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By Taran Adarsh, October 23, 2010 – 11:40 IST
RAKTACHARITRA [Telugu] has opened to packed houses in Andhra Pradesh. The film got a huge response from its Telugu audiences, who are already very well versed with the real life incidents and had gathered in huge numbers outside theatres since morning.
RAKTACHARITRA [Telugu] opened in 280 screens and due to its growing popularity and high public demand, it will open in additional 40 screens with 90 additional shows. The film is already sold out for the week.
By Bollywood Hungama News Network, October 23, 2010 – 13:02 IST
Ram Gopal Varma, who will surely go down in history as a lateral thinking director, is all gung ho about his recently released Rakht Charitra. But just like all his past films, this one had to come with its share of controversies. The new one being the protests carried out by Telugu Desam Party (TDP) asking the director to delete certain scenes that project former Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N.T. Rama Rao in poor light in his film.
After the protestors took to the streets and even stopped screenings in certain theatres, that Varma, agreed to delete the scenes and dialogues that are deemed to be found objectionable.
Though Ramu felt that the people staging these protests were ones who hadn’t even seen the film, he did say that he himself was a big fan of the former CM and that if seen in a larger context of the film, one would grasp the essence of those scenes and dialogues in the film.
Protestors in Anantapur, Hindupur, Eluru, Visakhapatnam, Karimnagar and other towns gathered outside theatres, raised slogans against Varma and burnt his effigy. They demanded a ban on the movie.
Where TDP chief N. Chandraprabhu demanded that the director apologises, NTR’s second wife Lakshmi Parvathi also felt that the scenes were in bad taste. Family of Obul Reddy, one of the characters in the film also feels that even his own projection in the film isn’t right.
The film, based on the factional war between two families in Anantapur, is the talk of the town as the followers of both the families waited to see if their leaders are projected right and as heroes or villains.
Locals even had an issue with Varma using the name of the district in the film. They forced him to change it too Anandapuram.
With RGV giving into the demands of the protestors, one just hopes that the film goes on from here without any more hassles.
By Joginder Tuteja, October 20, 2010 – 11:15 IST
Vivek Oberoi would be a part of the history with him being the first mainstream hero ever to have a two-part release of his film. Rakht Charitra would be arriving in its first part this Friday while the second part would come exactly a month later. However, this is for the Hindi and the Telugu version. When it comes to the Tamil version, which is expected to be spearheaded entirely by Suriya due to his immense popularity down South, Rakht Charitra would release in a single, albeit a longer version.
Confirms Ramu, “In the Hindi version, Vivek (Oberoi) features in both the parts of the film though Suriya is only introduced in the first part while he becomes far more prominent in the second version. Hence, it was a given that the Hindi version of the film would release in both the parts. Telugu version too made sense to come in two distinct parts since the audience out there in Andhra Pradesh and adjoining regions are pretty much aware about the core story and the exploits of Paritala Ravi (played by Vivek) and Suryanarayan Reddy (Suriya). Hence, for them it’s the story that would matter most, more than the actors playing the part.”
However, what tilted the balance in favour of a single part release of the Tamil version of Rakht Charitra was the bigger presence of Suriya in it. It was apparent that since Vivek comes primarily from the B-town, the audience may have gone a little restless to see only him in the first part of the film and then wait for their local hero Suriya to arrive only in the second part.
“Not that you would see only Suriya in the single part Tamil version”, reassures Ramu, “Vivek is an integral part of the film and while he anyways had an equal role to play along with Suriya in the second part, there are scenes of his from the first part that have been integrated with the second part here. So now we will have a full length feature film with both the actors.”
While both parts of the Hindi and Telugu versions would be a little over two hours each, the Tamil version is expected to be released with a three hours running length. Moreover, the editing of each of the three versions – whether Hindi, Telugu or Tamil, would differ as well so as to bring to fore the local flavour of the territories. This means that the trilingual features all the actors enacting their scenes little differently in each of the versions.
“I spoke in all the three languages – Tamil, Telugu as well as Hindi – but enacted the scenes differently”, says Suriya who is not quite looking at Rakht Charitra as his big Bollywood launch but is instead treating it as just another exciting film of his, “Yes, I know that in Tamil, the film is coming in only one part.”
Though he stays on to be quite modest about his popularity in South being the sole reason for the decision being made, he humbly attributes the decision making to his director Ram Gopal Varma.
“Since the first part doesn’t feature me for most of its duration, Ramu felt it would make sense to wait for some time and then club both parts together”, says Suriya, “Ramu feels that the film would find more patronage in Tamil version if crowds come in because of me.”
By Subhash K. Jha, October 18, 2010 – 11:12 IST
The little volatile town of Anantapur in Andhra Pradesh, home of gangster-turned-politician Paritala Ravi on whose violent life Ram Gopal Varma’s Rakht Charitra is based, will resemble a fortress on October 21 when Vivek Oberoi, Ram Gopal Varma and the team of the film descends on the hostile town for the premiere.
The indefatigable Ramu calls it his do-or-die premiere. And rightly so since Varma received death threats for attempting to shoot Paritala Ravi’s bio-pic in Anantapur. Finally, the film had to be shot elsewhere.
But now Varma is not backing out. And his leading man Vivek Oberoi has decided to be equally brave.
Says Ramu. “This is my last attempt to make the local population in Anantapur understand that I wasn’t out to sensationalize or demonize their local hero. They need to see and judge for themselves.”
The director has invited prominent members of the local establishment including cops and civil servants to watch the film.
But trouble is anticipated by the Rakht Charitra team. The producers have ordered a 3-cordon security for Varma, Vivek and the team. No Indian film team has ever attended a premiere under such an elaborate security bandobast.
Says Ramu, “If the locals decide to create trouble, there’s zilch that the bandobast can do about it. I don’t care what the risk, we’re going to Anantapur with the film. If I’ve to go, I’ve to go. But I promise you, if something happens to me you’ll be the first to know.”
Bharati Dubey | TNN (THE TIMES OF INDIA; October 9, 2010)
Mumbai: Rajnikanth-starrer Endhiran has netted a collection of Rs 117 crore, surpassing the first-week collection of Bollywood’s highest firstweek grosser, Dabangg (Rs 82 crore).
Distributor and trade analyst Suniel Wadhwa said, “The film’s net collection is Rs 60 crore in Tamil Nadu, Rs 30 crore in Andhra Pradesh, Rs 8 crore in Karnataka and Rs 4 crore in Kerala. The Hindi version (Robot) has managed to collect Rs 15 crore. As the numbers suggest, the film has already crossed Dabangg’s two weeks’ net collection in just the first week of its release.’’
Incidentally, the entertainment tax structure and ticket-pricing formula are not uniform in India. “Ticket prices in south India are much lower as compared to other states in the country. This is the reason why boxoffice collection in the south pales as against the collection in northern states. Despite all this, the film’s BO collections prove the film has done remarkably well,’’ Wadhwa said.
Moreover, considering the fact that an additional 7% had to be paid as as entertainment tax to the government for being a dubbed movie, the collections are even more significant, an expert said. According to Wadhwa, the contribution of director Shankar too needs to be factored in . “Shankar is one director who has more brand value than Rajinikanth in AP. His films with Arjun, Prabhudeva and Vikram did wonders in the past. His last movie with Rajini did well at the box office though opinions were divided. Robot is an example of what a director like Shankar and a hero like Rajini can cumulatively deliver. ’’
Endhiran opened in 2,200 screens as compared to 1,400 for Dabangg. An industry source said, “More screens mean more revenue and this too has helped Robot. Also about 92 % of cinema halls are running the film and the collection continue to be rock steady,’’ another analyst said.
The film’s report in the Hindi belt too is quite good. Distributor Sunil Bohra said, `“The collection of the film in places like Jodhpur, Ghaziabad and Meerut is also impressive. The film is doing well both in single screens as well as at multiplexes.’’
Sources insist that though it is too early to speculate, the film has definitely grossed Rs 260 crore which is more than the entire collection of Aamir Khan starrer Ghajini.
The Hindi version of the film too has done a business of nearly Rs 30 crore in the first week. Amod Mehra said, “Robot has broken all the records of a dubbed film. I don’t remember any similar film crossing even the Rs 1 crore mark. In fact, Rajinikant’s last release Sivaji was a disaster at the box office.”
Vivek Oberoi speaks to BT about his new look and his upcoming films
Elina Priyadarshini Nayak (BOMBAY TIMES; (October 9, 2010)
With glares and moustache, Vivek Oberoi reminds you of his father Suresh Oberoi, who’s a dynamic actor. Tell him this and he says with a laugh, “That’s the biggest compliment I have ever got, and I am very proud of it.” The actor is flaunting this new look for his upcoming film. In a chat with BT, Vivek speaks about his new makeover and more…
You started your career with Ram Gopal Varma’s film Company in 2002. Did you find any change in Ramu’s working style?
RGV is an actor’s director who deals with films related to reality, and working with him again was a great experience. Usually people tend to slow down with age, but I think RGV has become faster and he is making films at a much faster pace with age. This film, Rakht Charitra, is based on reality, it has real people and real ambience where I am playing the character of late Paritala Ravi, a politician, who was the former cabinet minister in Andhra Pradesh Government. It’s a story of a man who fights for justice and becomes the messiah of justice when the system denies that. For this role, I had to research a lot. I read many articles written on him and I saw many of his live interviews. But, it was very difficult to look, talk and walk like him initially.
And what about your new avatar with moustache?
Ek saal se paal pos ke bada kar raha hoon inn ko. So, I am really happy about this look. I am getting many negative as well as positive compliments for this too. Many of my friends say moustache suits me while girls say ‘please shave it off !’ (laughs).
This film has been simultaneously made in Hindi, Tamil and Telugu. Was it difficult to deliver dialogues in different languages?
RGV had given me a big break with Company and this time it’s my debut in Tamil and Telugu films. It was difficult to learn these languages, but assistants and unit hands helped me out. Once you were done with a shot, you had to shoot it all over again in a different language. It was tough, but fun too.
In the recent past we have seen you doing one or two films a year…
I won’t say I am going slow, but yes, I am getting very choosy. I am signing films, which I feel like doing and which my fans would like me to see in. After Prince, I had many offers, but I didn’t want to sign whatever came my way. Right now I am busy promoting my upcoming release, and after that I will start shooting for three films – one with RGV again, another with Mani Ratnam and also one with Kumar Taurani. All these three films are yet to be named.
New Delhi: Senior BJP leader L K Advani praised Aamir Khan’s Peepli Live for its “realistic depiction of village life”but wished that the filmmaker had chosen a subject like implementation of NREGA rather than farmers’ suicide.
The film is a satire on the country’s agrarian crisis and the subsequent media and political response.
“When last week Aamir Khan arranged a special show of his Peepli Live for our NDA MPs, I complimented him on the fact that his film was a sharp contrast. It was a starkly realistic depiction of village life. For many urban viewers, it may have been a first time experience,” the veteran leader wrote on his blog on Sunday.
“I told Aamir, I have been to villages in Andhra Pradesh and Vidarbha where many such suicides have taken place. And I can well imagine how distressed these families would feel if they were to see the film and find that the tragedies they have passed through were being made an object of mockery. The film would have been very effective if it had chosen some subject like NREGA as the central theme,” he added.
On Sunday evening, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh watched Peepli Live at his 7 Race Course Road residence. Singh, along with his wife Gursharan and close relatives, “watched the film with great interest” at a special screening. TNN & AGENCIES
This year, two thorny disputes of India reared their ugly head full throttle-one, the honour killings and the other, the Naxalite movement. After the CRPF officer’s massacre at Dantewada in April and the Jnaneshwari Express accident, the Red movement has become the most burning issue of our country. Red Alert, dealing with this menace, comes at a perfect time when there is considerable awareness and know-how about the ‘revolution’ among the common man. Exceptionally treated and performed, Red Alert throws light on the stark realities of the people involved in the movement and also offers a ray of hope to all those poor who are unnecessarily engulfed in the battle. One of the finest films of this year, without doubt!
The story of the movie: Narsimha (Suniel Shetty) is a poor farm labourer in a backward district of Andhra Pradesh. One day, when he is assigned the task to deliver food to a Naxalite group in his region, hell breaks loose and before he could realize, he’s sucked into their revolution and movement. He goes with the tide, expecting that whatever he’ll do will result in his family getting two decent meals a day. However, the truth was darker than was expected. On one hand are the Naxalites who are fighting for the poor and for a good cause. On the other hand is the system comprising of government and the police and in other words, the enemies of these Naxals. Narsimha fails to understand-arent the police, the government a part of our country too? How can they be enemies? Finally, after a chance confrontation, Narsimha, instead of being a puppet of Naxalites, decides to take matter in his own hands.
Everything in the film right from the beginning-location, setting, treatment, script and performance makes you forget that you are watching actors on screen. Everything is so realistic that soon they actually seem to be the characters they are playing. The film wins from the first scene itself when Narsimha gets entangled in a cross fire between Naxals and police. The film maintains its flow well and that too right till the end. The intermission point was terrific leaving a painful question with no definite answer.
If the first hour was great, second half was even better. Vinod Khanna’s entry and the attack on a school were wonderfully treated. Narsimha’s confrontation with Velu (Ashish Vidyarthi) gives a solid twist to the tale and takes the film to a high. But from here, the film might seem predictable but lo! The climax turns out to be the most unexpected too! It was good to see that the makers didn’t opt for the beaten path and instead come up with something fresh and new. Also, the film strikes a neat balance and gives a nice overview about both the Naxals and the system. Naxals are not anti-India and as Ashish Vidyarthi says at a point in the film which sums up all-“We are revolutionaries and not terrorists. Terrorists are against the country, we are against the system!” At the same time, the government is also shown in a positive light towards the finale. Maybe this was done to appease them but whatever be the reason; the film turns out to be brilliant, gives a nice message and offers a ray of hope to all the landless and poor.
All those who make fun of Suniel Shetty and his mannerisms, it’s time to watch Red Alert and change your mindset! The actor gives the best performance of his career in Red Alert! The way he slips into his character so effortlessly and comes up with an outstanding performance is truly incredible! This act, undoubtedly, deserves a National Award and also a nomination in other awards (that might not happen though!)! For me, this is one of the most brilliant performances ever!
Sameera Reddy shines in her deglam avatar and was absolutely natural. Here’s another actor who is a great performer and should be taken seriously! Ashish Vidyarthi gives a terrific performance. It was great to see him after a long period of time! Seema Biswas, like everytime, comes up with another intense performance. Makrand Deshpande (as Raghavan the journalist) and Sunil Sinha (Murli) leave considerable mark. Vinod Khanna was a delight as usual while Zakir Hussain was amazing as the Home Minister. Naseeruddin Shah, like Raajneeti, is seen in this film in a miniscule role! Bhagyashree, Ayesha Dharkar and Gulshan Grover play their part well. Others lend able support.
Lalit Pandit’s music fails to make impact. Actually, a film like Red Alert doesn’t require songs at all. However, Monty Sharma’s background score was exhilarating. Allan Amin’s action was believable but at the same time not too gory. Yet, unfortunately, the film was awarded an Adults-only certificate! K. Rajkumar’s cinematography was very nice but too shaky in the action scenes. Locations were breathtaking.
Aruna Raje’s screenplay was watertight, making the film completely engrossing. Hats off to her for coming up with such an intense script inspired from a real life story (as claimed by the makers)! Ananth Narayan Mahadevan’s direction was brilliant and this is easily his most accomplished work till date. It requires guts, knowledge and confidence to come up with a film like Red Alert and Mahadevan truly comes out with flying colours! Just like Red Alert, his another offbeat film, Staying Alive, is also stuck since more than a year and it’s high time it gets a release too!
Some of the best scenes:
1. The first scene
2. Lakshmi (Sameera Reddy) rescued by the Naxals
3. Narsimha learns to shoot
4. The failed attack at the minister’s house
5. The intermission point
6. Krishnraj’s entry in the narrative
7. Foreigner’s kidnap
8. The attack on the school
9. Narsimha’s confrontation with Velu
10. The last 25 minutes
On the whole, Red Alert is a brilliant peace of cinema. It gives a true and justified portrayal of the Naxalite movement, an unsolved and most prevalent issue of country. As expected, this grim, serious film has kept most of the audiences’ away inspite of getting considerable acclaim. But here’s a request-give this film a dekko and that too in theatres! Let’s encourages films like Red Alert so that we can have more of such meaningful cinema in future! Satisfaction is fully guaranteed!
My rating-**** out of 5!
By Taran Adarsh, July 9, 2010 – 10:28 IST
In most Hindi films, the first thing you notice at the very start is a disclaimer which states that the film is a work of fiction and bears no resemblance to any person living or dead. But RED ALERT – THE WAR WITHIN admits that it’s based on a real story. Even otherwise, the issue it dares to portray — the Naxalite movement — is topical, piping hot and an issue that has been dominating the front pages of newspapers for quite some time now.
Come to think of it, who’d be interested in knowing what happened in the life of a poor villager, living a hand to mouth existence in a hamlet in Andhra Pradesh? Aren’t these stories covered on news channels and forgotten the next day itself?
|BY BOLLYWOOD HUNGAMA.COM
But the written material [screenplay: Aruna Raje] of RED ALERT – THE WAR WITHIN is so powerful and the execution of the subject so rivetting that you can’t help but keep your eyes wide open as the story unfolds. You gradually realize that you aren’t merely watching a film on the Naxal movement, but also the heart-wrenching story of a simpleton who gets embroiled in a mess only because he wants to feed his family and send his kids to school.
Final word? Give this realistic film a dekho. It’s worth it!
RED ALERT – THE WAR WITHIN tells the story of Narsimha [Suniel Shetty], a farm labourer, who desperately needs money to fund the education of his children. He suddenly finds himself in the midst of Naxalites, when he goes to deliver the food in the jungles. From being a mere cook to actually training in weapons to being involved in shootouts and kidnapping, Narsimha finds himself in the thick of life he had never bargained for. A confrontation with the group leaders turns his life upside down; he is now on the run from both law and the militants.
Almost a decade ago, LAAL SALAAM , starring Nandita Das and Sharad Kapoor, tackled the Naxal movement quite effectively. RED ALERT – THE WAR WITHIN is real as well and though it stars well-known stars who’re known for their work in hardcore masala films, immense care has been taken to present them as characters, instead of capitalising on their star status. This is evident at the commencement of the film itself, when Suniel Shetty, who has played a toughie in film after film, runs for cover and loses consciousness when the cops and Naxals indulge in gunfire. He’s as helpless as you and I would be, if caught in a hazardous sitaution like that. That’s not all, even Sameera Reddy is minus makeup and as shattered as any woman would be, after being gang-raped.
The characters apart, RED ALERT – THE WAR WITHIN keeps you engrossed in most parts, more so towards its second hour. However, its ending, talking strictly in terms of impact, isn’t as strong and impactful as the rest of the film.
RED ALERT – THE WAR WITHIN is director Ananth Narayan Mahadevan’s best work to date. It overshadows his previous works and proves that he has genuinely evolved into a fine storyteller. His handling of the difficult subject — a complete contrast to what he has attempted earlier — is simply first-rate. Aruna Raje’s screenplay is watertight, save for the climax that tends to get predictable. Action scenes [Allan Amin] are as real as real can be. K. Rajkumar’s cinematography is top notch. It must’ve been so tough to shoot this film in dense forests!
Every actor in RED ALERT – THE WAR WITHIN delivers a splendid performance. Suniel Shetty delivers his most sensitive, most amazing performance that can easily be called his career-best. It makes you realize that there’s a reservoir of talent that hasn’t been tapped to the optimum. Sameera Reddy is a complete revelation, a complete shocker. She leaves a hammer-strong impact. Like always, Seema Biswas is excellent, while Ayesha Dharkar is supremely efficient. Ashish Vidyarthi is outstanding. Why don’t we see more of him these days?
Gulshan Grover leaves a mark. Bhagyashree is effective. Makrand Deshpande underplays his part very well. Zakir Hussain is super. Aditya Lakhia is perfect. Sunil Sinha and Ehsaan Khan are good. Vinod Khanna, in a brief role, and Naseeruddin Shah, in a lone sequence, are superb.
On the whole, RED ALERT – THE WAR WITHIN is a well-made film that portrays realism effectively. It may not lure the audiences in hordes or set the box-office afire, like a typical entertainer generally does. Nonetheless, it will leave a strong, indelible impression on those watching it. Watch it for the sake of encouraging thoughtful, relevant and truly scorching content!
Bharati Dubey | TNN (THE TIMES OF INDIA; March 11, 2010)
It is cricket-ainment time at cinema halls across India, with nearly 650 screens gearing up for live telecasts of Indian Premier League (IPL) matches, which will begin from Friday and continue for more than six weeks. Sources said that the final number of screens could cross 700. Cine-goers will get to watch matches without commercial breaks and also avail of other incentives. Topmost among them is master-blaster Sachin Tendulkar’s autographed bat, which will be circulated across all cinemas and later auctioned. Sanjay Gaikwad, of UFO Moviez, said, “A bat Tendulkar has used will be auctioned off.’’ The funds will go to Apnalaya, an NGO endorsed by him.
Tendulkar also auctioned off the first theatre ticket for the matches. From a base price of Rs 5 lakh it went for Rs 11 lakh. The money will also go to Apnalaya. Tendulkar said, “This is a very good initiative and if high-content cricket reaches the remotest areas of the country more and more youngsters will be encouraged to play the game.’’
In Mumbai, about 50 cinema halls will screen matches, including Cinemax, New Excelsior, Roxy, Meghraj (Vashi), Gem (Bandra), Inox, Fame, PVR, Big and Broadway (Kandivli).
While the cinemas are geared up for the games, there is a small hitch in opening the advance bookings. Inox cinemas’ vice-president (marketing) Harshvardhan Gangurde said, “We are all set, but await a formal notification from the state government on taxes. Otherwise, things are in place.’’ There will be no entertainment tax exemption on IPL tickets. Gaikwad added, “The government will be charging about 20 to 34%, which is the same for any film ticket.’’ Sources said tickets would cost Rs 250 to Rs 300, the cost of an average movie ticket on weekends.
Some cinemas will offer alcohol. Devang Sampat, vice president, Cinemax Cinemas, said, “Corporate bookings have started and we are offering alcohol with them.’’
Most team sponsors have already done block bookings for the entire IPL season. A source said, “There is a lot of demand for Kolkata Knight Riders and Mumbai Indians, who probably have the maximum sponsors on board. Last season, KKR matches got the maximum eyeballs. With Tendulkar in tremendous form, there will definitely be a mad rush for his matches too.’’ Cinemas will offer cricketing merchandise and have cheerleaders, celebrities and live bands. Gaikwad said, “We are trying to bring the stadium into the theatre. There are lot of small towns where bookings are full and we have to add screens. In Nagpur it’s house-full even before the tournament begins.’’ In some states, including Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh, cinema halls will not be able to screen the matches as film producers have objected because there would be fewer screens to show local movies. Gangurde, of INOX, said, “We hope to resolve the issue in Bangalore, but no live telecasts will happen in cinemas in TN and AP.’’