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| 26 January 2012 (2012-01-26)|Arakshaka Wikipedia
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. 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.
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).
The film was released on 26 January 2012 and opened to positive reviews. It turned out to be an average grosser.
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". 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". Nowrunning.com 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!".
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. However, the collections fell during the second week mainly due to the release of Darshan starrer Chingari. 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. The film turned out to be just a moderate success. Aarakshaka was declared as an Above Average Grosser by Oneindia Sandalwood Half Yearly Box Office Reports.
Gurukiran has composed 5 songs set to the lyrics of Kaviraj, Upendra and Hamsalekha