Verdict: Rakshasudu is a taut and edgy thriller that keeps you hooked.

After facing few failures in the recent times, Bellamkonda Sai Srinivas is now back with a remake of a superhit Tamil movie titled, Ratsasan. This thriller genre is first of its kind for Srinivas. Also, he is teaming up with director Ramesh Varma and Anupama Parameswaran for the first time. Among the rest of the cast, we have Saravanan, Vinod Sagar, Rajiv Kanakala, Vinodhini and Ammu Abhirami in prominent roles. Music director Ghibran, who did a great job with the original, works his magic again with Rakshasudu. Though Ramesh Varma has been in the industry for several years, he is yet to get that resounding hit. Will Rakshasudu revive their careers? Let’s see.

What’s Rakshasudu About:

Arun (Bellamkonda Sai Srinivas) is an aspiring filmmaker who wants to make a suspense thriller but gets rejected by every production house he meets. After a while, he gives up his dream and becomes a sub-inspector with the help of his brother-in-law (Rajiv Kanakala), who is also a police officer. As soon as Arun takes charge of his duties, the city is instilled with the fear of a psychopath, who is on a killing spree, targeting school-going teenage girls. How Arun finds the culprit using his directorial brains makes the rest of Rakshasudu.

What Works:

Rakshasudu is a competent thriller that has a taut style of storytelling. Bellamkonda Srinivas has never tested this genre before and is impressive as a cop in Rakshasudu who solves the case of gruesome murders. Anupama Parameswaran is apt in the role of a schoolteacher who later falls in love with the hero. Due to being paired together for the first time, there is a sense of freshness in all the scenes involving the lead pair. The serial killer has pulled off a terrifying act that sends chills down the spine. With Ratsasan having a universal appeal, director Ramesh Varma stayed true to the original and was successful in remaking the movie without losing its soul. Ghibran’s terrific background score, Venkat C Dileep’s slow-moving visuals, and Amar Reddy’s stylish editing are in sync throughout the movie and blend well to accentuate the tensed atmosphere.

What Could’ve Been Better:

While the momentum keeps gaining from scene to scene until the pre-climax episodes, an unexpected melodrama twists towards the final episodes might be a minor let down to an otherwise well-made thriller movie.

Why You Should Watch:

Rakshasudu is a highly engaging ride that keeps you surprising with splendid twists and turns. This is the best till date for Bellamkonda Srinivas and his work will definitely be appreciated by the audience. Rakhasudu is an absolutely entertaining watch for viewers craving movies in the thriller genre.