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Arakshaka Poster
Directed by P. Vasu
Produced by Krishna Prajwal
Written by P. Vasu
Starring Upendra
Ragini Dwivedi
Music by Gurukiran
Cinematography P. K. H Doss
Distributed by Udaya Ravi Films
Release date
  • 26 January 2012 (2012-01-26)
Country India
Language Kannada
Budget 4 Crore[2]
Box office 4.92 Crore[2]

Arakshaka is a 2012 Kannada Psychological thriller 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.[7]


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 Gurukiran
Released December 2011 (2011-12)
Genre Feature film soundtrack
Label Ashwini Media Networks

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

No. Title Lyrics Singer(s) Length
1. "I'm a Barbie Girl" Kaviraj Chaitra H. G.  
2. "Kalli Kalli" Upendra Srinivas, Shruti Tumkur  
3. "Kuch Kuch" Kaviraj K. S. Chithra, Vijay Yesudas  
4. "Rathri Yella" Hamsalekha Gurukiran, Akansha Badami  
5. "Thu Nan Makla" Upendra Kailash Kher  


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  2. ^ a b c "Upendra's Aarakshaka on Suvarna". 
  3. ^ Prakash. "Arakshaka Movie Review | Actor Upendra | Director P Vasu | Kannada Movie Reviews". Retrieved 2012-01-29. 
  4. ^ Sriram (2012-01-25). "Arakshaka Movie Review | Real Star Upendra | P Vasu Direction | ಆರಕ್ಷಕ ಚಿತ್ರವಿಮರ್ಶೆ | ರಿಯಲ್ ಸ್ಟಾರ್ ಉಪೇಂದ್ರ | ಪಿ ವಾಸು ನಿರ್ದೆಶನ - Oneindia Kannada". Retrieved 2012-01-29. 
  5. ^ "Upendra Plays Psychic in Arakshaka". Retrieved 2012-01-29. 
  6. ^ Prakash. "Actor Upendra | Arakshaka Box Office | Movie Collections". Retrieved 2012-01-29. 
  7. ^ a b Prakash (2012-07-03). "Sandalwood Half Yearly Report: Anna Bond biggest hit so far". Retrieved 2012-07-23. 
  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::". . 2012-02-05. Retrieved 2012-07-23. 
  12. ^ Prakash (2012-02-10). "Darshan starrer Chingari overpowers Upendra's Arakshaka". Retrieved 2012-07-23. 
  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
  15. ^ "Aarakshaka". 2011-12-28. Archived from the original on 10 January 2012. Retrieved 2012-01-29. 

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