Directed by Ramgopal Verma, Anukshanam stars Vishnu Manchu, Madhu Shalini, Navdeep and Tejasvi Madivada in the lead roles.
Directed by Ramgopal Verma, Anukshanam stars Vishnu Manchu, Madhu Shalini, Navdeep and Tejasvi Madivada in the lead roles. less
“Anukshanam is engaging with an interesting theme and good performcance but has several flaws and loopholes in its narration. A One time watch for who want a break from the recent flood of masala movies. ”
'Why do serial killers kill in the night?' 'Because they find it easier to escape attention in the dark', replies the apparent expert on Behavioural Sciences who has spent half her life researching them. That in short is the tale of Anukshanam, a psychological thriller, so ridiculous, you'll burst out laughing from time to time.
The movie starts with a series of killings. A cab driver, who has a penchant for talking in a baritone voice, for no apparent reason, but with fabulous hair, I must ad, is the psycho killer. Gautam(Vishnu Manchu) is the Special forces ACP on the case. Revathy plays a psycologist who volunteers for the case(hammer banging alert - Special forces on such a high profile case do not have their own experts to profile the killer). Meanwhile, there is some unnecessary comedy by Brahmanandam, which is so cringeworthy, I must warn you not to eat popcorn in the hall, because if you have, you will puke them out.
Then there is a home minister track who interferes with the investigation just because the cab drivers' union leader is upset with him(hammer banging alert - wasting time on politicians' beliefs - is that really needed for anything except for wasting time?). Eventually, this funny serial killer decides to become famous after he watches the psychologist's interview on TV and what she tells about famous serial killers in USA. That is probably about her only role in the story.
The serial killer, who exposes his dumbness at every juncture, first by using a victim's credit card to buy a handycam, then by going to an internet cafe to upload a video and later by allowing a victim to make a phone call from his favorite-killing spot to her mother(why suddenly that mercy, you might want to ask Ram Gopal Varma) continues on his gory killing spree. There are no scenes about investigations, no scenes on killer profiling and absolutely nothing on how the ACP plans to catch the killer - just loud jarring background score, now typical of Ram Gopal Varma's movies, combined with the allegations of a news reader who is so annoying on TV, the serial killer decides to kill her too. The movie could get over in 1 hour 15 minutes but lo and behold, Ram Gopal Varma is not happy with how dumb, he shows the cops to be. So they outdo their own lousy efforts and lose him.
All in all, it is a laughworthy attempt at making a movie on a serial killer, where the Vishnu's intense expressions and Ram Gopal's creepy, annoying angles acccentuated by the background score, do nothing to expose the story that is wafer-thin, without any research whatsoever. Anyone who has watched TV series like Hannibal or True Detective, will find himself/herself tortured at the sheer stupidity of the dialogues, the flow of the movie and the way a serial killer is depicted. So much for making a serious movie!