Vengeance is back on Indian screen with a baggage of excessive violence. After making one of the worst film of his career, Ramgopal Verma is back with a big bang. He returned to his fort of crime, violence, power, politics and thrill with the original real life story of Andhra criminal cum politician Paritala Ravi. This is his striking and desperate attempt with a punch with all his capable might and madness which either make you hate or just praise him for his daring effort showing you never before unthinkable violence and bloodshed on Indian screen. Though in showing reality of dirty nexus between crime, politics and shifting volatile power and portraying some of his character too diabolic, he crossed the limit of Indian audience and orthodox censor board but while doing it in his limitless frenzy he made another ‘original’ and ‘cult’ film for his fans.
This is the only Indian commercial film shot and made with a length of more than five hours and the reason enough why it has to be released in two parts. The first installment begins with impressive shifting of power that gave birth to revenge and bloodshed with mind-blowing treatment, brilliant ensemble cast and striking performances all with what one can expect from RGV’s diabolic dark mind. The film is saving grace and praiseworthy comeback not only for RGV but also for Vivek Oberoi and he’s the extension of fire what we witnessed in his debut ‘Company’ with the same mentor. Apart of him, the film has fine ensemble and supporting presence of many RGV loyal cast with certain new entries. The prominent among them is Shatrughan Sinha, who has short but impressive presence with his moustache less face as popular film star cum politician Shivaji with dialogues and attitude that suits his aura; this time his ‘Khamosh!’ is replaced with ‘Topic is over’. Abhimanyu Singh who blew our minds in his short but terrific presence as Ransa in ‘Gulaal’ has performed one of the most heinous and violent villain you have ever seen on Indian screen as Bukka. It’s in portraying him as ‘Rakshas’, RGV showed certain objectionable violence crossing all possible barriers. But the intensity of Abhimanyu Singh's act is visible in some of the striking scenes with his bloodthirsty rage in expression and pervert body language. Watch the scene where he continuously slapping the lady cop repeating ‘Touch nahi karna’ or another where he’s showing his temper when his brother comes to meet him in prison. Without a doubt he’s the villain of the year.
Technically film is almost flawless and has gripping editing with few avoidable distractions and a song. Cinematography, background score and production deserved clapping. The only complain is too dark portrayal of characters shedding their part of violence on screen. It would have been better if Ramu had explored multiple dimensions of their charcterization like 'Satya'.
He ended the film on interesting turn with showing you rushes of his second part releasing 19th on next month with the entry of South Indian superstar Suriya to give Vivek enough fire. I’m desperately waiting to see the second part and I’m sure that Ramu won’t fall short of my expectations in making this epic bloodbath of his career.
The film is strictly no, no to family audience and achche ghar ki bahu-betiyan. It’s all loaded for RGV fans who’re as mad enough as him. Watch it at your own risk, it's quite hard to digest for all.
PS- "I am like a hardcore porn dvd. You might hate it, love it, look down upon it or get disgusted by it but if it is in the room you can't resist watching it."
- RGV's interesting comment on his blog.