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Starring: Suriya, Vivek Oberoi, Priyamani, Shatrughan Sinha, Sasi, Sudeep
Direction: Ram Gopal Varma
Music: Mani Sharma
Production: Ram Gopal Varma
Ram Gopal Varma (RGV) needs no introduction in movie circles. Having directed so many successful movies, his latest directorial venture Raktha Charithra has been in the news ever since the shooting for the movie started. Since it is based on a true story of Paritala Ravindra, a political leader from AP, the production of the movie faced its share of controversies as well. RGV, not one to bow down to controversies, released the first of the two installments as planned, in October.
  Raktha Charithiram

Rakhta Charithra - 1, which showcased politics and gang-wars in Ananthapur district in AP, was well received by the public. Though many felt the movie was a bit gory, public gave a collective thumbs up to it. Since the first part was mostly about Paritala Ravindra, Vivek Oberoi hogged most of the screen time. Raktha Charithra was not released in Tamil Nadu due to reasons best known to the production unit.

With the time ripe and year coming to a close, Ratha Charithiram, the second installment, is ready to be screened in movie halls this weekend. With Ravi gaining power and rising in stature, Ratha Charithram will show his nemesis Surya Narayana Reddy (Suriya) getting the better off him. Suriya will have Priyamani as his wife in the movie and judging by the trailers, fans of hardcore action movies would be treated to an action extravaganza. The movie also has the legendary Shatrughan Sinha, Radhika Apte and Ashish Vidhyarthi in powerful roles.

Suriya informs that Ratha Charithram is a complete movie by itself. Suriya plays an engineer who wants to settle down in life when an unexpected incident makes him take revenge against Ravi. Suriya says that the movie will have the same dose of violence as in other Tamil films and assures that RGV has not gone overboard with gore.

Director Ram Gopal Varma did not hide his admiration for Suriya's acting excellence. He openly wrote in his blog that he had never seen more powerful eyes than that of Suriya's. He also went on record saying that he adored a male body (that of Suriya's) so much, instead of a female, for the first time in his life. Such is the intensity of the movie and Suriya's powerful expressions can be seen in the movie's promos.

New age producer Dayanidhi Azhagiri has produced this movie and is releasing it in Tamil. Surya will be seen in another action movie after his last movie Singam. This will also mark his debut in Bollywood. It is also being told that he took great pains to dub for the movie. Though he initially hesitated, it was RGV who convinced Suriya that his voice will suit the role when seen on screen. Suriya, it is informed, had a private Hindi guru to improve his diction in Hindi.

Cinematography has been handled by Amol Rathod whose spine-chilling shots in the first part have been praised by many. RGV has never let songs to slow down the pace of his movies and hence the music of Ratha Charithiram, mostly vocal with a metal touch to it, will be situational rather than obtruding.

There are lots of expectations surrounding the movie especially with Suriya in the lead. With RGV's confidence on Surya and his fan base in the South, we can expect that Ratha Charithram will be the talking point for sometime after its release. Though there are other movies releasing this weekend, let us hope Kollywood’s Mr. Box office pockets yet another winner.
Tags : Raktha Charithiram, Suriya, Ram Gopal Verma, Priyamani, Mani Sharma, Vivek Oberoi
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