Suriya 'Rakshasudu' Review

Movie: Rakshasudu
Rating: 3/5
Banner: Eros International, Studio Green
Cast: Suriya, Nayanthara, Premji, Praneetha, Bramhanandham and Others
Music: Yuvan Shankar Raja
Cinematography: R D Rajashekar
Editor: Praveen K L
Producer: K E Gnanavel Raja
Story, Screenplay and Direction: Venkat Prabhu
Release Date: May 29, 2015

Tamil superstar Suriya's Massu Engira Masilamani is dubbed into Telugu as Rakshasudu. Directed by Venkat Prabhu this is a very different film from the usual commercial stuff. Let’s check out the story…

Masss or Madhusudhan and his friend are small time thieves, who end up having an accident one day. When he wakes up, Suriya realizes he can see ghosts all around him. But he decides to take advantage of this and comes up with a business strategy. Well, in the process he also meets his dad and what happens next forms the rest of the story.

Suriya’s stupendous performance is the major plus point for this horror drama. His stylish look is a big boon for the film and Suriya has slipped into both the characters with a lot of ease and enthusiasm. He demonstrates superb mannerisms in both these roles which are quite different to each other. Premji gets a meaty character and he sustained himself from going overboard this time. However a seasoned comedian would have made a world of difference to this character. Nayantara has not much to do. So does Praneetha. Karunas, Srimaan and others did well as the ghosts in distress. Parthipan is okay in a brief role. Samuthirakani is alright. Brahmanandam's scene appeals to the masses. 

Technical Aspects:
Venkat Prabhu has written a very complicated screenplay for this film. The film keeps on jumping from one genre to the other and keeps you guessing all the time. Despite the lows and loopholes this will be remembered as a creative film from the director.
Yuvan Shankar Raja gave a superb background score but his songs lack freshness. Lyrics are not so interesting. There are many lengthy scenes which could have been easily edited by Praveen KL.
Cinematographer RD Rajasekhar did a decent job with the visuals. Every frame looked stylish and a couple of songs were fabulous on screen. The production values are also good as the makers have not compromised on any segment of the movie.


Some scenes in the second half

Suriya’s ‘Rakshasudu’ is entertaining only in bits and pieces. The makers have ensured that it had all the commercial elements but failed to make it engaging for the audience. Given the fact that Suriya is a well established actor in Tollywood, due credit should be attributed to him for his bold decision in selecting an unconventional subject. Suriya’s fans will thoroughly enjoy this flick but for the rest it is an average affair.

Verdict: Different Attempt

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