'Chadarangam', the political web-series streaming on ZEE5 from today (Thursday), stars Srikanth as a matinee idol who debuts in politics. His 'arangetram' is opposed by the ruling party, which is a national party controlled by a powerful Family.
Mirroring the rise of the legendary NT Rama Rao in the early 1980s, this "game of power" also touches upon caste dynamics in Andhra Pradesh. Although set in contemporary times, the plot seems to have got a few striking similarities with NTR's political career.
Srikanth's character belongs to "the second most powerful caste" in the State. Ramakrishna (Nagineedu), a Minister, is frustrated that his caste is not encouraged in the ruling party. He allies with Srikanth, who belongs to the same caste as his.
Directed by Raj Anantha, 'Chadarangam' also stars Kousalya, Sunaina and Chalapathi Rao. The last of these plays a media baron who is pro-Srikanth.