Rakta Charitra

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Rakta Charitra
Directed byRam Gopal Varma
Produced byMadhu Mantena
Sheetal Vinod Talwar
Screenplay byPrashant Pandey
Based onParitala Ravindra
Vivek Oberoi
Radhika Apte
Shatrughan Sinha
Kota Srinivasa Rao
Abhimanyu Singh
Sushant Singh
Narrated byAmitabh Bachchan (Hindi)
Ram Gopal Varma (Telugu)
Gautham Menon (Tamil)
Music byPart I:
Sukhwinder Singh
Dharam Sandeep
Part II:
Dharam Sandeep
Sukhwinder Singh
Amar Desai
Edited byNipun Gupta
RGV film factory
Distributed byVistaar Religare Film Fund
Release date
  • 22 October 2010 (2010-10-22) (Part I)
  • 3 December 2010 (2010-12-03) (Part II)[1]
Running time
Part I: 123min (Hindi)
Part II: 117min (Telugu) and 121min (Hindi)
Single part:118min (Tamil)

Rakta Charitra (transl. Character of blood) is a 2010 Indian biographical political action thriller based on the life of Paritala Ravindra. The film was directed by Ram Gopal Varma and written by Prashant Pandey. The film was nominated for Stardust Readers Choice Award for Best Direction — Action/Thriller.[2] The second part was dubbed into Tamil as Ratha Sarithiram in a single part. The film starred Vivek Oberoi as Pratap Ravi, and Suriya as Suri in lead roles, while Sudeep, Shatrughan Sinha, Abhimanyu Singh, Kota Srinivasa Rao, Sushant Singh, Radhika Apte and Priyamani play supporting roles.


Part I[edit]

Narasimha Reddy, a local politician, is a powerful man in the area. His close associate Veera Bhadra (Rajendra Gupta) is his trustwothy ally for his political work, to the extent that Narasimha Reddy gives him freedom to contest Jilla Parishad polls with his men. Veera Bhadra champions the causes of the poor and oppressed and they look up to him like their leader. Nagamuni Reddy (Kota Srinivasa Rao), who is the local MLA of the district and close to Narasimha Reddy, becomes jealous of the budding trust between Veera Bhadra and Narasimha Reddy, and starts poisoning Narasimha Reddy against Veera Bhadra. Narasimha summons Veera Bhadra and asks him not to contest the polls with his contestants, but rather support Nagamuni Reddy's. Veera Bhadra lashes out at Narasimha Reddy for being unfair to the underprivileged communities and storms out. Nagamuni Reddy calls for Manda (Ashish Vidyarthi), a close follower of Veerabhadra, and manipulates him into killing Veerabhadra, giving him the assurance that if he does it, people will suspect the policies of Veera Bhadra as his own follower killed him and he will be the next in line as the leader of the poor people, else take his life. Manda reluctantly agrees to it. Veerabhadra and his wife (Zarina Wahab) travel in a bus with 40 people to a wedding. Manda and Nagamani's men stop the bus, kill Veerabhadra's guards, and tell him to step out of the bus or else he will be killed along with the other innocents on the bus. Veera Bhadra comes out, looking at Manda, and dares him to kill. Nagamani's henchman Durga shoots at Veerabhadra, making it look like Manda shot at him; prompting Manda about the deal he made with Nagamani, he tells him to kill him in front of everyone. Manda takes a boulder and crushes Veerabhadra's skull and kills him.

This results in an agitation led by Shankar, who wants to avenge his father's murder by killing all the men of Nagamani and Narasimha Reddy. Enter Nagamuni's son Bukka Reddy (Abhimanyu Singh), described as a ruthless man who enjoys raping women and killing men in brutal ways. He starts killing Shankar's men in gory ways: drilling a hole into their skull, chopping off their heads with a sugarcane chopper, burning them alive and feeding them to ravenous rats.

Pratap Ravi (Vivek Oberoi), who is in college in the city, gets the news of his father's murder and rushes to the village. Nagamani Reddy orders the local police inspector to kill Shankar in a fake encounter. When Pratap Ravi goes to the police station to ask about his brother, the inspector shows him Shankar's dead body and mocks him. Infuriated with his brother's murder, Pratap Ravi and Veerabhadra's men kill all the police officers and the inspector.

Pratap Ravi hides in the jungle with his father's associates and vows to kill Narsimha Reddy, Nagamuni Reddy and Manda one by one, instilling fear of death in each one of them. He starts by busting in the house of Narasimha Reddy, killing his guards and finally killing him with a scythe in front of his wife as she looks on in horror. Next is Manda; as he roams in the market, Pratap's men follow him, and before he can defend himself, they chop his hand off. Manda begs for his life but Pratap stabs him in front of everyone. They plan to kill Nagamuni Reddy, but they are cautious as there is heavy police security in his house. As Nagamani Reddy is sitting on his lawn conversing with a police officer, he is shot at by Pratap, who is dressed as the cop, and his men, dressed as cops as well, kill most of the policemen.

The story progresses as famed filmstar-turned-politician Shivaji Rao (Shatrughan Sinha) targets Anantapur for contesting elections. The day he enters Anantapur for the rally, Bukka Reddy's men throw bombs, which makes Shivaji Rao get back inside the car and go back. This insults him greatly and he asks his secretary for the one who can stop Bukka Reddy. Immediately, his secretary mentions Pratap Ravi's name; Shivaji Rao sends for him and puts down a proposal of joining his party and ticket for contesting elections. On the other hand, Bukka Reddy makes his brother Puru Reddy contest for elections and tries to sabotage the voting process by stealing the ballots. Pratap starts his rampage by eliminating, one by one, every rival of his party. Eventually, he comes across a man named Babu Qadri who seeks Pratap's help in avenging his sister's death. Bukka Reddy had raped his 16-year-old sister, because of which she immolated herself, and Bukka had then broken Babu Qadri's leg. Pratap assures him his vengeance but asks him to forget everything for some time.

As Bukka Reddy's men fail in rigging the election process, Pratap Ravi wins by a majority. Immediately, Bukka Reddy is arrested. Bukka, inflamed with the desire to avenge his father's death, hides out in an apartment with his men, and plots to kill Pratap Ravi. Pratap comes to know about his hideout devises a plan to execute him. He immediately gathers his men and calls Babu Qadri, who had sought Pratap's help in avenging his sister, to lead the execution of Bukka Reddy. He calls for the servant of Bukka Reddy and bribes him with 500,000 to aid in the execution. Babu Qadri and Pratap's men rush into the apartment, killing all Bukka's men; then killing Bukka Reddy with an axe.

Part II[edit]

The first few minutes a recap of part I, such as the events of how Pratap Ravi (Vivek Oberoi) takes revenge for the murder of his father and brother as well as how he comes to power. When no one in Andhra has the courage to stand up against Ravi, a man comes into light to seek revenge on Prathap. Yeturi Suryanarayana Reddy a.k.a. Surya (Suriya) is seen waiting in the woods near the main road, waiting for Pratap Ravi and hurls a bomb at his convoy. Unfortunately for Surya, Pratap Ravi escapes the bomb blast. Pratap Ravi's henchmen attempt to kill Surya but he manages to escape.

Surya informs his wife that he missed the chance of killing Pratap Ravi. Meanwhile, the media asks Pratap Ravi if this attempt is a Surya's revenge for the TV bomb placed in Surya's home by Pratap himself. Pratap Ravi denies the charge. Shivaji Rao asks Pratap to stop this vengeance but Prathap insists on killing Surya. Pratap orders his action team to kill anyone who opposes him. DCP Mohan Prasad (Sudeep) starts to investigate the case.He finds Bhavani (Priyamani), wife of Surya, and demands Surya to surrender or else he would harm his wife and baby son Arya. Surya thinks that he has missed a great chance and another chance will not come so easily and decides to surrender for protection plots to kill Prathap Ravi. DCP Mohan Prasad produces Surya in court to face trial. Prathap Ravi sends a henchmen to kill Surya in court itself, but Surya manages to fight him and kills the henchman in front of judge. Surya is sent to prison.

Pratap Ravi decides to kill Surya inside the jail, he plans carefully and decides someone from outside their camp should do this, so that the police does not suspect them. In prison Surya befriends Muddu Krishna by telling him his story. The flashback shows that after Pratap Ravi's attempt to kill Narasimha Reddy (Kitty), Surya's brother wants to take revenge. Surya, on the other hand, doesn't want to take revenge straight away, and tells him to be patient and to leave the matter as it is, as he doesn't want to put his mother and sister in any danger. Within a few months Surya's entire family is killed in the TV bomb blast. After hearing the story, Muddu Krishna decides help Surya in killing Ravi. The henchmen in prison try to kill Surya but Surya fights them back. After this failure Pratap Ravi is warned by Shivaji Rao. As a result, Pratap Ravi decides that he wants to stop this revenge and he meets Surya in jail. Ravi tells Surya to stop this bloodshed, to which Surya promptly replies "I'll surely stop – after killing you". Prathap thinks he can't do anything because he is in jail, which makes him defenceless.

Enter Krishnaswamy, the opposition Party leader, who decides to meet Surya. He says that to kill Pratap Ravi, Surya has to become a bigger name in Anantapur than Pratap Ravi. Krishnaswamy requests Surya to ask his wife to stand in election. Surya convinces Bhavani to stand for election. This makes Ravi to fear for his life and also for his ministerial post, consequently his henchmen want to eliminate Bhavani but Nandini (Radhika Apte) pleads with Pratap Ravi not to kill Bhavani, causing Ravi to abort the plan. However, one of Ravi's closest gang member, Umapati, is already on his way to kill Bhavani. Muddu Krishna kills Umapati and saves Bhavani. Krishnaswamy comes to prison to thank Surya, and Surya thanks him in return.

A scared Pratap organises a meeting involving the leaders of all the districts in Andhra Pradesh. Knowing this, Surya plots to kill Pratap Ravi. He realises that in the meeting, all the leaders will participate with their bodyguards. He orders Muddu Krishna to dress like a bodyguard since no one would be able to identify whose bodyguard belongs to whoever. Using this ambiguity Surya's henchmen can kill Pratap Ravi. After the meeting comes to end, Pratap Ravi plans to leave. As he was leaving, he sees a familiar face and is struck. He sees Surya, standing in front of him with his handgun. Surya fires at Pratap Ravi until he dies in a pool of blood. Surya's friends put teargas and create panic, and under the cover of smoke, Surya escapes from the scene and returns to the prison. Nandini cries by hugging her dead husband Pratap Ravi.

Muddu Krishna takes the blame for killing Pratap Ravi for Surya. DCP Mohan Prasad comes to meet Surya in jail and justifies why Pratap Ravi became a factionist. It was the circumstances that made Pratap Ravi a factionist. He adds to Surya that the same circumstances will change him into a Ravi. Surya finally says "Thank you, but I won't change into another Ravi". The movie ends with the birth of Pratap Ravi's child.

Cast and characters[edit]

Character Rakta Charitra (films)
Part I Part II
Kattula Pratap Ravi Vivek Oberoi
DCP Dasari Mohan Prasad Sudeep
Konda Shivaji Rao Shatrughan Sinha
Kattula Nandini Radhika Apte
Gajula Jayalakshmi Zarina Wahab
Bolla Gomati Sushmita Mukherjee
Rajidi Nagamani Reddy Kota Srinivasa Rao
Padalaneni Ramamurti Tanikella Bharani
Recharla Omkar Anupam Shyam
Rajidi Puru Reddy Vishwajeet Pradhan
AK Subrat Dutta
Rajidi Bukka Reddy Abhimanyu Singh
Thota Shankar Sushant Singh
Mandha Ashish Vidyarthi
Gajula Veerabhadra Rajendra Gupta
Ashwini Sinha Ashwini Kalsekar
Nalla Narasimha Reddy Kitty
SP Kanoonga Darshan Jariwala
Tella Durga Chetanya Adib
Yeturi Suryanarayana Reddy Suriya
Yeturi Bhavani Reddy Priyamani
Shankar ravi Sushanth singh
Bhondu Ajaz Khan
The Jailor Rajesh Asthana
Chandu Swapnil Kiran

Additionally, Sukhwinder Singh did a special appearance in Rakta Charitra: Part I.

Critical reception[edit]

Rakta Charitra was released in two parts.

Part I[edit]

Vivek Oberoi's performance in the role of Paritala Ravi drew widespread praise, while Abhimanyu Singh's devious turn as Bukka Reddy, modelled on the real-life Obul Reddy, was regarded as one of the most terrifying villainous acts captured on celluloid in a long time. Renuka Rao of DNA India gave the movie 4 stars in a scale of 5, concluding that RGV has surprisingly thrown at the audience a film that could actually evoke some emotions in you. A must, must watch."[2] Taran Adarsh of Bollywood Hungama gave the movie 4 stars in a scale of 5, saying that "On the whole, RAKHT CHARITRA is not for the faint-hearted or the lily-livered. The violence, the blood and gore depicted in the film will shock and disconcert you, which only goes to establish as to how proficiently the subject material has been treated."[3] Nikhat Kazmi of Times of India gave the movie 3 stars out of 5, stating that "Rakta Charitra holds up a brutal mirror on the muck that masquerades as democracy in India."[4] Rajeev Masand of CNN-IBN gave the movie 3 out of 5 stars, noting that "Rakta Charitra is a bold, disturbing film that’s bursting with the kind of confidence we haven’t seen from the filmmaker recently. If the sight of blood doesn’t make you uncomfortable, chances are you’ll enjoy this film."[5] Kittu Singh of Rediff gave the movie 2.5 out of 5, writing that "Once the film is over you realise that all Rakta Charitra has been is a two-hour promotional fare for Rakta Charitra 2. Yes, there is more to come."[6] Anupama Chopra of NDTV gave the movie 2.5 stars in a scale of 5 stars.[7] Shubhra Gupta of Indian Express gave the movie 2.5 stars out of 5, and wrote that "It is an interesting story, and Oberoi, re-united with RGV after Company does a good job as Ravi. But the blood overtakes it all: Rakta Charitra is not for the faint-hearted." [8]

Part II[edit]

Suriya's performance was praised by critics, where Taran Adarsh of Bollywood Hungama rated 3.5 out of 5 and said that "On the whole, RAKHT CHARITRA 2 highlights the emotion called vengeance most convincingly. It is chilling, raw, revolting, crass and ghastly, the kind that is meant to repulse you. But let's face it: It's a true depiction of human emotions."[9] Renuka Rao of DNA India gave the movie 3 stars in a scale of 5, concluding that "Watch it if you had watched the first part, but don't be surprised if you don't like this as much."[10] Nikhat Kazmi of Times of India gave the movie 3 stars out of 5, stating that "Rakht Charitra doesn't break new ground like Satya and Company, nevertheless it remains a must-see film for Ramu fans."[11] Shubhra Gupta of Indian Express gave the movie 2.5 stars out of 5, and wrote that "Like in the first part, RGV’s intention is not so much to delve into the complexities of Andhra politics, which stay firmly in the backdrop, but to create sequences where death is choreographed in varying ways. After a point, you are oblivious to the gore. But you cannot, at any point, bypass Suriya : he has eyes that speak. Bollywood is ready for him."[12] Rajeev Masand of CNN-IBN gave the movie 2.5 out of 5 stars, noting that "I’m going with two out of five for 'Rakht Charitra 2'. More blood and more killings leave you numb your seat.".[13]

Rakta Charitra 2 was simultaneously released in Telugu in Andhra Pradesh. 123telugu.com rated the film 3.5 out of 5 stars, praising the story, but noting the second half slows down and that, "Yes the climax could have been better".[14] Greatandhra.com rated the film 3.25 out of 5 and credited the film as "A Technical Masterpiece" and said that "This is an Charitra that haunts for a decade".[15]


2011 Screen Awards


2011 Stardust Awards


  • Stardust Award for Superstar of Tomorrow – Male – Suriya Sivakumar
  • Best Film of the Year – Action / Thriller – Rakht Charitra
  • Best Director – Thriller/ Action – Ram Gopal Varma
  • Best Actor in an Ensemble Cast – Abhimayu Singh
  • Best Actress in an Ensemble Cast – Zarina Wahib
2011 Zee Cine Awards



Part I[edit]

Rakta Charitra
Soundtrack album by
Imran-Vikram, Dharam-Sandeep, Bappi-Tutul, and Sukhwinder Singh
GenreFilm soundtrack
1."Khaul Khaul Ke"Sandeep SinghJojo, Ujwal4:29
2."Mila Toh Marega"VayuRavindra Upadhyay, Vishvesh Parmar, Sandeep Patil3:40
3."Paisewala"Prashant PandeySukhwinder Singh3:53
4."Maar De"Shabeer AhmedJojo4:17
5."Kaaton Se"Shyamraj DuttaSuresh Wadkar4:12
6."Karma Dharma"VayuVardan Singh, Aditi Kaur3:08
7."Har Jazbe Mein"Sarim MominSukhwinder Singh4:32
8."Paisa Mix"Prashant PandeySukhwinder Singh, Sumitra Iyer4:35
Total length:32:46

Part II[edit]

1."Patthar Ko"Sandeep SinghSukhwinder Singh3:09
2."Khel Shuroo"VayuArmaan Malik, Shreekumar Vakkiyil4:03
3."Nagendra Haraya"Prashant PandeySukhwinder Singh, Viveka4:02
4."Maar De jo bhi tere raste mein ayega" (Remix)Shabeer AhmedJojo6:04
5."Mila Toh Marega" (Electro Mix)Shyamraj DuttaSandeep Patil, Ravindra Upadhay, Vishvesh Parmar3:48
6."Patthar Ko" (Theme Music) Instrumental2:05
Total length:23:11


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