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Red Alert: The War Within is an Indian film that released theatrically in India on 9 July 2010.[1] The drama is based on the true story of Narasimha who gets caught up in a clash between police and Naxalites and is then forced to work with the latter.

Red Alert: The War Within
Directed byAnanth Narayan Mahadevan
Produced by
Written byAruna Raje
Music by
Star Entertainment Pvt Ltd
Release date
  • 19 July 2009 (2009-07-19) (Stuttgart Bollywood and Beyond)
  • 9 July 2010 (2010-07-09) (India)[1]
Running time
120 minutes[2][3]

Red Alert premiered at the 6th Stuttgart Film Festival in 2009.



Source for first 12 cast-members:[4] Characters per additional sources.


The Hindi-language film was dubbed into Telugu, Chhattisgarhi and English versions, with all four versions scheduled to be released the same day.[7] Rahul Aggarwal, one of the producers, said all the actors dubbed their English lines themselves.[7]

The film was originally scheduled to be completed and released in 2008.[8]


The film was not reviewed by a sufficient number of contributing critics to be rated at the review aggregating site Rotten Tomatoes.[9] Rachel Saltz of The New York Times said the film "seems torn between two storytelling modes: episodic with a documentary flavor and action-driven pulp. It makes a hash of both." She added, "For some reason [it] has been dubbed into heavily accented English for American release, adding an unnecessary 'What did he say?' level of difficulty."[10] Frank Lovece of Film Journal International echoed that, saying, the film "plays like one of those stiff historical drams that educational-film companies make for schools. Or in this case, an outsourced educational-film company."[6] Adam Keleman of Slant believed, "The unforgivable flaw of the film is its lack of subtlety, the way character detail and plot development is laid for us on a silver platter, never requiring the audience to ... fully engage with the intricacies of the lead character's internal and moral quandary."[11]


  • Winner, Director's Vision Award at the 2009 Stuttgart Film Festival[12]
  • Winner, South Asian International Film Festival Award for Best Actor - Sunil Shetty [12]
  • Winner, Stardust Search Light Award for Best Actor - Sunil Shetty


  1. ^ a b Red Alert: The War Within at Box Office Mojo
  2. ^ "Movie Synopsis: Red Alert: The War Within (Hindi)", (Philadelphia Inquirer/Philadelphia Daily News)
  3. ^ "Movies: Red Alert: The War Within (English)", The Miami Herald
  4. ^ Red Alert: The War Within official site: "Cast & Crew"
  5. ^ "Sameera Reddy as Laxmi in Red Alert – The War Within", H.S. Communications via, 27 June 2010
  6. ^ a b c Lovece, Frank. "Film Review: Red Alert: The War Within", Film Journal International, 8 July 2010
  7. ^ a b Adarsh, Taran. "Red Alert to release in four languages",, 6 July 2010
  8. ^ "Suniel Shetty to work in film on Maoists in 'Red Alert'",, 14 May 2008
  9. ^ Red Alert: The War Within at Rotten Tomatoes
  10. ^ Saltz, Rachel. "Maoists Rebelling in India", The New York Times, 9 July 2010
  11. ^ Keleman, Adam. "Red Alert: The War Within", Slant, 8 July 2010
  12. ^ a b Iyer, Meena (10 November 2009). "Suniel wins award for Red Alert". The Times Of India. The Times of India. Retrieved 5 July 2011.

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