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My Movie - Rakta Charitra I
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28 October 2010

My Movie – Rakta Charitra 1
Return to Tollywood – RGV’s style

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Ram Gopal Varma’s much awaited Rakta Charitra movie released last week. To review this movie in one sentence, it would be fair to say that Rakta Charitra I provides a perfect platform for its sequel with some good performances, interesting characterizations and excellent shot making. I liked the following scenes in the movie:

  • Vivek’s introduction
  • Bukka Reddy’s introduction
  • Kidnapping of a girl from a jeep – liked the way RGV shot this scene using a side/diagonal angle. Any other director would have used a straight angle (that’s why RGV shot making is regarded as second to none)
  • Bukka Reddy’s "act" when confronted by the female police officer
  • Vivek and Shatrugan Sinha’s first meeting

Typically RGV’s most movies (Shiva, Satya, Company to name a few) religiously follow the 3 act structure of story telling:

Act I does the honors of introducing the main characters – Protagonist (Hero), Antagonist (Villain), Romantic Interest (Heroine) and other supporting characters.

Act II defines the main conflict point and its escalation

Act III talks about resolving the conflict

Rakta Charita I has an excellent Act I. The characters are very well introduced and story scope is perfectly defined. I liked the way the characters of Vivek Oberoi and Abhimanyu Singh (Bukka Reddy) are introduced. "The bigger the conflict, the better the elevation" said a great director and script writer. From that stand-point, the antagonist is shown very powerful. We therefore are mentally prepared to root for the hero turning into a bigger force to annihilate the villain.

Act II is also equally good. The hero faces a formidable challenge losing his father and brother and is forced to fight for the sake of his people. He meticulously plans the killing of his enemies. The hero also faces an internal struggle when he has to convince his romantic interest of his path and retaining her faith in him.

Act III is the only weak link in Rakta Charitra I. Once the hero character joins forces with Shivaji Rao, the path becomes very easy for him to elminate Bukka Reddy. But this can be excused since the main conflict is between Vivek and Surya characters that will surface in Rakta Charitra II.

I was disappointed with the background score and voice over. RGV’s pronunciation appears slightly unclear but the emotional levels are well maintained.

Overall, Rakta Charita I paves a perfect jumping off point for its sequel. Surya’s intensity matched by Vivek’s body language will certainly make it the most awaited film of this year :-)

Sreekanth Devarakonda
devarakonda at hotmail dot com

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