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Virupaksha Review: A decent thriller with a climax of its own

Virupaksha Review: A decent thriller with a climax of its own

Authored by S S l Moviesarkar Updated Apr 21, 2023, 1:34pm

Sai Dharam Tej, Samyuktha Menon, Sunil, Ajay, Rajeev Kanakala, Abhinav Gomatam, Sai Chand, Soniya Singh, Syamala and others.

Music: B. Ajaneesh Loknath
Cinematography Shamdat Sainudeen
Editor: Naviv Nooli
Story and Directed by: Karthik Varam Dandu
Screenplay: Sukumar
Producer: BVSN Prasad

Sai Dharam Tej’s Virupaksha hit the screens on Friday (April 21). Directed by writer turned director Karthik Varma Dandu and screenplay written by ace director Sukumar, the film has generated interest among the movie buffs in general and thriller lovers. Let’s see if the movie lived up to expectations.

Set in a remote village called Rudravanam, Virupaksha is a story of strange incidents that happen between two pushakrams celebrated every 12 years in the village in 90s. The story starts with the brutal killing of a well-off couple accused of practicing black magic by the villagers. Their son is spared and admitted to a hospital by the villagers. Twelve years later, Surya (Sai Dharam Tej) and his mother visits the village which is the latter’s paternal village to attend a festival of the local deity. Surya falls in love with sarpanch’s daughter Nandini and at the same time a strange death occurs in the village which is forced to lockdown to ward off the evil. More deaths occur and the village goes into the grip of supernatural elements after one of the villagers violates the lockdown. Answers to who is behind the deaths, what happened to the couple’s son and if Surya was able to save the village forms the rest of the story.

There is nothing new about the main plot of the story but the way the it is presented is refreshing and engaging on the whole.
First half of the movie feels a bit slow as the love track between the lead pair and occurrence of mysterious deaths are shown. The way each person dies is shown in a chilling manner. Most of the story except for the climax is predictable. The story is neatly woven and the way hero unravels the mysteries is good. The climax is one of a kind in Telugu cinema. Music by Ajaneesh Loknath is good but not remarkable. It could have been much better. The makers revealed that Ajaneesh was selected after watching Vikrant Rona but his work for Virupaksha is not even close to it. Cinematography is decent.

Sai Dharam Tej did well in the role of Surya. He is not as enthusiastic as Karthik in Karthikeya but does not believe in supernatural power until his sister dies suspiciously. Tej’s performance was decent and there is more scope for him to do well. Samyuktha Menon did a decent job as a village girl although her appearance doesn’t suit the character. She plays a key role in the movie. Rajeev Kankala did not fit well in the role of village sarpanch and Sunil’s role as his brother was limited. Ajay as Aghora, Anchor Syamala as Tej’s sister, Brahmmaji as a doctor, Soniya Singh and others did a decent job.

What’s good
Pre-climax and climax
Chilling deaths

What’s bad
Lag at some portions

Bottom line
A decent thriller with a climax of its own


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