“Nainam chindanti shastrani nainam dahtii pavaka…”
“The soul can never be cut to pieces by any weapon, nor burned by fire.”This shloka from the Bhagwat Gita Chapter 2 on the unchanging nature of being forms the core of Indian thought which gave birth to the great epics- Ramayana and Mahabharta. It can be argued that these epics encapsulate the whole philosophy and rationale of birth and death and the period in between which is commonly referred to as life. That is the reason there can never be bigger and better stories than these.
Paritala Ravi’s saga echoes these mythical Indian epics not in a semblance of the story but in spirit of timelessness and universality, Rakta Charitra part one and two will be epic films with a vast emotional landscape of a saga spanning generations, the larger than life, crushing struggles and coming of age; the rise and fall of a legend.
Raktcharitra one and two will tell the origins, cause and effects and the gigantic pull of two opposing powers, Ravi and Suri, how the cycle of time changes the hunted into the hunter and then again into the hunted.
Rakta Charitra is about the life and times of men who unfalteringly walk into a deadly war that threatens to obliterate them and their families forever. Inspite of them being the last men standing and faced with just one choice – to kill or get killed, they keep rising from the ashes like a phoenix to defeat their enemies. There are no full stops in the world of Rakta Charitra as the end of one marks the beginning of another legend.
Though inspired from true epic rise and fall of Paritala Ravi, Raktcharitra for me turned out to be really an adaptation of the extremely dramatic real life stories of the rural legends of not only the south but also of the north India and also all over the world. For me this story has played out and is unfolding every day every where every moment since thousands of years and will continue to do so.
A true and first attempt at creating a contemporary Indian epic, an immensely intense social political and family drama, Rakta Charitra just by the sheer complexity of its narrative and the grandness of its story telling in a modern context can be truly called “aaj ke bharat kii mahabharat”.