What is Good:
It isn’t always that you’d say almost ‘everything works’ for a Telugu movie, but it does for Rakta Charitra 2. The first half is as amazing as any Telugu movie can get. The graph of the story goes up, stays up, and merges with how humans are conditioned by situations toward the end. It is a journey into one man’s revenge story, and how other things like personal relationships, social responsibilities and intrinsic belief systems are stirred and shaken!
Some scenes like the following are topnotch:
- A man coming to meet another person in a jail. The camera angles are such that you never know who is in the jail, who is on the other side.
- A police officer brings a culprit to courtroom, where he is attacked. Every frame in those scenes are lessons in film making.
- The denouement (post-climax) in which a police officer narrates to a culprit how a so called hero always falls deserves applause. The hero here says that his reasons and excuses to be a hero ended when he killed his villain, and hence he won’t fall!
Sudeep betters his performance of Rann. Vivek Oberoi is amazing, and Surya beats them both, in the few scenes he has with them. Whenever Surya is on screen he uses his eyes, body language in such a way that we directly stare at the soul of character which has only one aim – to kill! What an actor.
Thanikella Bharani, Shatrugan Sinha and all other character artists are good too! Priyamani is just special. One wonders why an actress of her calibre chooses to do some dumb roles!