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Times of India
The story is about how a woman in distress takes shelter at a police station only to realise that the problem lies within its walls. Hankering for comedy-infused suspense that will only leave you to sympathize at the end, the movie is another attempt in the hit genre which fails to shine.
Richa Panai (Mythili) seeks shelter at the Anantagiri police station where cops do everything - play hide and seek, cook food and woo lady constable (Jyoti) – except enforcing law. The movie begins on an interesting note but ten minutes into it, you will realise that the movie is one of those low grade movies with a known cast. The plot is so clichéd and there is nothing to look forward to.
When Mythili and Ram (Nandu) elope from home to get married and are about to exchange garlands at Anantagiri registrar office, things take a turn that leads Patnaik (Supreet), who is a womanizer and a MLA’s son falls for Mythili. How Mythili and Ram unite at the end of the tale with the help from friends is what Rakshaka Bhatudu is about. The film’s poster’s reference to police men and Lord Hanuman dressed in police uniform is however could not be fathomed.
The performances are unattractive. Without much substance that binds the film together, the efforts of the team were in vain as the movie is below average. Brahmanandam, who emerges as the saving grace in the second half, tried his bit but didn’t get any help from his co-stars and the script.
Brahmaji, Supreet, and highly anticipated character of Kalakeya Prabhakar, are seemed like a waste of talents and Dhanraj, this time around, failed to tickle any funny bones as he is depicted as a shy and innocent cop. For people who enjoy sensible comedy, this film is not the one albeit there are a few moments scattered here and there that might make you laugh. Sampoornesh Babu, who makes an appearance as ‘Anji’ in the movie, is the only redeeming feature of the film.
Rakshaka Bhatudu is the story which lacks focus. Director Vamsi Krishna Akella, who had earlier directed movies such as 'Raksha' and 'Jakkanna', this time, has failed in terms of narration that would have been made a bit more engaging.
With lacklustre characters and prolonged unnecessary scenes, the treatment of the story lets you down. Music by Sekhar Chandra is forgettable and this movie has nothing except a engaging background score.
One can undoubtedly skip Rakshaka Bhatudu, if you look for a paisa vasool.