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Rakta Charitra 2: Suriya at his Best, Title Could've Been Somethingelse

I can't remember the last time I watched a Ram Gopal Varma film. It is only because I adore the Tamil star, Suriya that I decided to watch the Ratka Chartira 2. The theater had just about fifteen people, and with that number, just two women. To be honest, that felt sad but I think the title could have been a lot milder...I was really very hesitant to watch a movie with this kind of title because I thought the content may be worse...but I had some sense of faith in Suriya, knowing the kind of films that he has done before.

The first part of the movie starring Vivek Oberoi was quite gory but not as bad as I expected it to be. I was quite impressed with Vivek Oberoi's body language and portrayal of the character he represented. He seemed to bring that character to life and that wouldnt have been easy. A lot of hard work has gone into making that character work in this movie.

Having said that, I'd say Suriya outshone Vivek Oberoi.  The dialogues he has are few but his eyes are so expressive and he uses his expressions to convey his feelings beautifully. Ram Gopal Varma has brought out the best of Suriya's acting in this film, despite pitching him into a new landscape altogether. For a star who is celebrated like an icon in Tamil Nadu, taking this role must have been a challenge...but he's done it really well. I would have liked to see less violence and blood in this movie but it is still not half as bad as many other movies one sees without realizing that the movie's packaging cleverly omitted the violence quotient. Though i am not an RGV fan, I've got to say that I admire his guts - the fact that he doesnt show you one thing in his trailer and title to get you to somehow book your tickets and then, when you are there, the movie has an altogether different content which if you had known earlier, you would have not even bothered to go for it.

Once again, I've got to say this - hats off to RGV to bringing out Suriya's finest expressions...of anguish, of anger, of love and of helplessness. Nothing went over the top....perfectly balanced. What an actor!

December 2011 - this is the first movie I really liked watching and even now, that title makes me feel fear...because it sounds like a slaughterhouse.
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