Vikrant Rona Rating 1.5/5 & Rating
VICRANT RONA is the story of a police officer trying to solve a difficult case. A police officer named Suresh Krishna is stationed in the town of Kamarottu. He is mysteriously murdered. Inspector Vikrant Rona (Kichcha Sudeepa) is transferred to Kamarottu and ordered to take Suresh’s place. Vikrant arrives in Kamarottu with his daughter Guddi (Samhitha). The tire of his car bursts as soon as he enters the village. Vikrant begins investigating the murder of Suresh Krishna and learns that nearly 16 children have been killed in the city. The villagers believe the town is haunted and an evil spirit is behind these murders.
A parallel track in the film is that of Sanju (Nirup Bhandari). He is the son of Janardhan Gambhira (Madhusudhan Rao) and had fled Kamarottu as a child after being caught stealing gold from the village temple. He returns after almost 26 years. However, Janardhan does not allow him to enter his house. The other guest arriving in Kamarottu is Janardhan’s son Vishwanath (Ravishankar Gowda). He is visiting along with his daughter Aparna aka Panna (Neetha Ashok) and son Munna (Siddu Moolimani). Aparna’s marriage is fixed with a man named Rakesh and Vishwanath wants to finalize the marriage in her ancestral home. Janardhan initially refuses as the house, believed to be haunted, has been closed since Sanju stole the gold almost 26 years ago. Vikrant realizes there may be a connection between the murders and those of Janardhan’s family members. What happens next forms the rest of the film.
Anup Bhandari’s story is poor and revenge drama. Anup Bhandari’s script is confusing and unnecessarily stretched. The film has too many characters and most of them don’t have much to do instead of increasing suspicion or rather confusion, leaving viewers guessing who could be the culprit. The guessing game is not fun for the viewers. Rather, they are frustrated. Sanjay Upadhyay’s Hindi dialogues are nothing special.
Anup Bhandari’s direction is not up to date. To give credit where it’s due, the film is assembled on a massive scale and it has handled the grandeur very well. He also successfully brings out the eerie atmosphere. However, these factors cannot help to save a film. You have to identify with what is happening and cheer for the hero. Unfortunately, that doesn’t happen as you can’t connect to the plot. Several questions remain unanswered and certain developments are very stupid. For example, when Sanju and Panna see Vikrant in the murderer’s guise, it’s confusing why they don’t let their family members know about it? Also, it’s ridiculous that in a village where 16 children were slaughtered to death, the rest of the villages, instead of being careful, are instead cheerful, singing songs and living life as if everything is fine!
The Devil’s Rage – Gumma Banda Gumma | Theme song Hindi | Vicrant Rona | Kichcha Sudeep
Speaking of performances, Kichcha Sudeepa is in fine form and brings the necessary crowd element to the film. He looks pretty smart. Jacqueline Fernandez (Rakkamma) looks red hot. However, she is only there for one scene and one song, and Hindi viewers would be disappointed to see that she has such a limited role. Also, her character is that of a bar owner who also acts as a bar dancer, and that’s pretty silly. Neetha Ashok appears confident. Nirup Bhandari is decent. Samhitha is cute. Karthik Rao (Fakru) and Vajradheer Jain (Lawrence Pinto) are okay and try to generate laughs, albeit unsuccessfully. Priya V (Sanju’s mother) leaves a mark. Vishwa (Constable Tawde) and Ranjan Shetty (Constable Prajapati) are doing well. Madhusudhan Rao, Siddu Moolimani, Ravishankar Gowda, Ramesh Kukkuvalli (Eknath Gambhira), Dushyant Rai (Moosa) and Yogish Shetty (Nittoni) are fine. Milana Nagaraj (Renu) is nice in a cameo.
B Ajaneesh Loknath’s music is bad. ‘Ra Ra Rakamma’ stands out and is well choreographed and shot. ‘Rajkumari’ is based on an interesting idea but looks forced. The same applies ‘Devil’s Rage – Gumma Banda Gumma Theme’. “Hello Fakira” is nothing special. B Ajaneesh Loknath’s background score is tremendous.
William David’s cinematography is spectacular. The scenes are captured very well. VFX is top notch. However, the film is too dark. It will pose a problem in certain single-screen cinemas where the brightness is already low. A Vijay’s action is great. But the fights in Kichcha Sudeepa’s opening scene are the only ones that work well. The remaining scenes lack soul and are therefore not convincing. Also the challenging one-take-action shot in the climax doesn’t work for the same reason. Shiva Kumar J’s production design is excellent. Neetha Shetty’s costumes are stylish, especially those of Kichcha Sudeepa and Jacqueline Fernandez. Ashik Kusugolli’s editing is weak. The film should have been about 20 minutes shorter.
Overall VIKRANT RONA fails to impress due to the poor script, poor direction and lengthy length. At the box office, the Hindi version was released with limited fanfare and will therefore have a rough time.