Rattha Charithram

A History not to be missed.

Reviews 3-Dec-2010 1:21 PM IST Top 10 Cinema Comments

Plunge yourself into the hardcore reality of vengeance drama that preaches a strong message – An eye for an eye will make the world blind. Keeping us awaited over a long period of time, Suriya’s ‘Rattha Charithram’ is a power-packed drama with a riveting screenplay. Indian film industry’s maverick filmmaker Ram Gopal Varma has researched even to the minutest details of real life characters. It is very much evident with the dramatic events that happened years before. Setting bomb through TV Box, assassination of Parithala Ravi and opponent Suri’s plans to eliminate his rival have been accurately or precisely well represented.

The film’s storyline is so tenuous as reading these lines might draw your perceptions of Rattha Charithram being a threadbare tale of seeking vengeance. Of course, it is true as the film doesn’t stride away from this concept. But the unique style of Prashanth Pandey’s screenplay and Ram Gopal Varma’s making style packages the film as a different experience for the audiences.

Undoubtedly, if Suriya hadn’t accepted this role, Ram Gopal Varma couldn’t have made this film. No one would have played the role of Suriya with such brilliance and intense depth. Suriya’s Herculean exertions keep us awestruck throughout the show.

Everyone is good in nature, but the situations influence them to change. Rattha Charithram is one such drama that revolves around two warring families. Set in backdrops of Ananthapuram village, Prathap Ravi (Vivek Oberoi) sets out to avenge the death of his father [Rajendra Gupta] and brother [Sushant Singh). Ravi’s political foray makes him the most powerful person in the state and no one has guts to knock him down. But years later, Suryanarayan Reddy (Suriya) arrives to seek vengeance upon Prathap Ravi. He hatches murder plans of Ravi’s assassination by remaining inside the prison.

The first 20mins is bowdlerized version of Raktha Charithra-1 as it revolves around the uprising of Prathap Ravi. Well for the fans of Suriya, they’ll have to be patient for this duration as the actor appears nearly to the 30th minute after show begins. The screenplay turns more gripping for the next couple of hours; it will keep you on edge-of-seats. The dialogues penned by Gnyanavel are the biggest assets of this film. The lines of Suriya to Priyamani – Be My Strength, Not My Weakness and Suriya-Vivek dialogues – You’re dreaming a lot, Try to sleep wins the applause amongst audiences. Ram Gopal Varma’s brilliancy is revealed with the characterizations. For the first time, a Tamil cinema is made with no hero-villain factors. The humanity part of Vivek Oberoi has been described, especially with the sequence when he asks his henchmen to stop the assassination of Priyamani.

Priyamani’s characterization is something new and quite powerful where she insists her spouse to seek revenge unlike other heroines, who want to stop the heroes.

Listing out each and every plus of this film will turn this review into a 5-page exclusive. Let’s keep it short, ‘Rattha Charithram’ preaches non-violence. The prototyped masala movies in Tamil often show the victory of protagonist by eliminating the baddies while RS is a prolonged version of what happens next – Chain of events. The final shot of the film before final credits signifies that the war is not going to end.

Technically every department has excelled, especially the background score. For the last 20minutes there aren’t many dialogues, but the background score.

Tamil audiences can experience the new line of cinema through ‘Rattha Charithram’.

What works: Everything in the frame. Story, Screenplay, Dialogues, Action, Performance

What doesn’t work: Nothing in particular…

Verdict: A History not to be missed.

Banner: Cloud Nine Productions, Cinergy Productions

Production: Dayanidhi Azhagiri, Vivek

Direction: Ram Gopal Varma

Screenplay: Prashanth Pandey

Star-casts: Suriya, Vivek Oberoi, Priyamani, Radhika Apte, Chatrugan Sinha and others.

Music: Dharam-Sandeep

Dialogues: Gnanavel

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