Among the short films being released this week, the film that gained prominence with the title “Rakshasa Kavyam”. The film, which started as an independent film, was released theatrically by the producers. Let’s see how this film, directed by Sriman Keerthi, impressed the audience with the concept of Rakshasatvam born for divinity..!!
Story: Ajay (Abhay Betaganti) and Vijay (Anvesh Michael) are both brothers. Losing their mother at a young age, they grow up to be thieves because of their alcoholic father. If Ajay’s personality is to see good in bad, Vijay’s character is to think that evil should win over good. “Rakshasa Kavyam” is a collection of conflicts between Ajay, who has become evil to do good, and Vijay, who has become an extreme intellectual to rule evil.
Performances: Anvesh Michael of “Kotta Poradu” fame dominates everyone with his screen presence. Anvesh entered the interval and was impressed with his performance throughout the second half. Anvesh Michael is an actor who has a good scope to grow, but should choose some better stories Abhay Betaganti’s second attempt to establish himself as a hero (the first attempt was “Ramaiya Youth”, also self-directed) also failed. He thought it was okay to be a boy who steals but..
Gully, who commits murders, is not impressive as a leader. The rowdyism of Taluk was not seen in Abhay’s body language but in his gestures. He needs to grow as an actor more than a hero. Senior actor-cum-director Dayanand Reddy once again lived in a negative role. Dayanand did not miss the opportunity to show his acting talent in any scene.
After all of them, actor Pawan Ramesh was impressed with his gestures. Ramesh’s expressions & dialogue delivery in the character of Chaitanya, a student, delivered good fun. In fact, the reason why the movie went a bit further is because of Pawan Ramesh. Yadamma Raju, Vinay Kumar, Kota Sandeep, and others have done justice to their roles.
Technicality: Cinematographer Rishi Konapuram should be talked about first. Rishi has succeeded in providing a quality film to the audience technically. Some of the framing & lighting are new. The way the difference between good and bad is implicitly shown with yellow light instead of bright light is nice. Also, Rishi succeeded in showing the concept of good in bad and bad in good. Rajiv-Srikanth’s songs and background music are impressive. The production design & artwork looks flawless.
And when it comes to director Sriman Keerthy.. He chose a good concept as the origin story and was a little careful about the screenplay. But.. in the composition of the scenes that lead the story, he was a fool. Ajay’s character seems okay to some extent, but the way Vijay’s character has been shaped has been badly messed up. No matter how much support Anvesh Michael gave to the role with his performance, the role could not work due to ineffective logic. No matter how stupid the character is.. When the audience can’t connect to the emotion of the character, even the hero is a villain.
If not.. The way things like mother’s sentimental scenes & how the film affects people is good. Especially. Bored of seeing the influence of Pawan and Mahesh Babu in all the movies, Nagarjuna Siva’s movie was shown in this movie, and felt relief. Sriman Keerthy, who scored good marks as a director, failed to impress as a storyteller.
Analysis: An actor like Anvesh Michael, introduced another good artist to the industry by giving her a chance to show her talent on the silver screen.
Verdict: A different concept (Raakshasa Kaavyam) movie, good quality content.. just the right story & characterizations, or failed to entertain the audience.