Rattha Charithram Movie Review
Star Cast: Surya, Vivek Oberoi, Priyamani, Radhika Apte, Shatrughan Sinha, Sudeep and others
Director: Ram Gopal Varma
Producers: Madhu Mantena, Sheetal Vinod Talwar, Chinna Vasudeva Reddy, Rajkumar
Music: Dharam Sandeep
Cinematography: Amol Rathod
Editing: Bhanodaya/Nipun Ashok Gupta
Dialogue: Nageswara Rao
One thing is for certain: the title Rattha Charithram (Bloody History) is completely justified for this Cloud Nine presentation, directed by Ram Gopal Varma.
A story soaked in blood, Raththa Charithram (A) has gore reaching gargantuan proportions. The promos and the previous part of Raktcharitra in Hindi does prepare you for a bloodbath, yet watching bodies butchered without respite and blood gushing out all over the screen are too much to stomach.
Raththa Charithram is definitely not meant for family audiences. It’s for those who can watch relentless, sanguineous savagery without flinching.
Rattha Charithram Stills
Suriyanarayanan (Surya) is all out to avenge the death of his family. He isn’t going to rest till he kills the perpetrator, Pratap Ravi (Vivek Oberoi).
The film begins with a short recap of the first film, which saw the rise of Pratap Ravi (Vivek Oberoi), who goes on a killing spree in Annathapuram to avenge the killers of his father, settles down to become a politician. He wins the Assembly election from Ananthapuram thanks to the blessings of actor-turned-Chief Minister (Shatrughan Sinha).
He bumps off all his enemies and their relatives and paints the town red. A man who lives by the sword must eventually face the consequences. When it looks like Pratap Ravi has claimed his position as a minister, nemesis arrives in the form of Suriyanarayanan, (Surya), the son of Narasimha Reddy (Kitty), one of the men who got killed in the hands of Pratap.
He threatens Surya to surrender to police holding his wife Bhavani (Priyamani) as captive, which pushes Surya to accept DCP Mohan Prasad’s (Sudeep) offer to surrender and goes to jail . But the war has only just begun.
Ravi decides to bump off Surya in jail but his attempts fail. Meanwhile, leaders of the opposition party, to settle scores with Ravi, volunteers to help Surya. They decide to clip the wings of Ravi by making Bhavani as candidate in the elections in Ananthapuram.
Ravi now decides to kill Bhavani. Eventually Suriya hatches a plan and decides to execute it at a party meet convened by Ravi. Comes Suriya in disguise to realise his mission. Does he or not forms the climax.
Surya’s intense, intimidating eyes are a highlight. And the actor, true to the part, is brutal throughout. His diction and body language ooze revenge.
Vivek Oberoi is a commendable foil.
A subdued portrayal comes from Priya Mani, but sadly the potential of the role hasn’t been tapped fully.
Radhika Apte as Oberoi’s wife Nandini, hovers in the periphery but makes her presence felt in one scene. Sudeep stylishly lights up cigarettes (and that pretty much ends his role)
Not to mention Dharam-Sandeep‘s music, which practically crash-bangs through your ear-drums.
Ram Gopal Varma’s confusion is very evident in the way he has etched the characters of Pratap Ravi and Suriyanarayan.
Just one meeting with his mentor Minister Sivaraj (Shatrughan Sinha) and Pratap Ravi, a student-turned-killer-turned-politician, realises that violence doesn’t pay, advises his henchmen to eschew mindless murders and goes out to meet Surya in prison waving a white flag! But soon the same man doesn’t think too much before ordering the killing of Surya’s wife Bhavani! And to think he had earlier proclaimed that as a policy he doesn’t attack women and children!
In another way, once you know that Surya’s father wasn’t upright and killed Ravi’s father who was loyal to him, you lose sympathy for the hero and his revenge drama. On the other hand, you feel sorry for Ravi whose vengeful act drags him into a quagmire of crime. If Surya is avenging his family’s death now, so did Ravi then. When you know that Ravi didn’t order the brutal murders of Surya’s mom, brother and sister, you see some goodness in him.
Hence when Surya is adamantly aggressive, it doesn’t quite impress.
Probably, on the flip side, the blurring of the images of hero and villain can be termed unique.
Surya and Vivek Oberoi and fit their characters so perfectly that you’re able to devote your entire attention to them.However it’s Suriya who walks away with all honours.
Technically, it’s one of RGV’s best. The slick editing, different colour tones used by cinematographer Amol Rathod adds to the momentum.
As you know that not all characters speak the Tamil dialogue, it takes away a little of the feel of watching an original Tamil film. You wonder what Zarina Wahab or even Shatrughan Sinha is doing in Raththa Charithram!
The other monkey-wrench that hampers the movie is the reiteration that the story happens in Tamil Nadu, something the makers could have avoided, as neither the characters nor dialogues resonate with Tamil Nadu anyway.
so many of cinematographer Amol Rathod’s shots focus on extreme close-ups of the two (Surya and Vivek); you can almost count every individual eyelash. That’s not such a bad thing when the actors in question can actually act. But such extreme focus on every muscle twitch, and bizarre 360 degree turns can literally give you a headache.
It doesn’t help, though, when the dialogues are extremely clunky, repeated again and again, and delivered so slowly that everyone begins to yawn.
As the title tells you, the film believes only in splashing blood all over, over and over again!
Every 10 seconds men simply bash each other up, sweep necks with scythes or shoot random men, resulting in liberal splashes of red, entrails strewn all over the place and lifeless eyes littering the street.
On the whole, Raththa Charithram is easily one of our bloodiest films. – The Bloody Revenge Game.