Starring: Sai Dharam Tej, Samyukta Menon, Ajay, and others
Director: Karthik Dandu
Producer: BVSN Prasad
Music Director: B. Ajaneesh Loknath
Young mega hero Sai Dharam Tej is coming after a long gap with the movie Virupaksha. The film is said to be a mystic thriller and it created interest among the audiences. The promos are intriguing as well. Karthik Dandu has debuted as the director of this film. Let us check out the review.
Surya (Sai Dharam Tej), along with his mother visits their village Rudravanam after a long time. He falls in love with Nandini (Samyuktha), the village’s sarpanch daughter. The village Rudravanam is not the same as they had seen. Some mysterious deaths happen in the village which links back to black magic and a 12-year-back horrific incident.
What is the incident? What is the truth behind the mysterious deaths? How Surya is linked to all these unsolved mysteries?
Sai Dharam Tej played his part very neatly. There is nothing much to complain about. This is his first film post-recovery and it is evident onscreen. He needs to shed weight. Keeping that aside, Tej must be commended for encouraging the director to make his role a part of the story and not incorporate any unnecessary heroism.
Samyuktha Menon has got a decent role. She does very good in the second half. Her role in the first half is mediocre though.
There are some notable faces like Sai Chand, Rajeev Kanakala, Ajay, Sunil, Brahmaji, etc., They have provided what was required for the movie.
Technically, Virupaksha is of top-notch quality. Be it the visuals or the cinematography, Virupaksha is excellent. Special mention should go to the sound design which played a huge role in the suspense factor. The VFX work is good as well. The production values are excellent. The editing could have been slightly better though.
Coming to debutante Karthik Dandu… he has done a good job in handling a mystic thriller in an effective way. He should be commended for extracting superb output from his technical department. The way he handled the entire second half deserves a pat on the back.
The first half starts on an interesting note and turns routine. The love track is a bore but the interval bang creates interest. The second half has all the stuff. The artists’ performances, and technical finesse worked well and the spooky moments will enthrall the audiences. Overall, Virupaksha will give you a decent mystic experience.