Aarakshaka is a well performed, briskly narrated film with a good package of well shot song and dance sequences. You will be bowled over by Upendra`s handling of two entirely different roles, P.K.H.Doss`s cinematography as much as P.Vasu`s curious script with many unexpected twists and thrills.
The movie could easily boast to have one of the best scripts written in Kannada cinema in the recent times.
Aarakshaka is not a conventional film, but yet can captivate the family audience and fans who like out of the box ventures. The concept of the story is not to create fear in the audience, but to keep the curiosity levels intact. Vasu succeeds in this endeavour. There may be criticism that there are too many twists in the film which may confuse the audience till the climax sequence when everything is revealed.
Some feel that the film is inspired by Hollywood film Shutter Island.
The story is about Arun Kumar, a police inspector who is on a assignment to locate Stephen Raj, a witness to three murders. He doubts Raj is hiding in a mental asylum with the doctors` help.
Meanwhile, he tells Dr. Maya about his hunt for Stephen Raj who Arun feels might be responsible for his missing wife. In the hospital he finds an inmate who looks like him. You have to watch the movie to figure out the climax.
Upendra gives his best performance in the film and excels thoroughly in his mannerisms. His dialogue delivery is matchless. Raagini wins with her glamour quotient and proves that she is a good actress. Sada is apt for the role and looks decent. Aadi Lokesh is another actor who impresses. Shahi Shinde, Seetha and Rajesh were quite efficiently. Sharan is able to raise a few laughs.
P.K.H.Doss has shown his top class craft behind the camera. The shooting in many visually spectacular outdoor spots in Kerala adds lot of quality to the film`s technical content. Guru Kiran`s background music is good, but only two songs (`Kalli Kalli Kanna Haakidhe` and `Anna Hazaare`) are hummable. Editing by Suresh Urs is top class. Aarakshaka is an experimental film indeed, with lot of appealing elements and top class performance. The script and Upendra`s performance makes you to watch the film again.
Rating: Three and a half stars.