Movie Review: Razakar The Silent Genocide of Hyderabad


Despite the fact that India gained independence in 1947, the princely state of Hyderabad waited an additional year to decide about joining the country. 

 The film's story is about the countless atrocities that the common populace had to endure in that one year under Nizam's tyrannical rule, the bloodlust of the fanatical private militia - the Razakars, the tales of valour of the fighters who rebelled against great injustice, and the monumental effort of Sardar Patel - the Iron Man of India - to liberate the ravaged region of Deccan from Nizam's clutches.


The screenplay traces the atrocities of the Razakars in several villages and how different local leaders came forward to saefeguard the simple folk from the tyranny of the oppressors who were bent on conversions and punishing those who didn't follow their orders witg dire consequences.

The film is raw especially in the scenes of torture that are vividly captured. The scenes certainly drive home the suffering the populace went through.

All the actors do a good job especially the sadistic razakar marshal Rizvi ( Raj Arjun) and the nizam (Makrand Deshpande) who instil fear with tbeir presence. Vedhika and Bobby Simha as Emmaji Raji Reddy make a mark in the scenes they appear in. Tej Sapru as Sardar  Patel is every inch the man of steely resolve. Thalaivasal Vijay, John Vijay , Anasuya, Tarak Ponappa and several others make up the cast and shine with their performances. The brave female warriors are shown in an inspiring light in several scenes.

The climax portions are gripping when relief comes to the populace. Watch out for the end credits which list out the names of the patriots who fought for the people, and the making of the movie. 

On the flip side,  the bgm is constant and could have been toned down a few decibels. Also,  the torture scenes though moving, are overshadowed by melodrama in few places. The details likes place and characters names appearing on screen disappear too fast to be read fully.

Kudos to the art  camera, editing and direction teams for pulling off a film on such a large scale, with multiple scenes involving so many groups of artists. The costume department has done a superb job as well, adding credibility to the scenes. The songs are well presented with choreography reflecting that era. The  action sequences too deserve mention.

Overall, Razakar is a moving historical  action drama that takes you back in time, throwing light on  a subject rarely shown on celluloid before.  

In theatres now. 

Rating 3/5

Razakar (Tamil)

Produced by - Samarveer Creations LLP

Released by - Hansa Pictures

Cast - Bobby Simha, Tej Sapru, Makarand Deshpande, Raj Arun, Vedhika, AnnusriyaTripathi etc

Music - Bheems Ceciroleo

Cinematography - Kushendar Ramesh Reddy

Edited by - Tammiraju

Directed by -Yara Satyanarayana

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