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RGV and his RAKTA CHARITRA
April 16, 2009 4:56:15 PM IST Bollywood Trade News Network
RAM GOPAL VERMA
As we all know maverick filmmaker Ram Gopal Verma loves to experiment and work on the subjects inspired by real-life incidents. These days Ramu, apart from working on INDIA 24/7 (earlier titled as RANN), is busy exploring about the character Paritala Ravi's life. Infact Ramu is planning a film based on him. And like most of his films the title of this film too is being said to be out of the ordinary ones. The film is titled as RAKTA CHARITRA.
Recently Ramu confirmed about the same on his blog, ''Yes I am intending to make RAKTA CHARITRA as my next after INDIA 24/7. Inspired by the story of Paritala Ravi from Andhra Pradesh who got assassinated in January 2005. Even though the actual incidents of the story happened and the related characters existed in south India, I am planning to make it in Hindi because I strongly feet that the sheer uniqueness of the story deserves to be told to a much wider audience.''
Further he described about Paritala Ravi's character & life, ''He was arguably the most feared individual ever in the history of the blood-ridden faction politics of South India. He was a prime accused in innumerable murder cases and also survived numerous assassination attempts, the most brutal of which happened on in November 1997. How Ravi, a soft-spoken shy guy under a force of certain circumstances retreated into the jungles, became a rebel and how he mounted a volcano of violence to avenge his father's and brother's deaths and how in time he became a folklore legend and eventually a minister in N.T.Ramarao's Cabinet reads more grippingly than any fiction writer anywhere in the world can ever imagine.''
''Ravi's name sent shivers up the spines of not only his rivals but even the law enforcement agencies. He was a rebel, a feudal lord, a robin hood, a killer of hundreds and saviour of thousands till the day he was gunned down by a death squad allegedly put together by his arch rival Suri who wanted to avenge his father's and brother's deaths, in a bizarre deja vu,'' Added Ramu.
Ramu is so much so impressed with Ravi's story that he proclaimed it to be the most fascinating one, ''I, in the course of my life have read biographies of various people and have also come to know through various sources the life stories of many highly dangerous men but all those stories pale in comparison to Ravi's life story.'' Further he also stated in the blog, ''In my research for the film what I finally managed to piece together from all the various police records and eye witness accounts is the most fascinating story I have ever heard or could hope to hear in my life. This 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 2 individuals and it is also the ultimate statement on the oft heard disastrous consequences of a fatal mixture of caste, crime, family feuds and politics.''
''I am planning to film this story at one stretch and release it in 2 parts about 3 months from each other, a first of its kind ever attempted in the history of Indian cinema. I want to call the films RAKTA CHARITRA- I and RAKTA CHARITRA-II. Why I want to make it in 2 parts is because, the sheer drama and content the story possesses is so incredibly rich and of such high magnitude that it is not possible to do justice to do it in a film which is lesser than 5 hours. Also Ravi's life can be broadly divided into 2 parts from the time how circumstances created his rise to how he created circumstances that felled him.''
''I believe that RAKTA CHARITRA is going to be the most defining film of my career not because of how well I will make it but sheerly because of the material I have at my hand. To put it simply I don't have to work hard to make it well but I have to work hard to spoil it.'' Concludes Ramu in the blog.