Razakar Movie Review: Technically sound retelling of Hyderabad's tyrant past

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Razakar Movie Review: Technically sound retelling of Hyderabad's tyrant past

Razakar, a retelling of the bloodbath engulfed in Hyderabad owing to the tyranny of the Nizam rule, is directed by Yata Satyanarayana. The film is produced by Gudur Narayan Reddy and it hit the theaters today. Here's our review of the film.

Story: Razakar is essentially the narrative of the people who, prior to September 17, 1948, rose up in Hyderabad state, against the oppressive rule of the Nizam and the anarchy of the Razakars. The film covers the bloodbath that tarnished the social fabric of the state under the tyrant rule. 

How did the actors perform? 

The film has several worthy actors like Bobby Simha, Anasuya, Makarand Deshpande, Vedika, and others in the lead roles and they all deliver refined performances in their roles. Raju Arun does the job well in the important role. Tej Sappru looks authentic as Sardar Vallabhai Patel.

What about the technical finesse?

The first and foremost thing about the film that catches the attention is the technical finesse of the film. It has excellent visuals thanks to some brilliant cinematography and color grading. Ramesh Reddy's work behind the camera lens is very good. Music by Bheems adds to the intensity. 

The director Yata Satyanarayana picks a tough subject that has historical significance in Telangana's history and presents it in a fairly good manner. 


Razakar primarily centers around Mir Osman Ali's audacious and atrocious plan to retain his kingdom in Hyderabad by not merging it in India following he allotment of independence to India. He commissions Kasim Razvi, a militant to create terror amongst the Hindu community groups through bloodbath and eventually convert them to Islamic groups.

Being a culturally significant story, Razakar has a lot riding on it with the emphasis also riding on getting the facts right. The film is backed by good technical values and that adds to the intensity of the whole presentation.

The emotional core is alright as certain public sentiments and emotions are evoked to a good degree. But the problem is with the unfinished track and subplots which take a toll on the overall viewing experience.

The ending portion is the mainstay as it deals with Vallabhai Patel coming to the rescue of Hyderabad and ending the tyranny of the Razakars. This is the main high point of the film and it does the job well. 

Verdict: Razakar is a technically slick period action drama that is backed by fine performances and good technical values. The narrative is uneven with too many abruptly ended tracks. But as a whole, it can be watched for the cultural significance it packs.

Rating: 2.75/5