Rakta Charitra : Writer’s note

“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”.
Prashant Pandey
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43 Responses to Rakta Charitra : Writer’s note

  1. Krishna says:

    Thank you for presenting this type of stories on the silver screen. Please keep posted about the technicians who are going to work for this movie as it needs very good background and atmospheric tracks, splendid photography and very tight screen-play (I hope you will pen-down the screenplay for this movie)… It is the combination of the technical values plus the imagination of the director which will tie-down the crowd in the theatre to watch the movie..

  2. Naveen says:

    i remember a funny incident my friend told me regarding paritala ravi………we still have a good laugh over itmy friend was working for a bank some years back in the collections department in hyderabad…..one day he was on his routine cases of pulling up loan defaulters……….one among the cases was of someone who took loan to buy some vehicles and had defaulted on payments…..my friend and his accomplices went to the address to pull up the defaulter……….after reaching the place, they were told that the bank was not going to get the money or the vehicles…and that they should forget about the whole issuemy friend had heard about p.ravi and decided to flee as soon as possible……they were happy to come out of that place safe and soundthe bank apparently did write off the debt

  3. Krishna says:

    By the way, Can I know who is "Prashant Pandey" whose name appeared at the end of this post?


    Sir, is Mr.Pandey assisted in the script work of SarkarRaj&ContractI noticed his name in the websites of the above two movies

  5. Pashabhai says:

    Great!!! Sounds very Interesting!! I am available to act in this movie.ThanksP

  6. nadia says:

    RAM GOPAL KARAN VARMA…….have u changed ur name?Bib B says that:-RGV shoots a wedding sequence, bhangra and all.. well actually in his own tongue.. bang rah !! And Karan does action.The world.. it is a changing.I alter his name of address on set – call him, Mr Ram Gopal Karan Varma, much to the amusement of the entire unit and to the great discomfort of RGKV himself. As it is his camera department is in shock. They have never had to deal with so many bright lights on a Ram Gopal Varma film. It has always been the dark and dingy and smoke infested mysterious atmospheres. Shadows lurking around and intrigue like a pungent body of air piercing the sparse and vacant drawing room.His shot taking is rapid by normal standards, but he does dwell on moments in his film that he personally relishes. The marriage band and formalities are rushed through, as though they were a sore point in his personal existence. But the moment that is over he is back to close photography, interesting frame ups and silent dispositions. His forte is his ability to construct a moment in a film, out of nothing and fill it with sufficient intrigue to make it delightfully watchable.

  7. lprakash says:

    wow! wish u all the best for this \’maha exciting\’ project.wish i was part of its team!regardsprakash gowda

  8. Unknown says:

    Varma, Hats off to your marketing skills!!!

  9. Vi says:

    To Mr. RGV,The concept sounds really good..as long as you don\’t fuck it up with your wierd camera angles.Dude, you seriously have it in you to make engaging cinema. Shiva (the old one) is a prime example.I have no idea of film-making nor am I keen on learning the technicalities of it. However, I must say that some of your most effective stories have been messed up by your obsession with shooting scenes from the most annoying and pointless angles that end up diluting the impact of the ongoings.Other than that, wish you all the best. You are and always will be one of the filmmakers whose release I look forward to.

  10. Shalini says:

    Wow Ramu, This post is very interesting. I thought you are one hell of a writer and this Prashant Pandey did it even better. I can\’t wait to watch this movie. I was initially surprised to see the shloka from Gita in RGV\’s blog. Good thing you put Mr.Pandey\’s name in the end. Anyways..Who is this Mr.Pandey?

  11. Anil says:

    Instead of one movie you are splitting into two movies … so please don\’t loose the grip on screen play … we hate to see dragging and slow screen plays …we want to see RGV\’s Team best work with this movie….

  12. Vinay says:

    Wow. After reading the article I googled Ravi and realized that the whole of Rayalseema was or is embodied in violence and the area is pretty similar to Bihar in lawlessness, with the exception being that the police have been sincere, but crude bombs and guns rule in these parts of Cuddapah, anantpur and two more such areas. Seems like a story of a wronged guy, but havent there been stories like these before!

  13. Gopi says:

    Hi RGV, Are you an introvert or an extrovert?

  14. Abhishek says:

    Sounds good! A Hindi film with a Telugu title..perhaps the first of its kind in Indian cinema…Like they say – "If content is King, then delivery is god" I am sure you will have fun working on this project, your write up describes your excitement. Wanted to ask- Has blogging changed the way you think?

  15. pete says:

    For aethiest\’s sake plzzz try using good music directors, sarkar series was half spoiled by bad back ground score, they are not understanding the impact sounds that u want at certain scenes and give a stupid BAM!!! or Skreaachy GOVINDA!!!. Try using rahman, if it hurts ur ego, then u can go for Next Gen MD\’s like Mickey J Meyer or Amit trivedi.

  16. sLm says:

    sir i have few question please if you can answer 1) whenever a new comer in bollywood becomes hit he is always asked whom do u want to work with they bring out a list of worthless people and no one till date has spoke your name….whereas the fact is you introduce 78% of new comers in the bollywood…what is your quote for this…

  17. tadi says:

    annai idi naa kala ,palnadu nepadhyamlo (pakka palnad style,..rallu rappalu vagulu vankalu)ravi charecter ni use chesukuni oka gangster movie cheyalani only in telugu with guntur dailect.script kooda ready.best of luck to u(nee cinema choosi malli nenu script change cheyyali)

  18. Sree says:

    RGV,Is Prashant Pandey writing the blogs on behalf of you ?

  19. daya says:

    I never had a idea about Ravi before. But after seeing Ravi\’s house in Anantapur which looks like some kind of mordern fort, I understood the things. The House was 4floor builing which is surrounded with 12 ft large compound wall with electric wire fencing and sharp rods on the top of it and huge gates. He was killed near his house a half kilometer away at his party office.

  20. Dinesh says:

    Starts with.. “Nainam chindanti shastrani nainam dahtii pavaka…” ,TheEnd by"Yadaa yadaa hi dharmasya, glanirmabhavati bharatah abbhutthanam adharmasya tadaatmaanam srujaamnyaham"…घंटा कीर्तन-बाबाजी का. have you ever seen the GOD. What you see is what you get. Really Worth see. I have seen………………………………… in my dream, in which the GOD was beating by me like gali ka kutta naa ghur ka naa ghaant kaa….

  21. Prasaanth says:

    curious about casting …when will it be finalized..my feel jagapathi babu will suit it

  22. Unknown says:

    Hi,After i read ur essays on GOD, i found this interesting article on the net.In a small town in America, a person decided to open up his bar business, which was right opposite to a church. The church and its congregation started a campaign to block the bar from opening with petitions and prayed daily against his business.Work progressed. However, when it was almost complete and was about to open a few days later, a strong lightning struck the bar and it was burnt to the ground.The church folk were rather smug in their outlook after that, till the bar owner sued the church authorities for $ 2million on the grounds that the church through its congregation & prayers was ultimately responsible for the demise of his bar shop, either through direct or indirect actions or means.In its reply to the court, the church denied all responsibility or any connection that their prayers were reasons to the bar shop\’s demise. In support of their claim they referred to the Benson study at Harvard that inter-cessionary prayer had no impact !As the case made its way into court, the judge looked over the paperwork and at the hearing and commented:"I don\’t know how I am going to decide this case, but it appears from the paperwork, we have a bar owner who believes in the power of prayer and we have an entire church and it\’s devotees that doesn\’t."funny and reiterates your stand.

  23. Unknown says:

    Hi sir,This RAKTHA CHARITHRA story is related to NEWTON\’S LAW "for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction" i mean to two powers are PARITALA RAVI and MADDELECHERUVU SURI

  24. sai says:

    If you make it in hindi i guess the characters should also speak hindi but then dont you think the authenticity will be lost??

  25. Ambarish says:

    Hi Prashant, the idea or concept of linking a done to death story to a epic in mythology is good, but the basic fact remains is what i see in the film as story is almost done and re done. the only exicting part as a viewer is how do you approach the story and with what visuals and what dialogues? comming from factory, its almost certian that the camera angles and dialouges will be similar to his history of films. That begs a question. you are attempting a done to death story, and the viewer knows your approach to film making and is already have created a image of how the scenes will unfold, what is it that is so itiching / exiciting for you to recreate and make it so appleaing for the viewer to come and watch it in single screen theatres.

  26. Mahesh says:

    Hi Sir .. I am very eager to see the film on screen .. you might have heard about Paritala Ravi in the recent times .. me being the native of Anantapur and as a fan of your style of movie making, I always had a dream that … Ravi\’s story would be a master piece if it is directed by you … even after watching Sarkar, I felt Ravi\’s story will be far superior to it, if you direct it. Now am just waiting to see it on big screen. In this context I would like to share my experience regarding Paritala Ravi and how that incidence changed my attitude towards him. Once I got a chance to meet him personally. My Dad is a cloth merchant. One day we got a call from one of his followers saying that \’Anna mimmalni kalavalanta\’ (Anna wants to meet you). My Dad was very much worried thinking that he may demand a huge amount …. however we have to meet him, there is no chance of saying no. Myself and my Dad went to meet him. We were surprised to see his treatment. He was so humble and polite and also offered breakfast. We couldn\’t believe that he is Paritala Ravi. Well, the reason he called us, is to donate old inventory (clothing) for the people who suffered from floods (floods not in Anantapur, I dont remember exactly where) … and thanked us so much for our help. Then my attitude towards him has completely changed. I found him as a hero and realized his other side. I have been regularly following your blogs, but I never commented. I actually enjoy and learn a lot from your writings and perspectives. This time as you wrote about Rakta Charitha, I felt like sharing this incident.Good luck for your project :)RegardsMahesh

  27. Jonah says:

    cycle of time changes the hunted into the hunter and then again into the hunted. jab tak bhag sakhta hai bhagega.. akhir mein maarega.. ya marega.. agar maarega.. phir bhi marega…………. well said by Veerapally sreenivasan..

  28. Bhanu says:

    "Paritala Ravi’s saga echoes these mythical Indian epics not in a semblance of the story but in spirit of timelessness and universality"isn\’t this a huge claim?….. I can see the universality of his saga but i can\’t see a concrete argument for the timelesness, can you elaborate on this?..

  29. Ashvin says:

    This movie has already created a hype…the story seems to be really interesting and we could feel the power and the larger than life image….the last thing we want to see in this fim is the "B Gopal" touch who has made enough faction films to "ENTERTAIN" us….we hope that this movie is going to be a repeat of Shiva, Satya, Sarkar….!!!

  30. Jack says:

    RGV, I am assuming your thoughts on God are same as they were 27 years ago"…take the example of a man who is wishing for a large amount of money…”99.99999% of people don\’t pray. They beg."…Everyone desires to reach a stage of absolute happiness …"You think happiness always depends on external factors. Like you can be happy if Rann & Agyat become hits, or you own a Bentley or a penthouse. Then it is always Relative Happiness. Absolute happiness, by definition, does not depend on any external cause. We can almost never be unconditionally happy or happy without a cause. So we always postpone happiness, until our desire is satisfied. Are we ever HAPPY RIGHT THIS MOMENT? For example what is your state of mind right this moment? Do we ever say "I will be angry tomorrow" or "I will be sad after Diwali"? So why do we keep on saying “I will be happy after this or that criteria is satisfied"? Logic would imply there is a cause only if we are miserable. Rest of the time we should always be happy. On second thought, drop always. We should be happy right this moment. Isn\’t it?This state can be induced by drugs like LSD. Only, again we have become dependent on something 😦 That\’s where spirituality come in. (Note, I am using Spirituality, not Religion) A drug-addict & a spiritual person are both in state of no-mind. The only difference is the addict has fallen below the mind; the spiritual has gone beyond the mind.As long as the mind is there, the happiness can never be absolute. Haven\’t you noticed when you are ecstatic like in orgasm or having a great laugh, there are no thoughts in your mind? At that very moment you were in Nirvana."…pleasure and misery cannot be absolutely defined…”Pleasure is not same as bliss Pleasure is relative. Bliss is absolute."…It is a world devoid of competition…"Other than sports, competition should not exist anywhere. People should work for the sake of the work only (If we start enjoying our work, then by your definition, it is no more work. It is fun! 🙂 ). Else they should change their work (like you dropped engineering). Did Howard Roark compete with anybody? But did he lack initiative? Do you really need competition to achieve excellence? "…We are but our thoughts encased in a body? …"Is that all? Our thoughts are constantly changing. You have yourself said you are not the same person you were a week ago. If you are only thoughts and ideas and feelings, which are constantly changing, then who is aware of this change? Something inside you must have remained unchanged. That \’something\’ is beyond the body, mind, intellect, memory, ego (which is but a function of all your collection of memory). That \’something\’, that Witness, is what I call the Soul."…If the soul is beyond perceiving then in a realistic sense it should be taken as ideas and feelings…"You can perceive your ideas and feelings privately and can change them. They, definitely, are not the soul!"…the example of a wood-cutter who is happy in his profession, we observe that if he suddenly runs into a lot of money, he will stop cutting wood"“he will stop cutting wood" contradicts the assumption that "wood-cutter who is happy""…But very often their lives are controlled by people …"If you are Absolutely Happy, you can NEVER be controlled. It is only when you are relatively happy that your pleasure can turn into misery by an unfavourable review by Khalid Mohammad. Danger: I guarantee, if you are in bliss, you will be persecuted even more. People are jealous of happy people and terrified of blissful people. Look at what happened to Socrates(poisoned), Jesus(crucified), and Ashtavakra (crippled)."…wanting to reach that state in itself is a desire…"Couldn\’t have put it better! Wanting something to happen is the surest way to prevent it from happening. That\’s exactly why Krishna has said "Focus on the action, not on the result". It is not a commandment, it is a very good strategy. Two reasons:1. The action, filmmaking is in your hands. The result, hit or flop is not. So why waste time and energy?2. The moment you focus on hit/flop, you loose focus from film-making. The moment my mind is on the trophy, I have lost focus from the short-pitch delivery."…the degree of power we wish to procure…"What is it that you really wish for? To be happy , isn\’t it? Experiencing a better quality of life, film-making, lovemaking, freedom to do whatever you want to do, money, fame or power are just means to that end. Look without, and being beautiful, intelligent, rich, famous, powerful, successful are only temporary, changing. Look within, and the joy is eternal. It is Bliss.

  31. Unknown says:

    http://world.rediff.com/news/article/in/news/2006/apr/13naxal.htmabove is for TDP local party officehttp://in.truveo.com/Mumbai-under-Naxal-shadow-cops-crack-the-whip/id/4056511229has andhra govnt made 24 jan a state holiday?power in stance, command in voice and intensity in eyes qualify vivek for role. hmm.but vivek need to remove that educated look isnt it??

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