Exploitation of the proletariat by the capitalist bourgeoisie has been triggering factor for the greatest social revolutions across the globe, right from El Porfiriato in Mexico to the Great Proletarain Cultural Revolution in China. India is no stranger to revolutions. Social revolutionaries belonging to the extreme ‘left’ have played a significant role in keeping the flame of revolutionary change alive.
The question that has plagued us generation after generation ‘Is violence and killing for 'social revolution' justified? How is killing for revolution different from murder? This fiery turbulence that engulfs Anand when he is on a morally tasking mission is the core of the film ‘Raktham’ - The Blood. Inspired from the 1949 French play ‘Les Justes’ by Albert Camus, Rakhtam delves deep into the ideological and moral dilemma of murder and revolution portrayed by Anand, the main protagonist who is torn between his poetic heart and revolutionary mind when confronted with the passion to execute his task for a larger purpose and the politics surrounding the situation.
Raktham gives its audience an insight into the mind of a moaist. Like a great piece of art, the movie does not conclude or judge the protagonist’s actions as right or wrong. On the contrary, they are left for the audience to decipher through Anand and his accomplices who play the devil’s advocate, propelling and at times compelling the audience to reconsider its stance.
Does Anand succeed in his task? Or does his humanness take over his rationality?
‘Raktham’-The Blood, directed by mutiple award winning Director Rajesh Touchriver and produced by eminent human rights activist Sunitha Krishnan is a bold statement on the perception of revolution and social change. The film revolves around incidents that has happened in India, but audience sitting anywhere in the world will be able to link the similarities to their country. Interestingly nobel laureate Albert Camus’s French play ‘Les Jestes’ was based on the memoirs of a social revolutionary published in 1921, and ninety years later the plot has not changed anywhere in the world!