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12-04-2010, 08:57 AM #1
Rakht Charitra (I & II) a complete viewRakht Charitra (English: A Bloody History) is a two-part Indian biographical film based on the life of Paritala Ravindra, directed by Ram Gopal Varma. The film features Vivek Oberoi as Ravindra, and Surya as Suri, appearing predominantly in the second part. Shatrughan Sinha, Abhimanyu Singh, Kota Srinivasa Rao, Sushant Singh, Priyamani and Radhika Apte play other supporting roles. The film was shot simultaneously in Telugu, Hindi and Tamil, with the two parts releasing three weeks apart while the Tamil version will release as a single part.
The film is based on the life of Paritala Ravindra, a factionist and political leader from Andhra Pradesh who was assassinated by his rivals in 2005.
- Surya as Gangula Suryanarayana Reddy (Maddelacheruvu Suri), nemesis of Ravi
- Vivek Oberoi as Pratap Ravi (Paritala Ravindra)
- Priyamani as Bhawani (Gangula Bhanumati)
- Kota Srinivasa Rao as Nagamani Reddy (Chenna Reddy)
- Radhika Apte as Nandini (Sunitha)
- Abhimanyu Singh as Bukka Reddy (Obul Reddy)
- Shatrughan Sinha as Shivaji Rao (N. T. Rama Rao)
- Sushant Singh as Pratap Shankar
- Tanikella Bharani as Ram Moorthy (Nara ChandraBabu Naidu)
- Ashish Vidyarthi as Manda (Sayanna)
- Sudeep as Special Officer DCP
- Kitty as Narasimha Reddy (Gangula Narayana Reddy)
- Rajendra Gupta as Veera Bhadra
- Ashwini Kalsekar
- Sushmita Mukherjee
- Zarina Wahab
The film starts with a narration about politics and gangs in Ananthapur district, Andhra Pradesh. The opening scene of a murder in broad daylight, which the narrator calls "rakta politics", sets the tone of the movie. Narsimha Reddy, a local politician, is a powerful man in the area. His close associate Veera Bhadra (Rajendra Gupta) is a very close associate to him and is his trustwothy ally for his political work, to the extent that Narsimha Reddy gives him freedom to contest Jilla Parishad polls with his men. Veera Bhadra is a champion of the poor and the oppressed and they look up to him like their leader.
Nagamani Reddy (Kota Srinivasa Rao), who is the local MLA of the district and close to Narasimha Reddy, becomes jealous at the budding trust between Veera Bhadra and Narasimha Reddy, and starts poisoning Narasimha Reddy against Veera Bhadra. Narasimha summons Veera Bhadra and asks him not to contest in the polls with his contestants, but rather support Nagamani Reddy's. Veera Bhadra lashes out at Narasimha Reddy for being unfair to the lower castes and storms out. Nagamani Reddy calls for Manda (Ashish Vidyarthi), a close follower of Veera Bhadra, and manipulates him into killing Veera Bhadra, giving him the assurance that if he does it, people will suspect the policies of Veera Bhadra as his own follower killed him and he will be the next in line as the leader of the poor people, else take his life. Manda reluctantly agrees to it. Veera Bhadra and his wife (Zarina Wahab) travel in a bus with 40 people to a wedding. Manda and Nagmani's men apprehend the bus, kill Veera Bhadra's guards, and tell him to step out of the bus or else he will be killed along with 40 other people. Veera Bhadra comes out, looking at Manda, and dares him to kill. Nagamani's henchman Durga shoots at Veera Bhadra, making it look like Manda shot at him; prompting Manda about the deal he made with Nagamani, he tells him to kill him in front of everyone. Manda takes a huge stone and crushes Veera Bhadra's skull while he is still alive, killing him.
This results in an agitation led by Shankar, who wants to avenge his father's murder by killing all the men of Nagamani and Narasimha Reddy. Enter Nagamani's son Bukka Reddy (Abhimanyu Singh), described as a ruthless man who enjoys raping women and killing men in brutal ways. He starts killing Shankar's men in gory ways: drilling a bore into their skull, chopping off their head with a sugarcane chopper, burning them alive and feeding them to rats.
Pratap Ravi (Vivek Oberoi), who is in college in the city, gets the news of his father's murder and rushes to the village. Nagamani Reddy orders local police inspector to kill Shankar in a fake encounter. When Pratap goes to the police station to ask about his brother, the inspector shows him Shankar's dead body and mocks him. Infuriated with this brother's murder, Pratap and Veer Bhadra's men kill all the police officers and the inspector.
Pratap Ravi swears revenge while hiding in the jungle with his father's associates and vows that he will kill Narsimha Reddy, Nagamani Reddy and Manda one by one, instilling fear of death in each one of them. He starts by busting in the house of Narasimha Reddy, killing his guards and finally killing him by scythe in front of his wife as she looks on in horror. Next is Manda; as he roams in the market, Pratap's men follow him, and before he can defend himself, they chop his palm off. Manda begs for his life but Pratap stabs him in front of everyone. They plan to kill Nagamani Reddy, but they are cautious as there is heavy police security in his house. As Nagamani Reddy is sitting on his lawn conversing with a police officer, he is shot at by Pratap, who is dressed as the cop, and his men, dressed as cops as well, kill most of the policemen.
As Bukka Reddy and his brother Puru Reddy see their father's dead body, Bukka becomes enraged to the extent that he slaps the policewoman (Ashwini Khalsekar) who has come to take the body for postmortem. The story progresses as famed filmstar-turned-politician Shivaji Rao (Shatrughan Sinha) targets Anandpur for contesting elections. The day he enters Anandpur for the rally, Bukka's men throw bombs, which makes Shivaji Rao get back inside the car and go back. This insults him heavily and he asks his secretary for the one who can stop Bukka. Immediately, his secretary mentions Pratap's name; Shivaji Rao sends for him and puts down a proposal of joining his party and ticket for contesting elections. On the other hand, Bukka Reddy makes his brother Puru Reddy contest for elections and tries to sabotage the voting process by stealing the ballots. Pratap starts his rampage by eliminating, one by one, every rival of his party. Eventually, he comes across a man named Babu Qadri who seeks Pratap's help in avenging his sister's death. Bukka Reddy had raped his 16-year-old sister, because of which she immolated herself, and Bukka had then broken Babu Qadri's leg. Pratap assures him his vengeance but asks him to forget everything for some time.
As Bukka's men fail in rigging the election process, Pratap wins by a majority. Immediately, Bukka Reddy is arrested. Puru Reddy seeks the help of opposition leader Sethji's help in influencing the release of Bukka on bail. As soon as Pratap learns of this news, he looks out for the location where Bukka is hiding underground. Bukka, inflamed with the desire to avenge his father's death, hides out in an apartment with his men, planning to kill Pratap Ravi. As Pratap comes to know about his hideout he devises a plan to execute him. He immediately gathers his men and calls Babu Qadri, who had sought Pratap's help in avenging his sister, to lead the execution of Bukka Reddy. He calls for the servant of Bukka Reddy and bribes him with 5 lakhs to aid in the execution. Babu Qadri and Pratap's men rush into the apartment, killing all Bukka's men; Babu shoots at Bukka but he escapes the bullets and runs to the back door's balcony, where Babu shoots him from behind, cuts him in pieces with his axe and keeps on cutting him, fuelled by anger vented out in satisfaction. Pratap Ravi, being at the peak of his power with Shivaji Rao's full support, invites all the gangsters of the state to his place for lunch; after lunch he orders everyone to stop their illegal activities or face the music, emphasizing the power that he has in the state now.
The film opened to mostly positive reviews from critics, garnering particular praise for Ram Gopal Varma's direction and powerful performances from the ensemble cast. On the review-aggregation website ReviewGang, the film scored 5.0/10 based on 6 reviews. Bollywood Hungama claimed that Varma "handled a number of sequences brilliantly", drawing comparison with the filmmaker's previous successful ventures including Satya and Sarkar. He also went on to praise the performances, labelling Vivek Oberoi as "super efficient", and gave the film a rating of three stars."Ram Gopal Varma doles out another concoction of outlaw politics with all his favorite ingredients — an intense ensemble cast, new south Indian baddies, edgy wide angle camerawork and a trademark theme track." Moviebuzz wrote that the film was "a feast for serious moviegoers". Daily News and Analysis and Filmfare gave the film a 4/5 rating and Midday Mirror gave it 3.5/5.
In the movie it is shown that stones and bombs are thrown by Bukka Reddy and his men when Shivaji Rao (NTR) visits Dharmavaram during an election campaign in the 1990s. After that incident, in the movie, Shivaji Rao immediately flees in his car with a voiceover of Ram Gopal Varma calling him a coward.
In the film it is also shown that Shivaji Rao (NTR) makes a hand sign that says 'Out', implicitly giving Prathap, Paritala Ravi permission to kill Bukka Reddy (Obul Reddy).
However, NTR died one year before the murder of Obul Reddy. Ram Gopal Varma also admitted that he made a blunder regarding this incident.
Other historical inaccuracies in the film's portrayal of events include the following:
- The film shows that Prathap married Nandini from another family. In fact, Sunitha is the daughter of Kondaiah, Paritala Ravi's maternal uncle from the village of Seerpi Kottaala, Uravakonda constituency. After losing his father and brother, Ravi wanted to take shelter to protect himself from his rivals. He went to his uncle Kondaiah to take shelter. He married his uncle’s daughter Suneetha in 1986 and took up cultivation.
- The film shows that Manda was killed by Prathap. In reality, Sayanna was killed by Paritala Hari.
- Paritala Hari is younger than Paritala Ravi, though the film suggests that Shankar is older than Prathap.
- Pothula Suresh, leader of ROC killed Chenna Reddy.
- Ramana Reddy became MLA in 1991 after the assassination of Chenna Reddy.
- NTR formed TDP in 1982. Paritala Ravi became MLA (by defeating Ramana Reddy) in 1993.
- Ramana Reddy was shot dead by ROC in 1994. Obul Reddy was murdered in 1996. In 1996, while Obul Reddy and his three henchmen were in a lodge in Hyderabad with a prostitute, he was attacked by ROC. He was taking a bath. That prostitute was sent away from the room and the henchmen were hacked down. Then they brought Obul Reddy outside the bathroom. His throat was slit almost completely and his genitals were brutally mutilated. They escaped from there immediately. Paritala Ravindra was the prime accused.
Review: Rakht Charitra 2
In Rakht Charitra 2, director Ram Gopal Varma continues the revenge saga that he started with the first film, which released in October. In case you missed it, Varma begins with approximately 25 minutes of footage from the first film to bring you up to speed. At the screening I was at, most people thought that Rakht Charitra 1 was playing by mistake. Clearly Varma doesn't believe in montage.
The films are loosely based on the life of Paritala Ravindra, a political leader from Andhra Pradesh. While the first part focused on the rise of Pratap, played by Vivek Oberoi, the second focuses on how his arch-enemy Surya, played by South star Suriya, takes revenge.
It's a high decibel, heavy-handed saga of killing and counter-killing without a break or even a larger point. Though Varma does tell us at the end that the film demonstrates the futility of violence - a noble sentiment, which is not unlike preaching abstinence at the end of a porn film. Because for over two hours Varma explores the myriad ways of inflicting violence- so heads are crushed, limbs are severed, families are bombed and bullets pierce bodies without a pause. This is Varma's gritty universe, in which all the men make cryptic pronouncements and smoke and stride in slow motion. And just in case you still don't get it, the bombastic soundtrack underlines every emotion.
Rakta Charitra 1 had an urgency that kept the narrative moving despite the clumsy voice-over and mind-numbing violence. The sequel has some powerful scenes but lacks cohesion. In places, the scenes seem stitched together quite randomly. Oberoi, who was so much more effective in the first, mostly flares his nostrils and looks grim.
But Suriya saves the film from being a total loss. His expressive eyes have a quiet strength and his presence sears the screen. Will someone please find him a better Bollywood script? I'm going with two stars.
Pratap keeps on rising to power and becomes a demigod for the poor and the oppressed, until he meets with his biggest obstacle: his nemesis, Surya Narayana Reddy.
Special Arrangement Suriya in 'Raktha Charithra'.
Tamil actor Suriya says his Bollywood debut ‘Raktha Charitra’ was not a planned launch.
“It was a script that Ram Gopal Varma had and was a unique one. I wanted to work with him for a long time and things just fell in place,” Suriya said..
Suriya said it was the first time he worked simultaneously in Hindi, Telugu and Tamil versions for the movie, a high intense revenge drama directed by Ram Gopal Varma.
The second part of the movie releases on December 3.
“In the first part, my character was the hunted. The second one is about a man wanting to wreak vengeance for the loss of his loved ones. I’m an engineer who wants to settle down in a job, when life takes an unexpected turn,” he said and denied that the film has gone overboard with violence.
The 35-year-old actor said it was a huge challenge to do three versions simultaneously. “Doing the first scene was difficult but repeating the same in other two languages was like doing a retake,” Suriya said.
He said he would do Tamil first and use the same emotions for other two versions. “The ‘first AD system’ that RGV adopts helps save time. The assistant directors are given a clear brief of the scenes, everything is ready well ahead, so there’s clarity on the sets,” Suriya said.
Even though his recent films have been highly successful at the box office, Suriya says the initial five years of his career were full of struggles. His major break came in 2002 with ‘Nandha’, directed by Baala. Playing the role of an ex-convict who is very attached to his mother, he received a Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Actor.
Suriya said he owes his success as an actor to ’Nandha’ “It was the role of a juvenile prisoner. There was hardly one page of dialogue for me. I had to play with my eyes to emote. I was noticed as an actor with this movie,” he recalls.
“In the initial five years, I was not the chooser. I had to take up all opportunities that came my way to get a hold in the industry. I had to work for survival,” he said.
Suriya is currently working on ‘7aam Arivu’ with his director A. R. Murugadoss, the man who gave the actor’s super-hit “Ghajini”. He plays a physically-challenged circus artiste in the film.
“Our biggest challenge is to overpower Ghajini,” he said adding that the film is slated for release in mid-2011.
Even though he is the son of actor Sivakumar, Suriya worked in a garment export factory for two years before being launched in movies in 1997 by director Vasanth in ‘Nerrukku Ner’, a film produced by Mani Ratnam.
The actor feels the aesthetics and sensibilities of cinema in South and Mumbai are different. “In Mumbai, it is urban while in Tamil it is more middle class. Besides, cinema tickets in Mumbai and up north are steep as compared to Tamil Nadu,” Suriya said adding that Tamil film industry was more conservative than Bollywood.
The actor said that Mumbai was not new to him as his wife Jyothika is from Bandra.
He said he was open to good offers from Bollywood but his Tamil film commitments were a priority for him.
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12-05-2010, 10:25 PM #2
Director: Ram Gopal Varma
Writer: Prashanth Pandey
Cinematagrophy: Amol Rathor
Editor: Nipun Ashok Gupta
Cast: Vivek Oberoi, Suriya, Shatrugan Sinha, Priyamani, Radhika Apte, Zarina Wahab, Sudeep.
Grade: B- Paisa Vasool
Some films are watched for the star cast, some for their grandeur, some for the production houses and a select few for the filmmaker. Love him or hate him, but you cannot ignore RGVís films. His latest offering is the second volume and the end of the saga-Raktha Charitra-II.
Story: Well, the story is the continuation of Vol-I. It is the story of Pratap Ravi, a factionist turned politician and his enemy Surya who wants to avenge the death of his family members. Ravi massacres Narasimha Reddy (Raja Krishnamoorthy) and Nagamani Reddy (Kota Srinivasa Rao) to avenge the death of his brother and father. Later, Ravi becomes a politician and minister with the help of actor turned politician Sivaji Rao (Shatrugan Sinha). Ravi slowly becomes a force to reckon with and his invincibility goes unchallenged. Then enters Suriya, the son of Narasimha Reddy, who tries to blow up Raviís car and fails. The reason behind the murder attempt is obvious; Suriya wants to avenge his fatherís death. But, that is not all, a flashback episode later reveals the story of Surya which Iíll keep under wraps as I do not want to spoil the thrill. The police later arrest Surya and Ravi tries to kill Surya in order to survive. The rest of the story is about who kills whom.
Analysis: People who have not watched Raktha Charitra ĖI need not hesitate about watching this film. Ramu makes sure that the new audience is fed with a gist of the first volumeís story. For this purpose, he dedicates the first half hour of his two and a half hours saga. I reckon this is a good way to attract new audience. The world premiere of the first volume last Saturday should also encourage the audience to come watch the second volume.
Direction: I was actually not too happy with Vol-I, but after watching Vol-II, I feel the movie is completely justified. Avid RGV fans are definitely in for a treat and those who are not are also in for a surprise. Ramu never deviates from the story and keeps the audience hooked to their seats throughout. Few scenes were really pulsating.
Especially the bomb blast scene where Suriya is introduced (RGV shows no car blowing up interestingly), the build up to the scene before Suriya is produced in the court, the climax sequence and the appearance of Suriya in the frame before shooting Vivek are just brilliantly done. Also the incidents, which make both the characters take up violence, have a similar pattern, which make the audience understand the similarity between the two guys.
One can get to see all the aspects of Ramuís filmmaking which most of us are used to by now. Acute and obscure camera angles, gritty writing and raw faces with the least bit of makeup, everything Ramu style. One scene, which would sure mark the genius of Ramu, is the scene where Suriya is trying to escape the crossfire between the two gangs and a kid is shown running in the foreground while a goon falls to the ground after being shot (in the background).
Editing by Nipun Ashok Gupta is crisp and the camera work by Amol Rathod is typical Ramu style. Writing by Prashant Pandey is good. The background score by Dharam-Sandeep is mostly the same as in the first volume.
Performances: Vivek Oberoi surely deserves a pat on his back for pulling off the character Pratap Ravi with such panache. Surely, this is his finest work to date. If he was good in the first volume he just gets better and better in the second volume. His face-off with Suriya in the prison and his yes/no argument with Shatrugan Sinha were simply brilliant. To be honest, Vivek carries the whole film on his shoulders.
Coming to the south Superstar Suriya, he does his job neatly. RGV himself wrote in his blog that Suriyaís eyes did all the acting in the film and this is completely true. After RGVís Shiva, there comes a character where most of the dialogues are spoken with the eye. His reactions in the TV blast scene are brilliant. He is sure to be noticed by the audience of Hindi cinema.
Shatrugan Sinha only plays a cameo this time and continues his wonderful work that we got to see in the first volume. Kota Srinivasa Rao and Abhimanyu Singh reappear in the flashback episode and people were going gaga cheering Bukka Reddy. Sudhakar as Krishna is adequate. Sudeep as the cop is impressive and his encounters with Vivek and Suriya are top notch. Both the ladies in the film, Priyamani and Radhika Apte are good. Radhika Apte was particularly brilliant in the scene where she argues with Vivek. The rest of the cast is adequate.
The film is a rarity in Hindi cinema, which tries to depict a real incident from Andhra Pradesh and showcases the raw emotion of vengeance. RGV is actually criticized for glorifying violence on screen. But, in this film he tries to show the viewpoints of two characters who enter into a personal vendetta with a sublime touch of emotion.
If there is any thing that the audience needs to be aware of in this film is its content. Yes, it is predictable and also one has to see how the audiences would lap up the subject after the first volume not being received well by the audiences in the North....being a human...