Rakta Charitra I - the blood finally works for RGV

By Renjith VP, SiliconIndia   |   Friday, 29 October 2010, 23:19 Hrs   |    5 Comments
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Bangalore: Now that's what I call a 'gory' comeback. Rakta Charitra I, a biopic of Andhra politician Paritala Ravi, has bought back Ram Gopal Varma to his old ways of realistic movie making.

The film seems to have worked well with the audience which reflects in its first week collection. It also marks a comeback for Vivek Oberoi who has been delivering flops for the time being. The movie set in the state of Andhra Pradesh, tells the story of violent antecedents that brought Paritala Ravi to power and has provided ample scope for Oberoi to display his much questioned acting province.

Violence is definitely out of question when it's RGV at the director's chair and the movie's christened 'Rakta Charitra'. RGV has reveled in his skill of portraying bloody images, the 'Quentin Tarantino way' of depicting stylized violence. With violence which rampages through the many scenes of chopping off heads and limbs, burning bodies, shooting point blanc and splattering of blood, is heightened by the gritty background score. The story is definitely a brutal reflection on the muck that masquerades as democracy in India. Though Ram Gopal Varma's attempt to transform the real incidents into film is fairly questionable, the performance from the cast surely gives us a tinge of what we ideate to be reality.

The unapologetic and relentless violence running throughout the movie doesn't seem to bore at all. In fact, the performance from Abhimanyu Singh as Bukka Reddy, the murderous, rapist South Indian baddy definitely gets highlighted than that of Vivek. Characters are intensely built, and emotions are painstakingly captured, and I simply loved some edgy wide angle camerawork in the movie. But there is an absence of punch dialogues and though there are interesting moments, they are too few and far between. People who know the whole political drama will enjoy the 110 minutes of running time but the drama part gets less weight age as the movie gets to the thick of things only towards the middle.

You will definitely love the movie if you had been thrilled before by Shiva, Satya and Sarkar from the same director. You may find it as just another revenge story, if you are not into violence and rough character sketches and to an extent - sensationalism. There is yet another sequel to watch out for and frankly when I saw the trailer of Rakta Charitra II at the end featuring Surya, the South Indian star, my first reaction was "OMG, now what's that! I am definitely coming back soon".

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