‘Razakar: Silent Genocide’ Movie Review

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Movie: Razakar

Release Date: 15-03-2024

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Banner: Samarveer Creations

Cast: Bobby Simha, Vedhika, Anasuya Bharadwaj, Anushya Tripathi, Prema, Indraja, Makarand Deshpande, Raj Arjun, Raj Sapru

Music: Bheemavaram Ceciroleo

DOP: Khushender Ramesh Reddy

Producer: Gudur Narayana Reddy

Director: Yata Satyanarayana

The film Razakar: Silent Genocide of Hyderabad has been directed by Yata Satyanarayana and produced by Guduru Narayana Reddy. The film features Bobby Simha, Vedhika, Anushya Tripathi, Prema, Indraja, and Makarand Deshpande in key roles. With promos and trailer the film created a lot of buzz for its hard-hitting content. Released on 15th March in theatres, let’s see what the film offers in the review.

Story:

The storyline centers around the actions of the Muslim militia known as Razakars, who were involved in looting and violence leading up to the state’s annexation by the Indian army on September 17th, 1948 led by then Home Minister Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel (Raj Sapru). It all started when India got its independence from British rule, Hyderabad which is a special state under the rule of Nizam the seventh (Makarand Deshpande) decides to stay independent and tries to form Turkisthan with militia called as ‘Razakars’ headed by Khasim Rizvi (Raj Arjun). The film aims to present a narrative highlighting anti-Hindu violence within the erstwhile Hyderabad state, with scenes depicting Razakars assaulting and disrespecting Hindus and dialogues advocating religious conversion, expulsion, or execution. The rest of the film explores how people revolted. Chakali Ilamma (Indraja), Pochamma (Anasuya Bharadwaj), Shantavva (Vedhika) and Raji Reddy (Bobby Simha) led the movement forms the story.

Performances:

Raj Arjun has done a great job as Kasim Rajvi and so has Bobby Simha as Raji Reddy. These two actors, who are the main faces of the film, have carried the film on their shoulders.

Vedhika, who plays Shantavva and Anasuya Bharadwaj who plays Pochamma, melt your hearts with all that they go through in the film. Indraja, Makarand Deshpande, and Raj Sapru as Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel lived in their roles. All actors come up with commendable performances.

Highlights:

Story

Performances

BGM

Highly Emotional Scenes

Drawbacks:

Lack Of Drama To Some Extent

Analysis:

Director Yata Satyanarayana comes up with an untold history with ‘Razakar’. He made an impactful debut with his first feature film as a Dircetor. The film perfectly captures the atrocities Nizam’s militia, Razakars carried out towards the people. They did unspeakable things to women, kids and men to convert the people into Islam forcefully. Watching those scenes will make the audience highly emotional. Director succeeded in deriving the emotion with such hard-hitting scenes. Though it runs high on emotions, the film seems like it lacks enough drama. 

Music is the soul of the film. Bheems Ceciroleo’s Background music has elevated every scene. Kushender Ramesh Reddy is the cinematographer of the film and his camera work is top notch. The making is wonderful and every scene is a visual delight. Producer Gudur Narayana Reddy has left no stone unturned when it comes to production values of the film. The film is high in production and technical values.

Rating: 3.25/5

Bottom-line: A Bold Attempt Executed In An Impactful Manner

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