CBFC Rating : UA
Run-Time: 2 Hrs 29 Mins
Release Date: 02-08-2019
Banner: A Studios, Havish Productions
Cinematography: Venkat C Dilip
Editing: Amar Reddy
Story, Screenplay: Ram Kumar
Producers: Satyanarayana Koneru, Havish
Directed by Ramesh Varma Penmetsa
Arun (Bellamkonda Srinivas) is an aspiring Director but unable to get an opportunity to become a police officer out of the pressure by his family. A Psycho killer is at loose in the city brutally murdering school girls after abducting them. How Arun traces and catches him with the help of Krishnaveni (Anupama Parameswaran) forms the rest of the story.
Bellamkonda Sai Srinivas did a challenging role in Rakshasudu and come up with his career-best performance. He perfectly suits the role of a fit young police officer and maintains the much-needed intensity throughout the movie. Bellamkonda Srinivas has put in his best efforts and the scene in the second half with Rajeev Kanakala stands out as an excellent example for it. He carried the role with much confidence and apparent ease.
Anupama Parameswaran played the role of a teacher and did well in her character, which helps in story proceedings. She looks good in traditional attire. Rajeev Kanakala did a vital part and shone in it.
Saravan who did the role of the Psycho killer deserves a special mention for his performance. Some of the other key characters do their bits from the original and are as good here as they were in the original.
Drags A Bit In The Second Half
Rakshasudu is a thriller that involves a Psycho on a killing spree. Director Ramesh Varma made it engaging with a taut screenplay. Adding Family and love elements to the narration made it more emotional. Ramesh Varma succeeds in setting the right tone at the start itself. Once the investigation gets initiated, the film moves into the mode of an edge of a seat thriller. The roadblocks and surprises are properly rolled into the narrative to give us a thrill as a viewer.
The latter half continues to engage with exciting twists and turns of events. The way the hero finds the culprit and the process is well written and structured like a classic thriller. Though the second half gets dragged a bit at times, it is the thrilling elements that keep us hooked till the end. Everything seems to fall in place entirely. The flashback and climax portions could have been better in that they could have been a bit short. Once we know the twist and are shown all the cards, it would have been better to wrap up things fast.
Re-recording by Ghibran stands as one of the major highlights of the film. The haunting background score intensifies the on-going proceedings and gives the edge of the seat effect. Dialogues by Sagar are a faithful translation from the original, and he took special care in retaining the ‘original’s’ essence in Telugu. The cinematography by Venkat C Dilip is impressive. He sets the right mood for the genre. Editing by Amar Reddy is sharp and crisp. It helps in getting a racy narration, which is required for this film.
Producers Koneru Satyanarayana and Havish deserves applause for backing and sticking to make an engaging thriller without going for any commercial elements. They have not tampered with original and are successful in generating the feel of the original again.
Bottom line: Brilliant Nail-biting Thriller