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Aaptharakshaka - 2010 DD 5.1 DVD $19.99

Aaptharakshaka - 2010 DD 5.1 DVD

Kannada superstar Vishnuvardhan's 200th and last film Aptha Rakshaka stormed the box office ever since its release. The film released in nearly 120 screens across Karnataka. The film has grossed nearly Rs. 5 crores in just four days of its release. The film's gross is more than Rs. 40 crores net in 100 days. Aptha Rakshaka replaced Mungaru Male, which was the highest grosser in Sandalwood so far.

Aptha Rakshaka, the sequel of Apthamitra (which was remade in Tamil as Chandramukhi with superstar Rajinikanth in the lead), is directed by P. Vasu and Gurukiran has scored the music. Coincidentally, Soundarya who starred in Apthamitra, passed away in a plane crash a few days before its release in 2004 and now, Vishnuvardhan passed away before the release of the sequel.

Movie : Aptharakshaka
Year : 2010
Cast : Dr. Vishnuvardhan, Vinaya Prasad, Sandhya, Vimala Raman, Bhavana, Lakshmi Gopalaswamy, Komal Kumar, Srinivasa Murthy, Ramesh Bhat
Music : Gurukiran
Direction : P. Vasu
Producer : Krishna Kumar (Krishna Prajwal)
Censor Certificate : U
Release Date : February 19, 2010

Aptharakshaka is Sequel to the 2004 blockbuster film Dr. Vishnuvardhan's Apthamitra

DVD Features:

  • Anamorphic Widescreen Enhanced (16:9) DVD
  • English Subtitles
  • Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround
  • DVD Text
  • Jacket Picture
  • NTSC - All Regions
  • Interactive Menus of Songs & Scenes for Easy Access


Aptha Rakshaka, late Vishnuvardhan's 200th film, had created much hype and curiosity. The good news is that it is justified.

The Kannada sequel to Aptamitra fins Dr Vijay (Vishnuvardhan) on a mission to solve the mystery of Nagavalli again. While in the Apthamitra, Vijay is instrumental in ridding his friend's wife of the Nagavalli syndrome, here his assistance is sought to save a family in Mysore.

It's been five years since Nagavalli made her presence felt and as the film's title itself suggests, there can be no better protector than Vijay to stop her. When acharya Ramachandra Shastri (Avinash) realises that the crux of the family's problem lies in the beautiful painting of court dancer Nagavalli, he turns to psychiatrist Vijay for help.

The painting won by Saraswathi (Laksmi Gopalswamy), one of the three daughters of the family, affects just not her life but those of her sisters as well.

Nagavalli has returned we know, but it's the how and why that keeps us on the edge of our seats. Like in Apthamithra, here too there are more than one suspects and we are kept guessing till the end.

The first half is racy. Even though the style of introduction of all the main characters remind you of Apthamitra, this one is done in a more comical way. Vishnuvardhan's introductory song and the comic give and take between him and Komal stand out in the first half.

The second half is a treat to all Vishnuvardhan fans as they get to see him play more than just one role. He essays the part of Vijay Rajendra Bahadur, a cruel king, apart from another character, which going by the spirit of the film, we leave you to discover. The make-up artiste has done a good job with his look.

New face Vimala Raman makes an entry in the second half. She, supported by actor Vineeth, puts on a good show. Sandhya, who plays Lakshmi's sister contributes significantly to the mysterious plot. Though Bhavana does minimal talking, she conveys well through expressions. Vinaya Prasad, Ramesh Bhat and Sreenivasamurthy make for a good supporting cast.

The back and forth narrative technique used is worthy of mention too. Also shots coupled with Gurukiran's background score succeed in creating the desired affect. Though a few bits are inspired, the background music is apt and catchy. The songs are well placed but not as foot-tapping like those of Apthamitra.

Chamundi Thaayi.., Vishnu Vardhan's intro song includes digital imagery and comes with a message. Chart topper Ra Ra.... has been included in the film too. Dances by Vimala and Lakshmi are graceful.

The film also has punch dialogues. You'll also find Vishnuvardhan directly addressing his fans. The science versus superstition debate tackled in the conversations between Avinash and Vishnuvardhan. Location and costumes add to the plot. The use of graphics is seen throughout the film.

In short, Aaptharakshaka reminds you of the great talent that the Kannada industry has lost in Vishnuvardhan. This one is a must watch.

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Douglas DB
Monday 25 March, 2013
Aptharakshaka Kannada

Starring: The late Dr. Vishnuvardhan, Vinaya Prasad, Sandhya, Vimala Raman, Bhavana, Komal Kumar, Avinash,
Lakshmi Gopalaswamy, Srinivasa Murthy, Bhavana, Ramesh Bhat, Rajesh, Suja
Director: P. Vasu
Producer: Krishna Kumar
Music Dir: Guru Kiran
Lyricist: Kaviraj
Singers: S.P. Balasubrahmanyam, Gurukiran, Shamita Malnad, Rajesh Krishnan, Nanditha, Lakshmi Nataraj, Karthik
Distributor: Moserbaer
Genre: Horror, Comedy, Romance

1. Omkara Abhinaya
2. Chamundi Taayi Aane
3. Kabadi Kabadi
4. Gharane Ghara
5. Rakshaka Aptharakshaka

Released Year: 2010
Running Time: 150 minutes/Colour/Kannada

Vishnuvardhan as Dr. Vijay / Vijayarajendra Bahaddur
Sandhya as Gowri / Nagavalli (present)
Vimala Raman as Nagavalli (past)
Avinash as Ramachandra Acharya
Lakshmi Gopalaswamy as Saraswathi
Komal Kumar as Dr. Srinath
Bhavana as Neetha
Vinaya Prasad as the mother
Srinivasa Murthy
Ramesh Bhat as the father
Rajesh as Veera Sena

I have not written a synopsis for this film, as the one on the website is perfectly adequate, and a more detailed version is available on Wikipedia. This is a ?must watch? film. I first watched the 2010 Telugu remake, ?Nagavalli?, and only watched ?Aptharakshaka? for the first time today. From the story-line, it does not seem to be the sort of film that might appeal to everyone. In this modern scientific age, we tend not to believe in the supernatural, nor in people being possessed by evil spirits. Yet that is what is shown in the film. But please read on!

In brief, the story is about a family with three girls, of whom the elder sister, Saraswathi (Lakshmi Gopalaswamy) is possessed by the evil spirit of a court dancer, Nagavalli (Vimala Raman) of a hundred years previously, who was loved by a king, Vijaya Rajendra Bahaddur (Vishnuvardhan). But she was in love with Ramanatha (Vineeth). When the king found out, he beheaded Ramanatha, and burned Nagavalli to death. Now her spirit has come back again (there was a previous film ?Apthamitra? 2004 ? based on this story), and has possessed Sarasthwati, who can appear as a thirty-foot long serpent. The family call a snake-charmer, but the serpent kills him. Then they call a priest, Ramachandra Acharya (Avinash), and a psychiatrist, Dr. Vijay (Vishnuvardhan). We now have the friendly conflict between the old ways and beliefs, and modern Medical Science. There, I?ve done it ? I?ve given you a synopsis!

I enjoyed this film much more than the Telugu version. It is more light-hearted, and there is quite a lot of comedy, particularly by Dr. Srinath (Komal Kumar). The acting of everyone is superb. This was the 200th film starring Vishnuvardhan, the last film he made. He completed the dubbing before he died on 30th December, 2009, but the film was not released till 19th February, 2010, so he did not get to see it ? but what a fitting tribute it is to a great actor. One of his songs has a giant ?200? behind him. Avinash is superb as the priest. Vinaya Prasad as excellent, as usual, as the mother of the girls, as is Ramesh Bhat as their father. The girls are all good in their different roles, particularly Sandhya.

The songs are good, fitting in with the story. My particular favourite was the comic song ?Kabaadi, Kabaadi?, with everyone playing Kabaadi. So many films include Kabaadi a ?game? with two opposing teams. I?ve never quite been able to work out the rules, because they seem different in every film featuring the game. It can be extremely violent, or very funny as in this film.

5 stars

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