Ram Gopal Varma plans to make a political drama, Rakta Charitra, on the life of Telugu Desam Party (TDP) MLA Paritala Ravi.
Vivek Oberoi will play Paritala Ravi in the movie.
It’s after a long time that Ram Gopal Varma is making an interesting movie after the Contracts and the Darlings, with only an occasional Sarkar thrown in to keep the faith.
Now that he has got over his desire to make typical mainstream movies, he is, thankfully, back to making what he is good at.
Ramu can effortlessly portray gritty realities of power, its misuse, and the violence it begets, like he did in Company, by far one of his best films.
More than that he can bring out the vulnerabilities of his characters, their motivations, and quirks in exquisite detail.
With Paritala Ravi’s character and tumultous life, he has a lot to work with. And, for once his casting his bang-on. Thank the lord, we have been spared the Prashant Rajs and the Gautam Guptas.
Vivek Oberoi has always turned in great performances but has not received his due.
He was brilliant in Vishal Bharadwaj’s Omkara, but he was hardly recognized for his role – neither was Ajay Devgan who did a fine job – because Saif Ali Khan had yellow teeth and a limp.
Not to say that Saif did not act well, but he certainly wasn’t exceptional.
Ram Gopal Varma has said in interviews that he was fascinated with Paritala Ravi’s life, a peace-loving man who got caught into in the brutal political conflict in Andhra Pradesh.
“Rakta Charitra’ is the story of a man’s phenomenal rise to power and a story of the most intense blood curdling conflict ever heard of between two individuals. Moreover, the story is also the ultimate statement on the often heard disastrous consequences of a fatal mixture of caste, crime, family feuds and politics,” Varma was quoted as saying.
Ramu will make Rakta Charitra in two parts, Rakta Charitra I and Rakta Charitra II, because he feels that one part will not do the movie justice, given its dramatic content.
The two movies will be released in a gap of three months.
Paritala Ravi was an accused in numerous murder cases, who survived many murder attempts, and was finally assasinated in 2005.
Ravi’s father and brother were murdered by local factionists. He became a rebel, and fled to the jungles, plotting revenge for his family’s death.
In 1994, Paritala Ravi was elected as an MLA, and became part of NT RamaRao’s cabinet as Minister for Labor.
He was killed in broad daylight after attending a party meeting. After his death, TDP workers took to the street and burnt nearly 600 buses.
Congress leader Suryanarayana Reddy, known as Maddela Cheruvu Suri, was allegedly behind the brutal murder. In 2008, Suri was in jail, and was said to be behind the murder of Seenu, also in jail, the man accused of murdering Ravi at Suri’s behest.
Seenu was set to turn approver in the Paritala Ravi murder case.
Suri, had earlier tried to murder Ravi, in November 1997. Ravi escaped but 28 people died in the blast.
Paritala Ravi himself was accused of murdering many Congress leaders.
Ramu has said that he has met the families of Paritala Ravi and Suri, and various people connected with the two.
Ramu has also met Suri in jail to piece together the story.
It will be interesting to see who Ramu will cast as Suri. As long as it in not Prashant Raj or Abhishek Bachchan, I would be happy enough with whoever he pulls out of the hat.
Ram Gopal Varma’s next, Agyaat, is in post-production, and will be released in July 2009.