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Red Alert: The War Within (2009)

An impoverished cook is forced to join a band of Naxalites.

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Cast

Credited cast:
Sunil Shetty ... Narasimha
Sameera Reddy ... Lakshmi
Ashish Vidyarthi ... Velu
Vinod Khanna ... Krishnaraj
Naseeruddin Shah ... Naga Reddy
Seema Biswas ... Saralaka
Ayesha Dharker ... Radhaka
Makrand Deshpande ... Raghavan
Ehsan Khan Ehsan Khan ... Inspector Krishna A. Rao
Bhagyashree ... Uma
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Amar Adatia ... Tarmash
Gulshan Grover ... DIG Rathod
Zakir Hussain ... Grah Mantri
Aditya Lakhia
Deep Raj Rana
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While delivering food in a forest area in Andhra Pradesh, impoverished Narasimha is held against his will by a band of Naxalites led by Velu, and forced to join them. He is anxious to collect his dues and return home to his wife, Uma; daughter, Chinna; and son, Mohan, but Velu keeps on putting it off. Narasimha gets to know and sympathize with members of this band, and befriends Lakshmi, who was gang-raped by several policemen. He is then asked to prove his loyalty by killing an informant/plainclothes police inspector - which he does - and even accompanies the band on an assault on a school, resulting in the death of some children. Traumatized after this incident, he decides to flee - and it is this decision that will not only estrange him from his family but also force him to be on the run from the band as well as the police. Written by rAjOo (gunwanti@hotmail.com)

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Language:

Hindi

Release Date:

7 July 2010 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Lonavala, Maharashtra, India

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Star Entertainments See more »
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An Honest Effort...
19 December 2010 | by namashi_1See all my reviews

Ananth Narayan Mahadevan's 'Red Alert: The War Within' is an honest effort, that has some engaging moments, and a stellar performance by Sunil Shetty. However, the writing in the second hour lacks the bite.

'Red Alert: The War Within' tells the story of a common man caught in a movement. The Common Man struggles to fight with the Naxalites and the Police. It's a journey that is filled with bloodshed and cruelty, but the commoner still survives it.

Ananth Narayan Mahadevan has made an honest film in all respects. 'Red Alert: The War Within' is arguably his finest film as a storyteller. His work truly deserves brownie points. Screenplay by Aruna Raje, is super in the first hour, but lacks the bite post-interval. Also, the culmination doesn't leave any impact. How one wishes if these minuses could've been worked on!

Performance Wise: Sunil Shetty is the life of the show. The once-known bad actor, delivers an amazing performance from start to end. He gets into the skin of the character. This truly ranks amongst the finest performances of recent times. Vinod Khanna is excellent in a brief role, while Seema Biswas shines in a strong supporting role. Sameera Reddy is alright. Ashish Vidyarthi, Makrand Deshpande, Bhagyashree, Gulshan Grover & Ayesha Dharker are satisfactory. Nasseruddin Shah hams in a tiny role.

On the whole, 'Red Alert: The War Within' surely deserves a watch for the sheer honesty it's been made with, and also for the performances it packs in, especially by it's leading man.


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