Rakht Charitra I - External Reviews

wogma rating: Watch when on TV (?) - or watch it in theater if you want action porn
quick review:

Never have the last 15 minutes of a film made me revise the rating of a film from bad to better (actually worse to bad, in this case). That might just be because the only story that happens, is in that span. The first 120 minutes is someone killing the other in a "brutality" competition. Yeah, only an optimist like me can find a positive in that one.

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43 reviewers have given Rakht Charitra I an average rating of 2.9/5.0 (?)

22 yays
15 nays
6 so-so

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Thumbs up by Nishtha Bhatnagar , Alpha ...deeper insight into the Naxal movement... full review

So-So by Nikhil Kumar, Apun Ka Choice ...cuts to the chase with a bloodbath right at the onset, making clear to the flummoxed viewers in theatres that he intends to shock and awe them with unapologetic depiction of violence, killing, abductions and rape... full review

Thumbs up Best Of Bollywood ...If you want a blood spilling, gore fest, then Rakhta Charitra is the right movie for you... full review

Thumbs up bigoye.com ...the maverick and forthright filmmaker gets everything perfect once again in order to depict one of the bloodiest battle fought in the independent India.... full review

Thumbs up by Bobby Sing, Bobby Talks Cinema.com ... revelation about this first part of RGVs sequel is that it is evidently not everyone’s cup of tea in the literal sense... full review

Thumbs up by Pooja Rao, Bolly Spice ...for those, with nil clue about the link between the reel & real story, it is just another fascinating movie experience, with the done-to-death story albeit an idiosyncratic treatment... full review

Thumbs up by Taran Adarsh, Bollywood Hungama ...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... full review

Thumbs up by Renuka Rao, DNA ...Oberoi, displaying the right emotion with the right expression at the right time, steals the show. ... full review

Thumbs down by Deepa Gahlot, Film Impressions ...Why, for instance, would a viewer outside of Andhra Pradesh be interested in the fictionalized story of gangster-turned-political leader Paritala Ravi?... full review

Thumbs down by Deepa Deosthalee, Film Impressions ...As is usually the case, the Mahabharata is invoked to bolster the stature and righteousness of the protagonist... full review

Thumbs up by Rachit Gupta, Filmfare ...It helps that there are some powerful performances by Vivek Oberoi and Shatrughan Sinha, which thankfully overshadow Abhimanyu Singh’s bouts of overacting.... full review

Thumbs up filmi cafe ...Surya the southern superstar plays the perfect nemesis to Vivek’s character and stands his ground with his solid portrayal of Suryanarayan Reddy... full review

Thumbs up by Deepa Garimella, fullhyd.com ...Vivek Oberoi looks seasoned and gets you interested in Pratap's life journey... full review

Thumbs up by Pankaj Sabnani, Glamsham.com ...replete with some awe-inspiring sequences like the one in which Pratap kills Nagamani Reddy ... full review

Thumbs up by Plaban , Gomolo.in ...But watch out for Abhimanyu Singh, who has given a complete new definition to being BAD on the screen... full review

So-So by Divya Solgama, Gomolo.in ...Camera work after long time in RGV film is better and has sticked to its position.... full review

Thumbs down by Making Things Happen, Gomolo.in ... Vivek Oberoi, the poor soul, gives a real good performance... full review

Thumbs down by Mayank Shekhar, Hindustan Times ...The filmmakers suggest this is based on a true story. I guess, in some ways, so is Tom And Jerry.... full review

Thumbs up by Rajeev Masand, IBN Live ...Rakta Charitra jars on account of a bothersome voice-over, and the unending violence threatens to reduce the film to a string of killings in search of a plot.... full review

Thumbs down by Anuj, Indian Auteur ...A more rational question would be, “How can a man who made this make Satya?”... full review

So-So by Shubhra Gupta, indian express ...There’s no doubt that the plot requires blood.... full review

Thumbs down by Komal Nahta, koimoi ...is only about plotting, planning and executing murders and little else. This sets off monotony for the audience.... full review

Thumbs up by Sanjukta Sharma , Live Mint ...Varma’s visual language is provocative. If he is neutral about the characters and their actions, his frames speak the unspoken..... full review

So-So Mixed Bag ... am not expecting the sequel to be of any better standard but wish that RGV makes better use of his core competence.... full review

Thumbs up Movie Talkies ...He continues to play with those sudden close ups and different camera angles, like he is wont to do. The camera is handled well by cinematographer Amol Rathod.... full review

Thumbs down by Minty tejpal, Mumbai Mirror ...When Vivek’s prospective father in law asks what sort of place Anandpur is to stay in, he laconically answers, “Rehne ke liye achchi jagah hai, aur na rahne ke liye aur bhi achchi”. The same goes for this violent film - Rakht Charitra is ok to watch, but very good to avoid.... full review

Thumbs up by P Sudhir ARJUN, MyReviews ...Since most of the main characters are done by other language actors, the lip movements are struggling and often give a feeling of a Dubbing movement.... full review

So-So by Anupama Chopra, NDTV ...this one too features a gallery of singularly unattractive faces shot at peculiar angles and the requisite sweaty celebration song.... full review

Thumbs up by Noyon Jyoti Parasara, Now Running.com ...But it is Abhimanyu Singh, who we have earlier seen in a power-packed Gulaal, who steals the show completely with his demonic presence.... full review

Thumbs up by Subhash K Jha, Now Running.com ...the familiar tone and territory do not assume a lack of novelty in the narrative. ... full review

Thumbs down by Padmaja Thakore, Passion for Cinema ...Bukka is an interesting character, not because he is more animal than human but because he is an example of how a filmmaker gets carried away.... full review

Thumbs down by Kittu Singh, Rediff ...The camerawork is gritty but not spectacular. Art and costume are at best convenient. The background score is loud and tiresome.... full review

Thumbs down by Shilpa Jamkhandikar, Reuters ...We get that the politics of the region is bloody, but exactly why it is like that, Varma doesn’t tell us. ... full review

Thumbs down by Sonia Chopra, Sify Movies ...The introduction of the character of a female cop is of no consequence at all. ... full review

Thumbs down by K N Gupta, SmasHits.com ...We also wonder why does he enjoy in ugliness? ... full review

Thumbs up by Janhvi Patel, StarBoxOffice ...Attention is paid to detail. Most characters have a distinct South Indian accent and the men and women wear showy gold jewellery and South Indian-style sarees.... full review

Thumbs up by K K Rai, STARDUST ...Zarina Wahab is par excellence. Similarly, Ashwini Kalsekar, Radhika Apte comes across as winners. ... full review

Thumbs down by Roy, The Friday Freak ...After a while, you end up uncaring whether the good guys are slashing the bad guys or vice versa.... full review

So-So by Nikhat Kazmi, Times of India ...Other than Abhimanyu Singh, who essays the role of the almost-insane, truly bad, Ravana-like villain, none of the other characters manage to connect... full review

Thumbs down by TheThirdMan, Upper Stall ...technique always come first and he still believes that overblown in-your-face technical treatment in each department... full review

Thumbs down by Rummana Ahmed, yahoo! India ...RGV's plot devices are repetitive and disconcerting - tight close-ups, handheld camera movements, blending sepia and black & white tones.... full review

Thumbs up by Spicezee Bureau , ZEENEWS.COM ...Instead of entertaining you, it leaves you shell-shocked.... full review