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Rakta Charitra
Deepa Garimella / fullhyd.com
EDITOR RATING
5.0
Performances
Script
Music/Soundtrack
Visuals
9.0
5.0
7.0
7.0
Suggestions
Can watch again
No
Good for kids
No
Good for dates
No
Wait to rent it
Yes
While we fully acknowledge Ram Gopal Varma's knack of turning real-life crime into dramatic cinema, and his flair for slickness in presentation, it's his irreverence for sunshine that is disturbing. In Rakta Charitra, Indian cinema's enfant terrible may just have peaked in his perennial quest to portray the worst in man.

Based on the factionism in Anantapur that served as Paritala Ravi's rise to power, the film is essentially a dissection of - not crime, not the "system" - a dark, dark, dark world. We're sure this is how it is in reality out there. We'll believe you if you tell us it's even worse. All we're saying is that 2 whole hours of violence porn is probably not the best way to tell us all this.

Rakta Charitra 1 works well as a prelude to what we hope is the real film, Rakta Charitra 2, set to be released in a few weeks from now. As a movie, though, it's for those who don't flinch easy. Actually, for those who don't flinch at all.

Vivek Oberoi plays Pratap, the character based on Paritala Ravi. Pratap is an ambitious young man educated in the city, who is forced to go back home to his faction-ridden town after his father was brutally killed in a crooked political plot. Pratap's revenge begins after he loses even his brother (Sushant Singh) to the gang wars that follow his father's murder.

He is soon in an all-out war with the dastardly Bukka Reddy (Abhimanyu Singh). Bukka Reddy is a goon who is maniacally evil, not stopping at anything to inflict pain on the hapless. Yes, RGV, we get the point - you are indeed capable of making flicks that make Company seem like a Karan Johar wedding sequence (quoting your own words).

The wronged side, led by Pratap, is now screaming bloody revenge against Bukka Reddy's unspeakable atrocities. Then, in walks Sivaji Rao (Shatrughan Sinha), the superstar who's now launched a political party, and who understands what a powerful ally Pratap can be in the region.

What Rakta Charitra 1 does is what every gangster movie has done so far. Characters are intensely built, and emotions are painstakingly captured, and there is the trademark edginess of an RGV flick.

The film's evidently trying to set the circumstances in perspective and fill in the blacks blacker than they are in order to make the grays look brighter. However, the excessive gore blurs your vision of the rest of the content in the movie - there are interesting moments, but are too few and far between.

Just when you're starting to relish those tongue-in-cheek vignettes of AP's political arena back then - with Sivaji's entry - it's the beginning of the end. The reason our audiences are interested in the film is because of the familiarity of the whole drama. Drama, however, is what you get less of, and you do wish the film had balanced its priorities better.

The brilliant star cast helps the cause of the dry humour sometimes thrown in. Vivek Oberoi looks seasoned and gets you interested in Pratap's life journey. Kota and Tanikella are in roles they could sleep-walk through. Abhimanyu Singh will probably seen in an endless glut of Telugu villain roles now. Shatrughan Sinha should have been brought in sooner, and he brings in a powerful enigma to a role which is really on the periphery of the story.

And for those waiting for a mention of Surya, you'd have to wait for part 2 of the movie - there's an ominous teaser of his character, though.

The film has an intentional musty look, set as it is in an older time. And menacing music adds to the mood.

Watch it if gore is your current mood, but if you're curious about what really happened in Anantapur back then, let's wait for someone to write a book.
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Rakta Charitra (telugu) reviews
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  • Cast
    Vivek Oberoi, Abhimanyu Singh, Kota Srinivasa Rao, Surya, Tanikella Bharani, Radhika Apte, Sudeep, Sushant Singh, Ashish Vidyarthi, Ashwini Kalsekar, Sushmita Mukherjee
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  • Music
    Dharam-Sandeep
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  • Director
    Ram Gopal Varma
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  • Theatres
    Not screening currently in any theatres in Hyderabad.
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TOP COMMENT
nandhu143 on 22nd Oct 2010, 5:50pm | Permalink
vivvek is good and the other chareecrs also good
.the music to loud and the RVG voice is the backdraps

Pros: story
Cons: RVG voice and music
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Can watch again - Yes
Good for kids - No
Good for dates - Yes
Wait to rent it - No
Mungalla Rama Krishna on 15th Nov 2010, 2:09pm | Permalink
A film by a genius and a legend director of Indian Film Industry - Hats of to Ram Gopal Varma

Pros: Film
Cons:
RATING
10
cinemaniac on 3rd Nov 2010, 3:25pm | Permalink
Super film,RGV Has Done A Wonderful Job.

Pros: Performances,visuals
Cons: Dilaogues,editing,lag in 2nd half and some routine scenes
RATING
8
Vivek on 28th Oct 2010, 6:27pm | Permalink
Have already watched it twice and each time I have felt the same. The movie made me angry at the characters it wanted, like the characters it wanted. Shot in a sepia tone, action scenes are superb and gore is as much as required. Brilliant!!Brilliant!!Brilliant!!. Waiting fro part 2

Pros: Acting, Action,
Cons: Narration
Sandeep on 28th Oct 2010, 1:44am | Permalink
I disagree with Deepa's review. I am from Kurnool and that is how it is in Rayalaseema when it comes to faction. Varma has show it as how it happens in seema.

Pros: Cast, Script
Cons: Dubbing, Varma's Voice Over
Portuguese Man-of-War on 23rd Oct 2010, 4:12pm | Permalink
i had a good time. perhaps it's a movie for men and not women. but yes, after a long time, a typical rgv movie. i'm looking forward to part 2.

Pros: visuals
Cons: dialogues could've been better
RATING
8
prashanth on 22nd Oct 2010, 11:44pm | Permalink
We r proud of RGV.shiva , Gayam , Sarkar malli ippudu RAKTA CHARITRA. Superb movie. Dialogues are excellent

Pros: RGV direction
Cons: HE could show another 15 min instead of telling the story and finishing.
RATING
9
Gautham on 22nd Oct 2010, 6:54pm | Permalink
I loved the movie. Ramu has something in him. He sees a frame that no one does in Indian cinema. What sets apart this movie from others is that you dont fall into the trap of mindset, psychology, heart breaks etc. It goes directly into a force called revenge and that to me takes the front seat in experiencing the emotion. He has not concentrated the evolution of anger or hate but shown the end result. That's a commendable approach.

Pros: Unique dimension
Cons: Too bloody
nandhu143 on 22nd Oct 2010, 5:50pm | Permalink
vivvek is good and the other chareecrs also good
.the music to loud and the RVG voice is the backdraps

Pros: story
Cons: RVG voice and music
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