Virupaksha is an Indian Telugu-language supernatural horror mystery film released in 2023. The film was directed by Karthik Varma Dandu, who also co-wrote the screenplay in collaboration with Sukumar. Jointly produced by B. V. S. N. Prasad and Sukumar, the movie was brought to the audience under the banners of Sri Venkateswara Cine Chitra and Sukumar Writings.
Virupaksha Telugu Movie 2023 Cast, Plot Music, & Release
Virupaksha features a talented ensemble cast including Sai Dharam Tej, Samyuktha Menon, Sunil, Rajeev Kanakala, Brahmaji, Ajay, and Ravi Krishna in significant roles. The film was released on 21 April 2023 and received predominantly positive reviews from critics. Additionally, it achieved great success at the box office, further establishing its impact and popularity among the audience.
In the year 1979, Venkata Chalapathy practices black magic in his house in the village of Rudravanam. However, an angry mob accuses him of causing the mysterious deaths of children in the village. The mob sets his house on fire, resulting in the tragic deaths of Venkata Chalapathy and his wife. Before their demise, Chalapathy’s wife curses the entire village, predicting its destruction in the twelfth year.
Fast forward to 1991, Surya returns to his hometown Rudravanam with his mother and a friend to attend a festival. However, they discover that the village is under lockdown due to a villager’s death at the temple, sparking fear of the curse. The village priest imposes an eight-day lockdown, prohibiting anyone from entering or leaving the village and forbidding any religious rituals to take place during this period.
|Real Name||Role Name|
|Sai Dharam Tej||Surya|
|Rajeev Kanakala||Harishchandra Prasad|
|Kamal Kamaraju||Venkata Chalapathy|
|Archana Ananth||Surya’s Mother|
Sai Dharam Tej
Sai Dharam Tej delivers a standout performance in this captivating mystery action film, supported by a talented ensemble cast including Rajsekhar Aningi, who also portrays pivotal characters in the movie.
Sai Dharam Tej, Samyuktha Menon, Sunil, Rajeev Kanakala, Brahmaji, Ajay, and Ravi Krishna take center stage in the film, showcasing their exceptional talent and delivering captivating performances that elevate the cinematic experience.
Popular character artiste Ajay will be seen in a crucial role of an Aghora in Virupaksha.
The captivating visuals of the fictional Rudravanam village were brought to life through the stunning landscapes of Araku and Paderu, located in the scenic surroundings of the erstwhile Visakhapatnam district. Director Karthik Varma skillfully utilized these picturesque locations while crafting the screenplay for the film. Furthermore, the haunted house and the sarpanch’s house were meticulously built sets in Hyderabad.
The film score and soundtrack are composed by B. Ajaneesh Loknath. The first song “Nachavule Nachavule” was released on 24 March 2023, while the second song “Kalallo” was released on 17 April 2023.
Virupaksha premiered in theaters on 21 April 2023, marking its grand debut in the Telugu language. With its overwhelming success, the film was subsequently dubbed and released in Hindi, Tamil, and Malayalam languages on 5 May 2023, allowing a larger audience to enjoy its captivating storyline. The digital rights to the film were acquired by Netflix, ensuring its availability on the popular streaming platform.
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|Box office||₹103 crore|
|Dialogues by||V. Prabhakar
|Directed by||Karthik Varma Dandu|
|Edited by||Navin Nooli|
|Music by||B. Ajaneesh Loknath|
|Produced by||B. V. S. N. Prasad
|Sri Venkateswara Cine Chitra
|Release date||21 April 2023|
|Running time||146 minutes|
|Story by||Karthik Varma Dandu|
Virupaksha has received critical acclaim, with reviewers praising its captivating story and the directorial prowess of Karthik Varma Dandu. Sangeetha Devi Dundoo of The Hindu commended the film’s production design, editing, and cinematography, acknowledging the remarkable contributions of Srinagendra Tangala, Navin Nooli, and Shamdat Sainudeen respectively.
Neeshita Nyayapati of The Times of India applauded the film’s meticulous craftsmanship, emphasizing its ability to immerse viewers in its intense atmosphere, inviting them to explore the depths of the characters beyond the surface level.
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