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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.Read more
This review is a tribute to all my friends who complain that reviews here don't tell them about the story.
Once upon a time, there lived a little boy called Bukka. The trauma of having a weird name was the first scar on his mind. It was only symbolic of what would seem like a troubled childhood. The other damage to his brain was caused by the creepy voiceover narrator who told him bedtime stories. Bukka made his nightmares real for others, in their actual life. When boys and girls his age were learning to color within the lines, he looked for creative ways of spurting blood out of big, fat black ants. It wouldn't be a surprise if we found out that his father actually designed new instruments for him to hone his skill. These toys were why he loved his father. The only person he ever loved.
(yeah, yeah, you are at the right place. This is the review of Rakht Charitra I)
As he grew older, he graduated to frogs, rats, and eventually humans. Such was Bukka's love for killing in new ways that, when one of his men was found dead, he would get disgusted with how clichéd the murdering style was, and kill one or two of his own henchmen, because they happened to be around. He never needed a reason to kill. His father, Nagmani Reddy, usually had someone handy to serve as specimen. Nagmani was a politician.
Nagmani was an insecure, second-wrung politician. Nagmani was led by an easily-influenced, pawn politician, another Reddy. Other Reddy politician had a trusted rightman Veerbhadra. Now at this point (which is 7-10 minutes into the film), if I think hard, I'm sure I'll remember who offended whom and then killed whom. And there was always someone or the other who wanted revenge. But, I'm not too inclined to stress my memory. Because I don't think Ram Gopal Varma/Prashant Pandey care much about that.
Their only intention is to set a clear stage for the next Rakht Charitra threatening to knock our doors in exactly 4 weeks. But he still had these 2 hours to fill before he could get there. So, he has put up an exhibition of the goriest gore possible. And shed all pretentions of giving us reason. Unfortunately, so impressed was he with his own output that he just added the last 15 minutes to make whatever happened thus far, redundant.
While I have begun enjoying gore to a certain extent (so what if I still squirm), I'm a happy child if there's meaning and story behind it. And this is what happened in the last 15-30 minutes. The story presents such an interesting 'what if' for the sequel that I had to bump the rating up by a bit. Though the glimpses felt like it will just have more of the same.
Else, Rakht Charitra is to pulp action, what David Dhawana/Priyadarshan comedies are to slapstick - brainless, story-less, motivation-less.
Ps. In this world of gore, don't assume there is no place for women. Albeit the only two functions they have are to serve as objects to satisfy lust or to cry and feed for their men.
Pps. I have a question. If Aakrosh can get into trouble for derogatory remarks against CBI officials , how come no one is bothered about the practical absence of law enforcement agencies in Rakht Charitra?
Ppps. Oh yeah, the actors they all growl and widen nostrils very well! The background music growled and the camera looked like it had nostrils that wanted to widen them beyond their capacity. O-kay enough nonsense!
- meeta, a part of the audience
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 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, 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 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 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
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 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
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
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 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 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 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 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
zuzar: Rakhtacharitra: Bloody movie, but a must watch. Action packed performance. Never thought such flop combo people can perform in such a way
xxxDEVxxx: Just watched Rakht charitra, OMG its a journey in to the ocean of blood with brilliant Vivek magic. Thnx VO @vivek_oberoi :)
VIKRAMBILL: Stepped out after ages due to illness & shifting to my new place was under house arrest. Saw Rakht charitra. Loved the movie.
vijayrajprateek: rakht charitra part 1 is good rgv fans will like this konchum sarkar la untadi but real life ni reel life tho baga kalipadu 3.5 out of 5
vaSSanH: Rakht Charitra one of the most intriguing films ever... RGV u rock! #fb
varunsandesh: Rakht charitra was simply superb. Once again Ramgopal varma proved...I am expecting dat dis film is gng 2 be a biggest hit in his career...
udayln: RAKTCHARITRA....milestone movie..violence is mast..cross a boundryline...n ball gose outoff stadium..afterl long time see real violence..
thakurpankaj87: RAKHT CHARITRA IS NICE MOVIE VIVEK OBEROI'S ACTING IS AWESOME
suyogshilwant: RAKHTA CHARITRA IS GOING TO B BLOCKBUSTER
surenmehla: Vivek Oberoi is not so bad actor......quite inpressive in second half! #RakhtaCharitra
surenmehla: Got to watch Rakhta Charitra.....the second half is quite good...overall nice movie! #RakhtaCharitra
Sujoy_Sen: Rakht Charitra......... all blood & gore.... Vivek was fab..... ball is in Surya's court tough....
sudhiru: Rakht Charitra: Predictive plot, too much violence, irritating voice over but still grappling, good acting and yes RGV is back.
sudeepmitra1234: Rakht Charitra...Tour de Force from RGV...now wtg for RC2
srk2404: RAKHT CHARITRA......wat a movie guy's excellent
SrinivasReddy_K: Rakhta Charitra - a ‘bloody’ good film,,another best frm RGV's...
simabjust4u: Actors did wonderful job in RAKHT CHARITRA...Awesm acting..realy Ramu u did a gr8 job after decades!!!
Shishir258: RAKTCHARITRA nice movie......vivek oberoy fenstastic
shenoyshrikants: RakhtaCharitra: A good movie frm RGV in a long time. Sequel (RC2) on 19 Nov shud be interesting.
sbtakale: Raktcharitra is good movie..But it's literally full of violence movie..
Samnewjannat: Rakht charitra great movie
rohwit: Rakht Charitra - awesome presentation.
rkbahuja: Night folks! Rakhta charitra is a must see for people who've followed politics, tarentino, @RGVzoomin, or purely for abhimanyu singh
Riteishd: Just saw RAKHT CHARITRA- Bloody Power packed -enjoyed it- @rgvzoomin at his best n Vivek is supperrr. Go watch it guys
ravitej4u: Rakht charitra is awesome..
PsychoMaan: Rakht Charitra was superb!!!!!!!!
psandip123: saw film raktcharitra - liked it. impressed by ramu.enjoyed it with lot of noise in theatre.
pranshudwivedi: Rakht Charitra wonderful movie I like the acting of Vivek Oberoi Exellent
Pranayuvan: I SAW THE MOVIE RAKHTA CHARITRA ON FIRST DAY MORNING SHOW.ITZ REALLY AWESOME DIRECTION,IM GONNA SEE THAT SECOND TIME.
pradeep2010: Jus watchd rakhta charitra. Awesome! Liked rgv's movie aftr a long time.. :)
Pinpointpupil: RAKHTA CHARITRA!!!!!!!!!......Its nice.....see it........RGV Doesn't disappoint dis time....!!!!!!!!
palwai: kudos to RGV... amazing research done... "Rakht Charitra", so close to reality (version near to what people talk about this faction feud)
ondroad2royalty: Rakht Charitra is a well made movie..hats off to the horny guy lol (Abhimanyu Singh I believe)
ninja_talli: Rakht Charitra - Decent movie. But without an item number *Gasp * #RGV - are you seeing this?
nickraman: Rakht Charitra is awesome. Fast paced with a strong background in storyline. Ramu is indeed back to form and not a moment bored me.
naiduable: 2nd movie of the year whose performance matched my expectations...!!!The RAKHTA CHARITRA raunches the Romantic Bollywood with its Ravishmen…
Mzmml_91: Watchd Rakht Charitra..... Awesome Muvee..... : )
mohnishmehar: Grt t see rakhtacharitra awesome work by ramu .
mohankriti: Abhimanyu singh 'ransa of ghulam' oh man wht a performance in rakht charitra !!
mayankgupta86: Rakht Charitra...a bloody dark movie...nice...
ManishMGupta: Saw 'RAKHT CHARITRA'...brilliant film...made me regret leaving Ramu's camp...don't miss it!
maddysha: Saw Rakht Charitra in Telugu yesterday and saw in Hindi as well...If I am critic I wud give 4 for Hindi version and 2.75/3 for Telugu
kvdeee: rakht charitra is toooo good.....vivek oberoi has done a fabulous job....hats off to rgv.....
kolisetty: Went to rakht charitra today. Nice movie wih too much violence
KiRaThAnZ: Rakhta hi sahi ;) RT @peskyme: rakhta charitra or jhoota hi sahi ?
joydeep1985: RAKHT CHARITRA was an awesome movie! Finally the quintessential RGV is back! Violence & politics together make this sleek & dark flick!
jitendra_86: RAKTCHARITRA......A GREAT CREATION BY RAMGOPAL VERMA...TOTALY RAKT
jayvasavada: raktcharitra: RGV 1ce again bounces back..trhis tribute to is tight thriller wth xcellent pace n performnances..mardana muvi..must watch
izaki: rgv finally comes back with a decent action drama & vivek oberoi finally acts earnestly - rakht charitra,
its_kiran: rakht charitra....awesome movie.....vivek rocks......well acted vivek...congo.......full paisa vasool:)
iSumedh: Rakht Charitra: Yes, it has RGV effect but not Verma's typecast movie. I guess RGV will rock again with RC-2. Vivek, Abhimanyu, Shotgun :WOW
imfizz: Rakhta Charitra 1 , A treat to VO fanz, not to be missed .
idrrajdeep: Rakht Charitra is a grueling blood fest with a gripping story & ace performances.If the magnanimous brutality can be tolerated it is worth..
iam_abhi: awsome performance in rakht charitra by vikek . . .
i_always_lie: Rakhta charitra rocked......verrrrrry happy for RGV.....
HayatiBawaskar: : U gotta watch "RAKHT CHARITRA"!!!
gypsz13: Aftr a longtime a Hindi movi nearly met all my expectationz @rgvzoomin makes strong come bac wit Rakht Charitra, lukin fwd 4 RC-2
gaugs2: watchd rakht charitra,,best movie of dis yr till date!!
galaxyk: Rakht Charitra was awesome!! :-)
funky_kunal: Hey guys its gonna be win for rakhta charitra
cmadala: Just watched Rakhta Charitra. I really liked it. Ramu at it's best. My rating is 5/5
ChaudhryEffects: Yesterday someone made a comment on my similarity with Vivek Oberoi :( :( . Today atleast he kept my respect in RAKHT CHARITRA :D :)
caprichai: Abhimanyu Singh's potrayal of a despot in Rakht Charitra totally overshadows VO's role. Look beyond the gore and there's a gripping film.
canadianbd: Rakht Charitra ...WOW that's call movie...wow
bornhacker48: saw rakhta charitra .was outstanding!
babsrunningwild: saw rakht charitra-the movie is just too good...vivek is very goo...people go n njoy it as i did....
babble_u: Go and watch Rakht Charitra before someone chops your head off, hang it upside down and makes it watch the movie. Take the initiative
ashwinkolhatkar: just saw RAKHT CHARITRA....a power packed film....awesome performances....it surely is a one of the dangerous films of bollywood !!!
anubhavtandonp: Also watched Rakht Charitra - must say Ramu Nailed it dis tym wid Vivek. Gr8 background score,gr8 characterization.3.5*- Bware of Voilence.
anu91178: Rakht Charitra is hard hitting and gripping. Must watch.
AnshulDt: Watch Rakhta Charitra for Bukka Reddy and rejuvenated RGV !~
AmrutModekar: RAKHT CHARITRA is superbb.... VIVEK U ROCK MAN!!!!!!!!!
amitpadhi619: Jst saw rakht charitra...amazing guyz!!!!
ainvincible: Just watched RAKHTA CHARITRA...and i want more
aditya_grover: Rakht Charitra: Indubitably the best of the four. Powerful film with powerful performances.
aditikatz: Loved Rakht Charitra! Epic stuff. @vivek_oberoi you the bomb prof!!! You the man XD
ADCisHere: Saw Rakhta Charitra 2day,its brutal bloody & raw,best venture of RGV & Vivek till date,bt its strickly 4 dose who r Definitely Male like me.
Abu125: With Rakht Charitra RGV is back with what he is best at doing ...gangsters, politics & violence, which gets gruesome. Abhimanyu singh rocks!
abhishekp90: Rakht Charitra.......must watch movie....awsome
_prithwish_: Vivek Oberoi's performance in Rakht Charitra is really good. somehow he really does justice to the films about crime lords.
srinathvelma: RNW 'Rakht Charitra in Hindi.movie is ok
rohithphp: Rakht Charitra-Watta movie! 4 ppl die every 2 mins! Blood flows like water throughout the movie! Mindless violence.Hoping part 2 is better..
Kamlesh09jet: RAKTCHARITRA is gd muvi bt not very gd muvi and about HISSS, RAMU KI AAG is better than this.
filmytown: Rakht Charitra - Abhimanyu Singh has delivered the most remarkable role of his career! The film is 3 stars. But 5 stars to Abhimanyu!
vishnumenon18: The guy who's done the voice over for RaktCharitra needs to be found and shot. Repeatedly. In the throat.
thetanmay: Can't believe Ram Gopal Varma made a movie about a dude who is on a quest to fnd out his blood group. Lame. #RakhtaCharitra
Sourabh_M: Sorry Ramu... You have to miles and miles to even get closer to Quentino's brilliance. "Rakht Charitra" is too stupidly violent.
soulfulsaai: #rakhtacharitra - the most irritating part, the voiceover!! phew!! #whothehellwasthat i wud hav tolerated biggboss also but not this!!
RatheeshMani: Rakht Charitra -1 is No Company.. it clearly lacks the finesse and unpredictability that use to be the USP of RGV's films! instead ,
rakeshom: Raktcharitra- Criminal waste of time , money and creativity !!-enter on your own risk !!
pratikdj: Rakht charitra got my rakht ooze out from all possible holes in my body !! RGV GROW UP !!
pramodbaddurkar: Seen RakhtaCharitra.Typical RGV Film.. Was gng to write smthing gud abt it bt couldnt think of any such thing abt film. Gud luk RGV..
fidaa_toh: Just watched d worst movie in d world ever... @rakhtacharitra doesnt any1 stop these people b4 making dis
dhirajkalro: Just finished a long day with a super long and dragged one at the cinemas. Rakht Charitra by RGV and @vivek_oberoi isn't too good!!
Yay! Thumbs Up, by devesh : 96
Yay! Thumbs Up, by down_to_planet
Yay! Thumbs Up, by jitaditya : Enjoyable political slasher movie with some one dimensional yet intense performances...
Yay! Thumbs Up, by kk : the second part is about to release and i am eager to watch it.
Yay! Thumbs Up, by Lakhotia : RC just Rocks
Yay! Thumbs Up, by Prince : It is a masterpiece. But let us get inspired from it in a positive way: Fearlessness, determination
So-So, by epifinibox : Clarification
So-So, by nirmal : difficult to get it if you aren't from AP
So-So, by Roy Daniel DSilva : Extremely violent movie that can be considered to be action p*rn, if it was not supposed to be based
So-So, by Suman
Nay! Thumbs Down, by Epifiniboxthebraindeadretard : crap
This page has additional observations, other than the ones noted in the main review.
The law, order, administration, politics of a little town in Andhra Pradesh is non-existent. Or if you really want to call it that, is in the hands of a handful goons. Fearless, ruthless and unbounded by ethics, morals, humanity let alone law.