Rakshana Telugu Movie Review | Payal Rajput

Movie Name: Rakshana

Date of publication : June 7, 2024 Rating: 2.5/5

Starring : Payal Rajput, Shivannarayana, Maanas, Rajeev Kanakala, Vinod Bala, Anand Chakrapani

Director: Prandep Thakore

Producer: Prandep Thakore

Music director: Mahati Swara Sagar

Cinematographers: Anil Bandari

Editor: Gary BH

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Actress Payal Rajput’s police drama Rakshana hit the theaters today and the film is hardly promoted by makers due to internal issues. Let’s find out what it’s like.


Kiran (Payal Rajput) is an IPS trainee whose dear friend Priya commits suicide, but Kiran believes it is a murder. However, she finds no evidence that her friend’s death was a pre-planned murder. After a few years, Kiran takes charge as ACP, and comes across Arun (Maanas), a stalker, and tries to teach him a lesson. But Arun commits character assassination and tries to give Kiran a bad name. However, Kiran is least bothered by this and continues to investigate what kind of person the eve teaser is. One day, Arun commits suicide, and Kiran begins to believe that someone else is behind the stalker’s death. Will she cross the finish line?


Most serial killer movies don’t work because they fail to effectively convey the reason why the crimes are committed. But here in Rakshana, the character of the antagonist is neatly designed. We get to see plenty of the villain’s traits, and this adds depth to the proceedings.

The second half is watchable thanks to the investigation scenes in which the main character gets to the bottom of the case. Payal Rajput deviates from the regular glamor roles and is quite good as a cop. Her body language and screen presence fit the bill, and she makes many scenes watchable even when the writing isn’t strong.

Vinod Bala is supporting Payal well. Maanas leaves an impression with his captivating performance. Roshan who played an important role did full justice to his role.

Minus points:

Rakshana is technically a bad film. Most scenes lack lip sync and not enough care is taken in post-production. This significantly affects the viewing experience, and it is surprising how the creators could allow such a major flaw to permeate the final product, which is enough to change the audience’s perception.

The first half is poorly presented, giving the impression that you are watching an outdated film. The director really has some sensible thoughts, but they don’t translate well to the big screen. For example, Payal Rajput says women should not play the victim card and such actions will have dire consequences. This scene plays out in a flash without making any impact.

In the second half, all the dots are connected, and once the big reveal happens, the film becomes predictable and also stretched for no reason. The pacing is slow in many scenes and the editing crew could have shortened the length by 10 minutes. The dialogue is poorly written and some of it is unintentionally funny.

Technical aspects:

Mahati Swara Sagar did well and enhanced the impact of some tense moments with his pulsating score. Anil Bandari’s visuals are decent, but the film’s CGI is sub-par. As mentioned earlier, Rakshana has many scenes that don’t have lip syncing. The editing is sub-par, as are the production values.

Director Prandep has done his best in terms of story, but the same cannot be said about the execution. The first half is quite boring and the bad dialogue makes it even worse.


Overall, Rakshana is a crime thriller that only manages to grab our attention in a few scenes. Payal Rajput is very good in her role and the script has the potential to be a good investigative thriller. However, the disappointing execution, boring moments and technical issues prevent the film from being a satisfying outing. Rating: 2.5/5

Reviewed by the 123telugu team