Confused. bloodied. uncharacterized.
RGV said somewhere that his film Rakta Charitra will leave the viewers thinking who the hero is and who the villain. Yes, there are confusions after you finish watching this blood-filled, gruesome flick -- not to identify the hero, but to understand why you keep coming to this stocky, sppooky man's (Mr Gopal) movies despite his legendary disasters. It's his ability to create a hype and curiosity out of some momentary brilliance that he still manages to create, then edited and marketed intelligently to grab the eyeballs. But what he has completely lost is the connect to his core viewers, who are yet to abandon him. Rakta Charitra will certainly not appeal to masses due to its overtly display of gore. The women, as Ramu fails to understand, play a significant role in making a movie successful. if a movie fails to appeal to them, the theaters in the weekend are most likely going to be empty.
So, Rakta Charitra must cater to his loyal fans who like to see him recreating his old dark gems like Satya, Company. But, sadly, Ramu has become an arrogant character who refuses to accept reality; believes that his films are way ahead of the time; and clearly undermines the viewer's comprehension. So, he makes this semi documentary, mostly half boiled film called Rakta Charitra, and embarks on a journey that he believes will create a history. As he plans to release the other part a month after the Part 1 release.
Vivek Oberoi, the poor soul, gives a real good performance. He has certainly emerged as an actor, but his brand is not strong enough to carry the movie on its own. Rakta Charitra has its moments of brilliance indeed. but it's too short lived.
So, when the menace ends, you may feel dizzy. Thoroughly Confused. bloodied. un-characterized. Part II? you better have an insurance cover. Sar jhuka-ke jeeo! else Ramu's axe will find your neck.