Based on Maoists, Naxalites, and rebels, RED ALERT: THE WAR WITHIN, depicting the real rural India has been accepted by whoever watched it in Stuttgart International Film Festival, where the director Ananth Mahadevan had a screening and won the Director's vision award.
People from different countries related it to their own rebellious movements and came out questioning if the end justifies the means. What's more, the character portrayed by Vinod Khanna bears an uncanny similarity to the intellectual ideologue Maoist leader Kobad Ghandy. RED ALERT is a true story, wherein Sunil Shetty, has given his career best performance, plays the role of the main protagonist sucked into the naxalite movement.
RED ALERT is a mainstream gritty realistic film which reflects a country at war with itself...India's little understood, most misunderstood war' A WAR WHERE EVERYONE IS RIGHT.....OR WRONG
"RED ALERT is a new age cinema based on realism, on issues that the country has to reflect and answer. It is a film borne out of on today's headlines...Naxalism is the single biggest internal security threat ever faced by India, with both the Prime minister & Home minister acknowledging it.
Realism is in Bollywood with better content getting greater acceptance, with the new wave cinema that reflect societal issues being the mantra for filmmakers. If RANG DE BASANTI tagline was 'Generation awake'....RED ALERT ask questions for the 'NATION to AWAKE'
There are very few movies that have been made on the subject since most people are unaware about the movement. After Mrinal Sen's CALCUTTA 71, Khwaja Ahmad Abbass' THE NAXALITES starring Smita Patil and Mithun Chakraborty, and Sanjiv Karambelkars LAL SALAAM, there aren't many films that talk about the subject.
So, in the day of sex comedies and fictitious action thrillers, a film that depicts reality would be more than welcome!