My next film is a biography called ‘Rakta Charitra’: RGV
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Ram Gopal Varma is continuing to make films in heap. In 2008, he made a hat trick with 'Sarkar Raj', 'Contract' and 'Phoonk'. And now in 2009, he has completed shooting 'Agyaat', his 'India 24/7' (earlier titled Rann) is already underway while plans have been formalized to kick start the shoot of yet another film that has been interesting titled 'Rakta Charitra'. Over to Ramu who divulges what 'Rakta Charitra' is all about and the reasons that prompted him to make this film.
Rakta Charitra - Now that's quite an interesting title for a film. "Yes, that's the name of the film I am intending to make as my next after 'India 24/7'. It's inspired by the story of Paritala Ravi from Andhra Pradesh who got assassinated in January 2005. Even though the actual incidents of the story happened and the related characters existed in south India, I decided to make it in Hindi because I strongly felt that the sheer uniqueness of the story deserves to be told to a much wider audience."
Who was Paritala Ravi? "Not many people seem to be aware about his existence in the past! Paritala Ravi was arguably the most feared individual ever in the history of the blood-ridden faction politics of South India. He was a prime accused in innumerable murder cases and also survived numerous assassination attempts, the most brutal of which happened on a quiet Friday afternoon in November 1997 when a road near Rama Naidu Studio in Hyderabad was turned into a death field by a bomb which killed 26 people but failed to get its intended target Ravi."
A quick Google search reveals that he was one of the most dreaded men then. "Yes, he was. I, in the course of my life have read biographies of various people and have also come to know through various sources the life stories of many highly dangerous men including that of Velupalli Prabhakaran - the LTTE Chief, to Pablo Escobar - the Columbian drug lord to our very own Dawood Ibrahim but all those stories pale in comparison to Ravi's life story!"