Rakt Charitra - 2 Hindi Movie Review
Though Rakhta Charitra 1 did not do too well at the box office there is no two ways that it was a very well made action drama. However as Rakhta Charitra 2 releases, it completely takes away all the hard work that director Ram Gopal Varma had put in RC1.
While RC1 was filled with drama and incidents to keep the pace up, RC2 does not have half as much of the required content to sustain interest leave alone living up to the expectations of people who saw the first part. RC2 starts in a very unique fashion. It does a recap of sorts as the director runs through the entire story of RC1. While this can work for people who didn't watch the first part, it could make the audience who has seen the first part restless. A twenty-minute recap is not cool in any way. At some degrees it shows lack of confidence and awareness that the first part was not watched by too many.
RC2 as I mentioned has negligible drama and twists to keep it going. And this makes the film seem extremely long. To add to it the directors new idea for showing almost the entire film in slow motion! He tries to magnify the effect of every important scene by showing it in slow motion, throwing to air any caution of overdoing it. And then he hams it up with his usual loud music. There is no denying that the desired effect is achieved by the director but when the whole process is redone over and over again it tires you as an audience and by the end of the film you would just be wishing for the film to get over!
Technically the film is in the usual 'RGV space'. The director uses his usual penchant of looking at things from unusual places in the cinematography. There are a couple of jump cuts in editing and could have been avoided. The music as mentioned earlier is effective.
The performances too are very good. While Vivek Oberoi continues with his form from RC1, Surya and Sudeep make an impact in this film. There is enough for the fans of both the south Indian stars to keep them clapping. Shatrughan Sinha has a lesser role here but is stylish as ever. Priyamani and Radhika Apte are good.
RC 2 falls way behind expectations and is immensely tiring a drill. However what becomes clear is that this was probably the original film. Ram Gopal Varma decided to show the graph of each character - Pratap Ravi and Surya - separately and hence ended up making two films. He could have very well kept it a single film and made it into one of his best projects.