A cab driver goes on a killing spree in Hyderabad, which sends shock waves across the city. DCP Gautham tries his best to nab the criminal, but he doesn't make any progress. Finally, Sailaja, a psychiatrist, comes forward to help him solve the mystery behind the serial killings.
Movie Review :
Anukshanam is a watered down version of everything you expect from a slasher film, which explores the mind of a serial killer. It's also incredibly loud and monotonous in its approach; however, a gripping screenplay and short runtime saves it from being downright silly.
The film begins with an introduction to some of the most popular serial killers in the world and how such people exist in India as well. Soon, the story opens in Hyderabad, where a cab driver goes on a killing spree without any motive. He always targets women and takes great pleasure in killing them. Meanwhile, DCP Gautham (Vishnu Manchu) tries his best to solve the mystery behind the serial killings; however, he doesn't make any progress. Finally, a psychiatrist, Sailaja (Revathi) comes forward to help him and the rest of the story is about how Gautham nabs the serial killer.
The plot of the film is simple and RGV packs a punch in terms of depicting graphic content. However, beyond this shock-and-awe style of filmmaking, the approach doesn't quite camaflogue the mediocre script and for most part of the film, we are just shown how the psychopath kills the victims. RGV touches upon some of the facets of a serial killer like his obsession with death, publicity, fear and pain, but he conveniently skips the need to make him intelligent. Newcomer Surya, who plays the serial killer, does bring some amount of gravitas to his role but all his good work goes down the drain in the final moments of the film where he's reduced to just another average bloke.
Vishnu Manchu carries off his role as a serious cop quite well, although there are moments where a little amount of subtlety would have helped. It's a welcome change from all the action comedies that have dominated his career. Revathi plays another important role in the film, but despite her sincere effort, her role doesn't add much the drama. One of the biggest problems with the film lies in its final act which takes a convenient route to wrap up the proceedings. Considering the fact the RGV dealt with the mind of a serial killer, Anukshanam had so much potential to be a truly edgy film; however, it just ends up being loud and gruesome.