Verdict: Hits the bullseye.

An IT Engineer from Infosys, Rahul Sankrityan, quit his job to fulfill his passion of making movies. He made his directorial debut with a thriller in 2014, titled ‘The End’, featuring all newcomers, mostly his company colleagues. Four years down the line, he is back with a supernatural comedy thriller, Taxiwaala, starring Vijay Devarakonda, the current heartthrob of Telugu cinema. Bankrolled by Geetha Arts and UV Creations, the setting seems pitch-perfect for Rahul. Let us see how the film fares.

What’s Taxiwaala About:

Fed up of doing odd jobs, Shiva (Vijay Devarakonda) buys a vintage car and becomes a cab driver, associated with Ola. In no time, he develops friendship with a girl named Anusha (Priyanka Jawalkar), who takes a ride in his cab. Shiva starts experiencing spooky incidents inside the car and shares the same with his friends. Hell breaks loose when the ghost in the car kills one of the passengers. Who is the ghost and why is it using Shiva’s car forms the rest of Taxiwaala.

What Works:

Taxiwaala scores high on technical aspects. Vijay Devarakonda’s one liners and the realistic conversational style are a huge plus. Contrary to the general high-octane mood of the movie, Vijay made sure he didn’t go overboard in his act. The guy who portrayed Hollywood steals the show with his comedy. While Priyanka Jawalkar makes an impressive debut, Malavika Nair makes a late entry and plays a meat character well. Director Rahul Sankrityan has stuck to the genre without any unwarranted deviations. Sai Kumar Reddy’s writing and screenplay do the trick. Sujith Sarang’s camera work is laudable and the movie is equally complemented by beautiful locations and wonderful art work. Sreejith Sarang’s played it right on the editing table. Jakes Bejoy strikes an emotional chord with an outright classy album boasting a couple of melodies and cinematic numbers. His background score adds as a catalyst to this horror thriller, which eventually makes a fantastic fun ride. Geetha Arts and UV Creations make no compromise in delivering a product with rich technical values.

What Could Have Been Better:

While the movie remains realistic in its treatment throughout, a few scenes seem a little stretched in the later part of the second half. However, barring this minor aberration, Taxiwaala has the novel story and is unique while compared to the other horror thrillers you may have seen.

Why You Should Watch:

Taxiwaala is well up your alley if you enjoy movies that try to break the stereotypes. Go ahead, buckle up and get on this thrilling roller coaster ride.