Raktha Charithra – Prequel to Sarkar/Sarkar raj
The most hypes and controversial Ram Gopal Varma film in last few years. A true story based on the faction wars of Raayalaseema between two families. A genre, that is like a child’s play to Ram Gopal Varma, by now. Has he lived upto the enormous hype he has created prior to the release?
The story by now is a well known thing. Veerabhadraya works loyally for Narasimha Reddy. This loyalty is not taken well by Nagamani Reddy as he feels he and his ilk are being ignored all because of Veerabharaih. To stop his growth Nagamani Reddy poisons the mind of Narasimha Reddy and creates a rift between Veerabhadrya and Narasimha Reddy. Following this he murders Veerabhadraya and his son Shankar. All this lead Pratap into the bloody mess of revenge. How he takes his revenge forms the rest of the story.
The first half of the films appears slow as a lot of time is taken on establishing the characters and their motives which are already known to many. In comparison the second half moves pretty quickly and ends abruptly as this is just half of the story. Performances are what makes people glue to the seats in spite of the all around predictability of the movie. Everyone does well in the roles assigned to them. Though the lack of local Telugu actors give us a feel of watching a dubbed movie at times the dubbing of main characters is taken care off. Off all the actors it’s Abhimanyu Singh who shines the most with his portrayal of Bukka Reddy. He completely transforms himself into a monster. Vivek Oberoi does well too. He takes time to sink in but gets settled in the role quickly and does well. Shatrughana Sinha and Kota Srinivas Rao too leave an impact even with less footage. Among female protagonists Zarina Wahab, Radhika Apte, Sushmita Mukherjee does well with their small roles.
Direction by Ram Gopal Varma is fairly simple and predictable all the way. We have seen him do this all before many a times. It’s just the milieu that he changes everything else is the same. The camera angles, shots division and blaring background music. However his voice over this time is a huge distraction to the going on. He should have left it to the audience to understand the proceeding rather than spoon feeding them what they already know. “Dabbunnoda” song was unnecessary and could have been removed all together. Barring this the editing is tight. Amol Rathod’s cinematography gives a documentary feel to the film which makes the action look realistic and hence giving us a chill.
Finally as a film said to be based on true incidents the films takes all liberties it can and distorts the facts to suit the screenplay. Also the timezone of the movie is not made clear at all. While some scenes are set up to remind the past some show a pretty modern setup. This factual inaccuracies and manipulations on part of Ram Gopal Varma robs the film off its true potential. Finally after all the hype we are shown no more than what we already know through the papers. Infact the film doesn’t show what is known properly too. The film is simply made to sensationalize a known thing that had a potential to be controversial success, hence an easy way to rake in the moolah.
Bottom line: A decent trailer for part-2