Raktanchal is a crime drama inspired by real-life events from the ’80s of Purvanchal, Uttar Pradesh, at the time when the state development work was distributed through tenders.
The story sets in motion, a clash for acquiring tenders with a political battle in the background, which unleashes a bloodbath in the city of Purvanchal. Vijay must overcome great personal odds to the beat Waseem Khan and become the tender king!
While Waseem Khan is a pure criminal, Vijay is a good man, who in spite of turning into an anti-hero, serves people as much as he can. The story sets in motion, a clash for acquiring tenders with a political battle in the background, which unleashes a bloodbath in the city of Purvanchal. Vijay must overcome great personal odds to beat Waseem Khan and become the tender king.
The show’s overall tone remains dark and unpredictable with barely a dull moment. Given the genre, the high-octane action mostly plays out through fierce gun fights and bomb blasts.
Apart from Khan and Singh, there are stock characters – a loyalist uncle, crooked politicians from opposing political parties, corrupt cops and so on. But hardly any of it surprises.
The likes of Anurag Kashyapand Ram and Gopal Varma have already familiarised the audience to the mafia world of India. Even web series like Sacred Games, Mirzapur and now Paatal Lok have contributed to the evolution of Indian screen gangster. So, with Raktanchal, director Ritam Srivastava hasn’t created anything which we haven’t watched before.
In fact, the clumsy treatment given to the story and how the actors approach their characters makes things worse. While Kranti Prakash Jha looks a bit convincing as the anti-hero, Nikitin Dheer doesn’t fit his part at all. Also, the over 30-minute long episodes feel long and never-ending.