Red Alert is an attempt to go behind the reason for the spread of Naxal menace in the country. But, it does little to go beyond news, as reported on TV. Yes, there is a sabotage, looting of a police station by Naxals, civilians caught in the crossfire between naxals and police and reporter taken blindfolded to interview the Naxal leader, at a camp located deep inside the jungle.
The movie starts with a statement on the origin of Naxal movement in Naxalbari, West Bengal and then quickly moves into Andhra Pradesh. For some strange reason, the director decided to put Andhra / South accent into Hindi, creating an altogether new dialect for the movie. So, all words end with "aa". eg. Reda Alerta nota greata moviea, Anna.
Anyways, Narasimha (Suniel Anna) is happily married to Bhagyasree (in a silent role) with two kids who delivers food to the Naxals. Once, he is caught in a police - Naxal crossfire and taken into a Naxal camp and indoctrinated into the group. He is forced to take up arms and fight along with them. The group is headed by Velu Anna (Ashish Vidyarthi). Laxmi (Sameera Reddy) is picked up by the Naxals during a raid at a police station, who has been raped by the police. Velu constantly haggles for his dues, which is important for his family. In one such argument with Velu Anna, Narasimha kills him and runs away.
Vinod Khanna is wasted in a small role. Same with Naseeruddin Shah, who has a blink and you miss appearance as Suneil Shetty's friend from school. "Gasp". Yes, he also tries to bring some dry humor into the movie. Alas. he fails. Suneil Shetty gives an inspired performance, but his acting style is little different from his comic role in Hera Pheri. Seema Biswas after Bandit Queen, found another jungle based role along with Ayesha Dharker. Both had limited opportunities to show any acting talent.
While the intentions are good and depiction quite real, the movie, which is supposedly based on a true story and a serious issue doesn't connect with the audience as the background of the characters is missing and the Naxals fighting the war seem just like doing their job. A brief romantic sub-plot between Narasimha and Laxmi, which is fortunately nipped in the bud is also completely out of place in the context of the movie and gives a couple of hilarious dialogues / situations in the movie.
A large part of the movie is shot in the jungle, but except for a couple of scenes, you would dismiss it as a movie set. The end of the movie is as usual high drama, idealistic in true Bollywood style. Watch it for the jungles or the new dialect or even a documentary on the Naxal menace with some known faces on the big screen.