Suriya’s dilemma

Kollywood hotshot Suriya has always been known for his impeccable choice of films and roles. However, there are times when even he makes errors too. Right now, something like that seems to have happened in case of the film ‘The Businessman’.Few months back, ‘The Businessman’ was planned keeping Suriya in mind. But with ‘Rakta Charitra’ bombing at the box office, it is heard that Suriya backed out and director Ramgopal Varma did not have a problem.

Now, the film is gearing up to be made in Hindi with Abhishek Bachchan. While the Telugu version with Mahesh Babu is yet to be confirmed, it is heard that Suriya is having second thoughts.

Word around is that he has approached Ramu with a suggestion that with Abhi it is only Bollywood but with him in the lead, the film can be done in Telugu, Tamil and Hindi. However, it is said that once decision taken, RGV doesn’t go back.

Rakta Charitra movie review

Movie:Rakta Charitra
Director: Ram Gopal Varma
Cast: Vivek Oberoi, Shatrughan Sinha, Abhimanyu Shekhar Singh, Sushant Singh, Zarina Wahab, Aashish Vidyarthi, Suriya
Welcome to the law of the jungle. Where there’re no rules. Where the life of a human being is not worth a penny. Where goonda raj reins supreme. Where men are butchered and women abducted and raped. Where the police obey the orders of the goons. Where guns, swords, bombs, knives and sharp weapons are a man’s best friends. Welcome to Rakta Charitra, based on the true story
of Paritala Ravi.

Ramgopal Varma is known for dark and gritty cinema and Rakta Charitra is not just the film-maker’s, but also Hindi cinema’s most violent film so far. Be forewarned, Rakta Charitra is not for the lily-livered. Nor is it for those who love to visit cineplexes with their families, weekend after weekend, to watch that perfect family film. This one has just one song (not needed, actually), no romance, no comedy/humour, no phoren locations, no good looking faces, no family gatherings and no striking sets that are mandatory for escapist cinema. RGV is a rebel, he likes to make movies he believes in and Rakta Charitra proves it yet again.

Let me add, Rakta Charitra is not one of RGV’s most accomplished works. Perhaps, one of the reasons could be because he’s now churning out gangster and crime-based films with amazing regularity and obviously, there’s not much he can explore due to the limitations of this genre. But, yes, Rakta Charitra has a fascinating story to tell and even if you aren’t acquainted with Paritala Ravi, you might identify with Rakta Charitra because the essence of the film is revenge.

Final word? With a title like Rakta Charitra and all the blood and gore in the film, it’s certain that the film holds appeal for those who like to watch brutality in cinema, which, in turn, cuts off a sizeable section of the audience (ladies and kids). However, from the content point of view, I’d say that Rakta Charitra is the best bet of this week.

Rakta Charitra deals with emotionally volatile people and is set in a rural environment. It tells the story of Paritala Ravi (Vivek Oberoi), a soft-spoken person, who took law in his hands to avenge the murders of his father (Rajendra Gupta) and brother (Sushant Singh). Paritala Ravi’s name sent shivers up the spines of not only his rivals, but even the law enforcement agencies. He rose to become a minister eventually. The first part ends with his undertaking a mission to end goonda raj in the state.

By now we’ve come to expect zany camera angles, tight close ups, a raging background score, power-packed performances and abstract stories from RGV’s films and Rakta Charitra is no different. Expect all this and more [read bloodshed] in Rakta Charitra. Since Rakta Charitra is based on a true story, there’s not much one can comment on it, but the manner in which the incidents unfold keep you hooked. Of course, it’s a vendetta fare, yet one is keen to fathom what essentially provoked a soft-spoken individual to transform into a killing machine.

Barring the incidents in the initial reels, there’s not much movement in the story in the first hour. In fact, there are killings and more killings. But the story gathers momentum when an iconic actor turned politician enters the scene and takes Paritala Ravi under his wings. The sequences between Shatrughan Sinha and Vivek are, frankly, the preeminent and most excellent parts of the enterprise. The post-interval is different because the killings reduce and Paritala now fights his opponent from the corridors of power.

Rakta Charitra gets lengthy in its second half and one genuinely feels that RGV should’ve curtailed the length of the film by a few minutes, although the introduction of Suriya’s character at the end only raises the curiosity for the second installment.

RGV has handled a number of sequences brilliantly, but the film leaves you with a sense of deja vu off and on. Glimpses of films like Sarkar and Sarkar Raj, besides Satya and Company, though not remotely similar to Rakta Charitra, flash across your mind. It’s a little intricate to encompass all incidents in the screenplay, but writer Prashant Pandey makes a sincere effort. Cinematography (Amol Rathod) catches your eye. Action scenes are true to life. Background score compliments the mood of the film.

All RGV films are embellished with powerful performances and Rakta Charitra is no exception. Vivek Oberoi breathes fire and venom and comes across as the most appropriate actor to infuse life into the character he portrays. He’s super efficient and his act in Company and Shootout At Lokhandwala pale in comparison. Shatrughan Sinha is remarkable. A powerful personality could’ve only been portrayed by a powerful actor and the veteran enacts it with amazing ease. Abhimanyu Singh is superb as the opponent. You hate him for being so evil and that only goes to prove how effective he is. Radhika Apte is good. Zarina Wahab is first-rate. Ashwini Kalsekar is excellent. Ashish Vidyarthi, Rajendra Gupta, Anupam Shyam, Sushmita Mukherjee, Vishwajeet Pradhan and Kota Srinivasa Rao shine in their respective parts. Sudeep and Darshan Jariwala get no scope.

On the whole, Rakta Charitra is not for the faint-hearted or the lily-livered. The violence, the blood and gore depicted in the film will shock and disconcert you, which only goes to establish as to how proficiently the subject material has been treated. The film is targeted mainly at those who love to watch aggression, violence, bloodshed, brutality and massacre on the silver screen, but a chunk of the movie-going audience (ladies and kids) will choose to stay away from this scene of carnage. The business in Telugu and Tamil versions is expected to be excellent, due to the strong identification with the subject material.

Surya’s Rakta Charitra on October 22

Surya’s upcoming film Rakta Charitra will release on October 22. As known earlier, both Telugu and Hindi versions will be released as Rakta Charitra – 1 & 2.
Rakta Charitra – 1 will focalize on the story of Parithala Ravi, a gangster turned politician in the village of Ananthapuram while the latter part is about Bengal-based Maddelacheruvu Suri, who plots murder plans against Ravi while staying inside a prison.

Rakta Charitra audio launch of the Tamil version was recently held at Sathyam Cinemas in Chennai with Mani Ratnam releasing the music. All the crew members including Bollywood Superstar Shatrughan Sinha were present at the occasion.

Suriya’s ‘Raktha Charithram’ postponed for Diwali?

superstar Suriya is running fast ahead on the race as all his films have done remarkable business at box office. Now the actor has couple of multilingual films that are quite revealing of successful notes. The reason is that uniqueness of directors and technicians team he is teaming up with.
Doubtlessly, the actor’s upcoming film Raktha Charithram is completed and the post productions are also completed. Since, Ram Gopal Varma and the producers are planning to release the film’s first part during the second week of September, it is indirectly signifying that the second part may go furthermore postponed to October or November.

Meanwhile rumors are that the film’s release maybe scheduled for Diwali.

Suriya’s Raktha Charitra creates record

Suriya’s Raktha Charitra, being simultaneously made in three languages: Hindi, Telugu and Tamil, has already created record even before its release. The overseas rights of the Tamil version Raktha Charitra, directed by Ram Gopal Varma, has been sold for a record Rs 4.5 crore (over US $1 million)! With this, Suriya has joined the elite ‘Million dollar club of Tamil superstars’ which includes Rajinikanth ($2.5 million), Kamal Haasan ($1.5 million) and Vijay ($ 1 million). It is the highest-ever overseas price paid for a Suriya film.

Raktha Charitra narrates the story of the life of Paritala Ravi, prime suspect in many murders. The movie stars Vivek Oberoi, but the sweet news for South Indians is that Suriya has been cast in a pivotal role! Raktha Charitra will have actor Vivek Oberoi as rebel-turned politician Paritala Ravi, one of the most feared individuals in the blood-ridden faction politics of South India. Suriya will play the role of Maddalcheruvu Suri, Paritala Ravi’s opponent.