"It's not yet decided who will play Suri in Rakta Charitra" - Ram Gopal Varma

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By Joginder Tuteja Bollywood Hungama News Network

Ok, so by now everyone is aware that Vivek Oberoi is doing the role of Paritala Ravi in Ram Gopal Varma's ambitious venture Rakta Charitra. However, there is also an increased curiosity about the actor who would be playing the role of Suri. A real life arch rival of Paritala who allegedly put together a death squad to gun down Paritala in order to avenge his father's and brother's deaths, Suri is presently lodged in Anantpur jail on trial for Paritala's killing.

There have been speculations that Manoj Bajpai has been roped in for the role of Suri. However, Ramu evades the question and plays a wait and watch game. .

"It has not yet been decided that who is going to play the part of Suri. But yes, his character is very integral to that of Rakta Charitra, especially in Part 2 of the film", informs Ramu who is making the film in two parts that would be released in January and April 2010 respectively. .

Revealing a little more about the way the characters of Ravi and Suri would shape up in Rakta Charitra, Ramu says, " Rakta Charitra Part 1 will predominantly deal with Ravi's rise and will end with the Rama Naidu Studio blast and the introduction of Suri. On the other hand, Rakta Charitra Part 2 will feature Ravi and Suri equally." .

While Paritala Ravi is the central character of the film, a man who was a rebel, a feudal lord, a Robinhood, a killer of hundreds and saviour of thousands, Suri isn't any less intriguing. .

"I have been following Ravi's rise to power since long, but I first heard of Suri only after the bomb explosion at Rama Naidu Studios. I was both amazed and chilled to see that even after being confined to a prison cell, how the fire of Suri's vengeance continued to burn unabated for 7 long years till he finally succeeded, armed with nothing but a severe desire to kill Ravi as his one and only weapon. I have met Suri in Anantpur jail and what I finally managed to piece together from all the various police records and eye witness accounts is the most fascinating story I have ever heard or could hope to hear in my life", says the excited film maker.