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Cast: Bellamkonda Sreenivas, Anupama Parameswaran, Saravanan, Rajeev Kanakala, Ravi, Kasi Vishwanath and others
Cinematography: Venkat C. Dileep
Editor: Amar Reddy
Action: Ram Lakshman, Vickey Master, Venkato
Producer: Satyanarayana Koneruc
Director: Ramesh Varma Penmetsa
Publication date: August 2, 2019
Bellamkonda Srinivas has released many movies in the last five years but he didn’t score a big hit. He has now tried a new genre to get noticed by the urban audience.
Let’s see if he succeeded in this image makeover?
A schoolgirl is murdered in the city of Hyderabad. Then more murders happen. A novice police officer Arun (Bellamkonda Srinivas) suspects that a sociopath is behind these murders.
His theory and method of investigation are admonished by his superior officer, but he continues to search for the killer. He becomes obsessive with the case when a personal loss occurs.
And what is the final twist and who is the real killer?
Performances by artists:
This is the second time that Bellamkonda Srinivas has played the role of a police officer after ‘Kavacham’. This time, however, he has played the part with a more understated approach. This is his better act among all his movies.
Anupama Parameshwaran as his lover is neat. Rajeev Kanakala gets a meaty role after a long time. All the other actors including Saravanan played their roles well.
These kinds of videos only click when the technical output is perfect. Ghibran’s musical background score and sound design even took the film to the next level. The sound is great. The production values are perfect.
Theme and storyline
Remake of a Tamil movie “Ratsasan”, Ramesh Varma directed “Rakshasudu” is faithful to the original movie. It is just as gripping as the original Tamil film.
The good thing is that the Telugu makers didn’t screw it up nor alter the original movie. It’s like a scene-to-scene replica. This actually worked in his favor.
Since we’ve seen Bellamkonda Srinivas in mindless action dramas, it’s a welcome change to see him act in a concept-based story that places more importance on the genre than on the hero’s action image.
Allari Ravibabu made a gripping serial killer thriller film called ‘Anasuya’ ten years ago. Since then, hardly a Telugu film has been made in this genre. This has created a new experience. In addition, the screenplay is quite interesting.
The movie starts off in a simple way, but it picks up when the hero gets involved in the initial murder investigation.
The pace continues to pick up when the hero and his team target a school teacher who suspects him of being a serial killer, which is very believable and told in a compelling way.
The movie then gets a little melodramatic, but the third act of the movie is what makes the movie a compelling watch.
The serial killer’s motive is also neatly explained. However, the serial killer makeup is pretty garish.
Despite some flaws and a weak romantic episode between hero and heroine, “Rakshasudu” doesn’t deviate from the baseline and aims to tell it in a genre-specific way.
If you have seen the Tamil movie, it may not impress you, but those who watch it in Telugu for the first time will surely grab you.
Bottom line: Gripping thriller