‘Raktham’: Rajesh Touchriver’s drama continues to receive acclaim

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National Award-winning director Rajesh Touchriver of ‘Na Bangaru Thalli’ fame is coming up with a social drama titled ‘Raktham’ (The Blood).

Starring Sanju Sivram and Madhu Shalini (in a deglam avatar) in lead roles, the film tells the troubled stories of a group of naxals. “It’s a film about the ethical conflicts within the ideology of revolution. I was inspired by Nobel Peace Prize laureate Albert Camus’ ‘Les Justes’ in making the movie,” the talented director tells.

Probe more and you find out that the subject touches upon the moral issues involved in choosing a violent path. “A group of political revolutionaries find themselves in a situation of internal conflict when they venture out to assassinate a union minister. Things seem to fall apart as they get closer to the goal,” the director chips in.

Well-known character artiste Banjerjee has a key role, while Sana, Bindu, John Kottoly and Harish Chandra are playing other intense characters.

Shot in Hyderabad and Karimnagar, ‘Raktham’ is presented by social activist and Padma Shri-winner Sunitha Krishnan.

‘Raktham’ has been adjudged the winner at the 2017 Indie Gathering in Foreign Drama Feature segment.

About Rajesh Touchriver:

Born in Kerala, he was a student in London, where his journey as a filmmaker all began. His debut film ‘In The Name of Buddha’ (2002) on the ethnic crisis then raging in Sri Lanka won him highest critical acclaim.

Making documentaries and short films on such social issues as human trafficking, HIV/AIDS and communal riots has made Rajesh an activist whose filmmaking endeavours are a mission, not a profession. His films give a glimpse into his intellectual musings.

If ‘Naa Bangaaru Talli’ (2013) is his biggest claim to fame, ‘Raktham’ (2017) is even more promising in terms of technical output as well as writing.

Recently, keeping with his socially-conscientious style, Rajesh has announced a new film titled ‘Nagali’, which, as the name suggests, is a drama on farmers’ plight.

Most recently, ‘Raktham’ has emerged the victor at the 2017 Indie Gathering in Foreign Drama Feature segment.

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