The only sore thumb is the pace of the film, which seems to drag at places, mainly in the second half. Unfortunately for Surya, Pratap Ravi escapes the bomb blast. From then, there's no turning back. The main focus shifted to Surya Sivakumar, whose full potential lay unused and was marred by many of the slow-dragging scenes attempting to give a depth to his acting. The approx 2 hour runtime could have been brought down by at least half an hour by playing some of the slooowww pre-interval scenes alone, at normal speed. He's an unabashed rebel of the Indian film industry just like his protégé, Anurag Kashyap, who is way beyond most Indian directors , and that shows in his work.
The plus points of the movie are Surya and a few intense scenes. Shivaji Rao asks Pratap to stop this vengeance but Prathap insists on killing Surya. Nagamani Reddy orders the local police inspector to kill Shankar in a fake encounter. Sudeep betters his performance of Rann. Instead it portrays them as men who rose and fell.
Pratap Ravi hides in the jungle with his father's associates and vows to kill Narsimha Reddy, Nagamuni Reddy and Manda one by one, instilling fear of death in each one of them. Verma was questioned by the Police after Suri's murder. After killing all his rivals Pratap Ravi Vivek Oberoi concentrates on his political career and becomes a big leader and minister. But you cannot, at any point, bypass Suriya : he has eyes that speak. Nagamuni Reddy calls for Manda , a close follower of Veerabhadra, and manipulates him into killing Veerabhadra, giving him the assurance that if he does it, people will suspect the policies of Veera Bhadra as his own follower killed him and he will be the next in line as the leader of the poor people, else take his life. Veera Bhadra lashes out at Narasimha Reddy for being unfair to the underprivileged communities and storms out.
Shubhra Gupta of gave the movie 2. Pratap wasn't responsible for many of the killings but Surya's quest isn't unreasonable either. Rakta Charitra 2 could have been dismissed as another revenge story, but it stands out due, apart from the local relevance, to Ram Gopal Varma's style of story-telling and his vaunted production values. Immediately, his secretary mentions Pratap Ravi's name; Shivaji Rao sends for him and puts down a proposal of joining his party and ticket for contesting elections. Even though, as a socio-fantasy, it deserves a bigger screen than your 6-inch smartphone, it is a good start.
Surya is seen waiting in the woods near the main road, waiting for Pratap Ravi and hurls a bomb at his convoy. Part one has many interesting and true-to-real-life killings. Hence the people who followed Paritala Ravi life story might not be satisfied with the climax of the movie. Pratap Ravi decides to kill Surya inside the jail, he plans carefully and decides someone from outside their camp should do this, so that the police does not suspect them. Pratap comes to know about his hideout devises a plan to execute him.
Pratap Ravi , who is in college in the city, gets the news of his father's murder and rushes to the village. Meanwhile, Surya surrenders himself before court and is jailed. However, all kudos to him for making this movie, keeping it balanced to all sides and bringing up philosophy to the end. Some of the new films that are worth a watch include Arjun Reddy, Ghazi Attack, Mahanati, U-Turn, Goodachari, Ye Maaya Chesave, Bhaagamathie, Rangasthalam and Fidaa. For those who know the story of Paritala Ravi, they could compare the film with the real life story. He is now invited by actor-turned-politician, Shivaji Rao, to join politics and end the bloodshed. Muddu Krishna gets attracted to Surya and becomes his devoted follower.
Answers to all these questions form part of the climax. For the first time Pratap and his men are beaten by an ordinary man. The film undoubtedly has some similarities to Paritala Ravi's story though Varma continue to publicise that it is a fictitious story based on some real life incidents. Nothing gives a man more courage than having nothing to live for, and Surya's hatred for Pratap consumes him. The camera angles are such that you never know who is in the jail, who is on the other side.
Yet, they come off as heroes in his story-telling, people you're rooting for. Infuriated with his brother's murder, Pratap Ravi and Veerabhadra's men kill all the police officers and the inspector. But it came crashing down later and is now hovering around Rs 10 to Rs 12 Cr. The controversies that were raised in the first half and the protests by the Telugu Desam leaders and others helped to make the first part of the film a success. It was perfect in every single aspect.