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Arakshaka Poster
Directed byP. Vasu
Produced byKrishna Prajwal
Written byV. R. Bhaskar


Screenplay byP. Vasu
Story byP. Vasu
Ragini Dwivedi
Music byGurukiran
CinematographyP. K. H. Das
Edited bySuresh Urs
Udayaravi Films
Distributed byUdaya Ravi Films
Release date
  • 26 January 2012 (2012-01-26)
Running time
2 hours 40 minutes
Budget4 Crore[2]
Box office4.92 Crore[2]

Arakshaka is a 2012 Indian Kannada psychological thriller mystery film starring Upendra, Sadha and Ragini Dwivedi in the lead roles. The film is directed by P. Vasu. Krishna Prajwal has produced the film under Udaya Ravi Films. Gurukiran is the music director of the film.[3] Karnataka`s former CM and State Janata Dal President, H. D. Kumaraswamy released the audio of the film. The film is loosely inspired by the 2010 Hollywood film Shutter Island.[4]

Upendra has played a psychological role after a brief gap. He had last played such type of roles in his earlier psychological films like A (1998), Upendra (1999) which were directed by himself, and Preethse (2000).[5]

The film was released on 26 January 2012 and opened to positive reviews.[6] It turned out to be an average grosser but went on to achieve cult status later on.[7]


  • Upendra as Arun and Vishnu, twin brothers
  • Ragini Dwivedi as Dr. Nandini
  • Sadha as Catherine
  • Seetha
  • Shayaji Shinde
  • Sharan
  • Arasu Maharaj
  • Mysore Ramanand
  • Joe Simon
  • Venkata Rao
  • Cool Chinna
  • Rajesh Nataranga
  • Jyothi Muroor
  • Adi Lokesh
  • Vijaya Sarathi

Critical reception[edit]

Oneindia gave a very positive review to the movie saying, "Arakshaka is the best suspense-thriller made in the Kannada film industry in the recent years. P Vasu's script is the hero of the film, as it successfully creates suspense, sets authentic mood and makes you sit on the edge of the seat for the most part of the movie. Arakshaka is a psychological-murder mystery that keeps you guessing till the end".[8] Rediff also gave the movie a positive review by giving 3 stars out of 5 and said, "Aarakshaka is worth a watch. It will surely make people think a lot, but leave them confused. Director Vasu has succeeded in playing a mind game with viewers. Aarakshaka needs a lot of thinking and reasoning. Go for it with your thinking cap on".[9] also gave it a positive review by giving 3.5 stars out of 5 and said, "Aarakshaka boasts of out of the box story, watch it!".[10]

Box office[edit]

Aarakshaka witnessed an average of 80% occupancy in single screens and around 60% in multiplexes. In rural places the film got 65% occupancy on opening day. The movie made good collections during its four-day weekend. The film’s first week gross was 3.42 Crore despite little publicity.[11] However, the collections fell during the second week mainly due to the release of Darshan starrer Chingari.[12] The film’s second week gross was 1.5 Crore, bringing its two weeks total gross to 4.92 Crore, thus returning investment within two weeks.[2] The film turned out to be just a moderate success.[13] Aarakshaka was declared as an Above Average Grosser by Oneindia Sandalwood Half Yearly Box Office Reports.[7][14]

Sound Track[edit]

Soundtrack album by
ReleasedDecember 2011 (2011-12)
GenreFeature film soundtrack
LabelAshwini Media Networks

Gurukiran has composed 5 songs set to the lyrics of Kaviraj, Upendra and Hamsalekha[15]

1."I'm a Barbie Girl"KavirajChaitra H. G. 
2."Kalli Kalli"UpendraSrinivas, Shruti Tumkur 
3."Kuch Kuch"KavirajK. S. Chithra, Vijay Yesudas 
4."Rathri Yella"HamsalekhaGurukiran, Akansha Badami 
5."Thu Nan Makla"UpendraKailash Kher 


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  8. ^ Arakshaka - Movie Review
  9. ^ Review: Aarakshaka is worth a watch - Movies
  10. ^ Aarakshaka Review - Kannada Movie Review by V.S. Rajapur
  11. ^ "Arakshaka Rs.2.5 Crore Net in 8Days:Cinejwala: - .::No.1 Total Entertainment Portal::". . 5 February 2012. Archived from the original on 3 February 2016. Retrieved 23 July 2012.
  12. ^ Prakash (10 February 2012). "Darshan starrer Chingari overpowers Upendra's Arakshaka". Retrieved 23 July 2012.
  13. ^ P Vasu to direct Puneet Rajkumar | Original Story | Taaza News Archived 26 April 2014 at the Wayback Machine
  14. ^ ಕನ್ನಡ ಚಿತ್ರಗಳು: ಅರ್ಧವಾರ್ಷಿಕ ಸೀಳುನೋಟ - kannada movies first half 2012 - Oneindia Kannada
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