Film: Rakht Charitra
Director: Ram Gopal Varma
Cast: Vivek Oberoi, Shatrughan Sinha, Abhimanyu Singh, Priyamani, Radhika Apte
Rating: Good 
Supreeta Singh
Ram Gopal Varma (RGV) is back in the groove. In Rakht Charitra he does what he does best. He creates a tale of bloody revenge without a moment’s respite. His earlier gangster films like Satya, Company or Sarkar look staid in comparison to his latest offing. And if you are not brave enough to sit through the horrific murders, gruesome gore and unrelenting saga of conspiracies and violence, try watching some other film instead.
The story of Rakht Charitra is more straightforward and simplistic than RGV’s previous films. Here is a world where morals have no place and all players are aware of it. There is no naiveté or pretence or sudden revelations because everyone is hungry for power and they can go to any length to achieve what they want. Hence, there are no good or bad characters, but their motive becomes all-important. When Pratap Ravi’s (Vivek Oberoi) father Veerbhadra (Rajdenra Gupta) and elder brother Shankar (Sushant Singh) get murdered, he comes back to the village of Anandapur to avenge their deaths. One of them is the son of a local politician, Bukka Reddy (Abhimanyu Singh).
The story takes a turn when superstar Shivaji Rao (Shatrughan Sinha) contests the election against Bukka’s brother Puru. Shivaji is ruthlessly driven out of the village by Bukka’s men. To curb Bukka’s foothold, he takes Pratap under him and trains him to become a part of the system and then destroy Bukka once and for all. Shivaji becomes the chief minster of the state and the benign face of his party, Pratap becomes his right-hand man who wipes out all evil-doers by slaying including Bukka. In this scenario, there are both bad and good cops who are used as pawns of the chessboard.
RGV’s characterisation is brilliant. Although an ensemble cast, each actor manages to leave a mark. Vivek Oberoi as the educated and intelligent gangster-politician is the perfect foil to the popular Shivaji Rao. Zarina Wahab and Sushmita Mukherjee as wives of the local leaders appropriately bring forth the helplessness and grit of such womenfolk. Radhika Apte as Nandini is simple and sweet.
But the scene-stealer is undoubtedly Abhimanyu Singh. As Bukka, he is evil incarnate whose bestiality knows no end. He loves to terrorise with or without reason. The actor’s body language, dialogue delivery and emotive skills are unbeatable in the film. There is a line that Shatrughan Sinha says in the film, ‘the topic is over’. But it’s definitely not so for RGV. Rakht Charitra 2 will hit theatres on November 19 where the story of revenge will continue with Pratap’s nemesis Suryanarayan Reddy (Suriya) avenging the death of his family. We are surely looking forward to it.