profession. He makes a lot of enemies along the way, including an MLA, effortlessly played by Murli Sharma who modulates his voice and changes his body language for this role.
The film shifts between two time-frames, of Deva's life in Visakhapatnam in the past and in Spain at present. There's a young girl he brings up who calls him by his name & it isn't clear yet who she is and where she has come from. Geeta (Kajal Aggarwal) is a doctor he happens to come across one fateful night and whose lives intercept for better or worse.
The first half of the film doesn't pack in a lot of revealing information, but it definitely packs in enough drama. The to-and-fro between the time frames gets a little too random at times but for the most part it works. While the cast delivers earnest performances what majorly works for the film is the way it's styled. While Prasanth Pillai's music is a delight, it's his BGM that truly stands out. Cinematographer Diwakar Mani too delivers some stand-out frames, especially in two scenes - one of which involves rain, the other an elevator.
While the first half of Ranarangam is definitely a delight to watch on-screen, it remains to be seen if the film has enough substance backing all that style.