RGV’s Rakta Charitra (2010) Review


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Cast: Vivek Oberoi, Abhimanyu Singh, Shatrughan Sinha, Kota Srinivasa Rao, Radhika Apte, Zareena Wahab, Sushant Singh, Tanikella Bharani, Subhalekha Sudhakar, Vishwajeet Pradhan, Rajendra Gupta, Ashish Vidyarthi, Kitty and others

Music: Dharam- Sandeep

DOP: Amol Rathod
Director: Ram Gopal Varma
Producers: Madhu Mantena, Sheetal Vinod Talwar, Chinna Vasudeva Reddy, Rajkumar
Release date: October 22, 2010

Watched at : Anjali,Secundrabad

Rakta Charitra meaning a history in blood is a movie inspired from the real life story of Paritala Ravindra whose origin is from South India, came into the headlines  for being assassinated in January 2005. It is an Indian biographical film produced & directed by Ram Gopal Verma. The movie has been made in two parts a first of its kind made in the history of Indian cinema.


A blood ridden tale, the story begins with a friction between MLA Narasimha Reddy (Kitty) and his loyal aide Veerabhadrayya (Rajendra Gupta), this is caused due to the plan by Nagamani Reddy (Kota Srinivasa Rao), Narasimha’s relative. In no time, Veerabhadrayya gets killed by Nagamani’s plan and enraged by this, the victim’s elder son Shankar

Ravi (Sushant Singh) takes revenge.

However, Nagamani Reddy also gets Shankar killed and in comes Pratap Ravi who has been away from all this and wanting to marry Nandini (Radhika Apte). However, the death of his father and brother fill him with vengeance for blood and in no time, he starts taking all of them responsible. He finds challenge in the form of the lunatic Bukka Reddy (Abhimanyu Singh), son of Nagamani Reddy. What happens after that forms the rest of the story.


Right from the word go – the viewer is taken on a roller coaster ride  full of ups and downs but there is never a dull moment – Blink your eyes at your own risk – for there is a significant chance that you might miss something really important. Of course there is one song in the movie that really comes across as a dampener and is my only complaint on the movie. Oh well, we do need it for the cigarette break. Don’t we? And we do need a smoke after weathering the onslaught of blood for over an hour.

The screenplay – I can’t stop raving about it – surprises and delights constantly. Things happen on the screen when you least expect them to. The camera angles are vintage Ramu! The background music score (Dharam Sandeep) & Cinematography by Amol Rathod are par excellence. The acting is super! Especially Shatrughan Sinha in a brief but very powerful role of a cinema actor who floats a political party and becomes the Chief Minister of the state. His role is the best written role in the movie and he has the best lines as well. Thundering applause every time he uttered a word.

Vivek Oberoi gets into the skin of the character Pratap effortlessly. Watch out for his introduction scene and pay attention to the audio design of the sequence. That is a textbook example of elevating the screen presence without resorting to beaten to death clichés like panning the camera up from the shoes of the hero. Three cheers to the director for conceptualizing it and a thumbs up for the music designer.Rest of the cast play their characters with aplomb. The guy who essays Bokka Reddy is stunning. So is Sushant who plays Pratap’s elder brother.

The end is the most disappointing end I have seen till date because the movie does not end there.

Survi Verdict:

This movie is not for the fainthearted. At the same time, there is no gory violence. Yes, heads are smashed under rocks but you don’t get to see it explicitly. Still, I don’t think it is everyone’s cup of tea. Regardless of the movie’s commercial fate, it would remain a cult classic.

If you liked Company,Satya,Sarkar:Rakta Charitra is a must watch!Some times Blood is good!!

P.S: 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.

Rakta Charitra Trailers and Synopsis : Click Here

2 thoughts on “RGV’s Rakta Charitra (2010) Review

  1. ya you are correct survi.
    i like your presentation. most powerful and stunning words in your critic. i thanks to you.
    i like vivek in first half very much by comparing with thw second half:)
    but you should have given some more extra rate=ing for this.

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