Bellamkonda Sai Sreenivas, the eldest son of Bellamkonda Suresh, is desperately looking for a blockbuster hit in his career, after Jaya Janaki Nayaka. The actor, whose previous movie Sita did not fare as well at the box office, is now in a comeback mode.
The Tamil hit Ratchasan, starring Vishnu Vishal, was noted for its brave theme and great screenplay, involving a police officer who cracks the mystery behind multiple murders of children in his locality.
Sai Sreenivas picked up the movie and is now donning the role of the police officer in the Telugu version of Ratchasan, titled Rakshasudu. Rakshasudu is important for Sai Sreenivas to get back to his winning ways.
Cast: Bellamkonda Sai Sreenivas, Anupama Parameshwaran, Rajiv Kanakala
Direction: Ramesh Varma
Arun (Bellamkonda Sai Sreenivas) is an aspiring filmmaker. Fed up of the red tapism in the film industry, Arun joins the police service and works hard to be an excellent officer. He is appointed as the Superintendent Incharge (SI) of his locality. The city is aghast with the serial deaths of small school girls, abducted by a psycho and killed ruthlessly. As a filmmaker, Arun used to write scripts based on psycho killers. He now decides to take up the case and starts investigation. However, once he sets off on his job, he ends up in despair as all his prime suspects are not the culprits. How does Arun solve the case? This forms the crux of Rakshasudu.
As Rakshasudu is a remake of the eponymous Tamil movie, it almost remains faithful to the original. Arun and his exploits in decoding the case are worth watching. The director gives minimal dialogues to the lead and saves the best for the end.
Sai Sreenivas does a decent job as Arun, unlike his flamboyant self in his previous movies. As is his forte, Sreenivas also does the action scenes with ease. Anupama Parameshwaran as his love interest Krishnaveni, a school teacher, steals the show with her natural acting. She is a proven performer, who excels at dubbing for her role in Telugu.
All the other supporting characters do their job to the extent needed. Rajeev Kanakala, who plays the role of a police officer and the father of an abducted girl, Siri, expresses his emotions well in the movie.
The important aspect for any thriller to maintain the audience’s attention is the background music and Ghibran is a veteran in providing the required show. The suspense and mood of the movie are maintained to the maximum by his score, which soars at the end.
The director did fairly good justice to the original movie, Ratchasan. For those who want to watch a faithful remake of a successful movie, go for Rakshasudu this week.