Ravanasura, Ravi Teja’s follow-up to his first Rs 100 crore film in a career spanning over 80 films, comes with high expectations. The fact that the star is also producing the film adds to the weight of expectations. It’s a significant film for Sudhir Varma, the director, who is renowned for his elegant and enjoyable thrillers.
The film’s opening titles depict Jaya Prakash, an employee of the pharmaceutical approval department, being brutally murdered (played by Sampath Raj). Nonetheless, the opening of Ravanasura is humorous as we are introduced to Ravindra (Ravi Teja), a young attorney who works for Kanaka Mahalakshmi (Faria Abdulla). The incisive Hyper Aadi plays his sidekick.
As the deaths pile up, it becomes clear that a few guys have been arrested while committing murders but have no recall of the incident. Even as he falls in love with Harika (Megha Akash), Ravindra takes on Sampath’s case. In the meantime, the case has been given to ACP Hanmantha Rao (Jayaram), who is two months away from retiring, by the commissioner (Murali Sharma). The ACP discovers numerous instances where accused parties assert that they don’t recall killing people. His research brings him to prosthetics expert makeup artist Saketh Ram (Sushanth).
The story and dialogue in this movie were written by Shrikanth Vissa, although Srijit Mukherji’s 2019 Bengali film Vinci Da served as its inspiration. To fit Ravi Teja’s persona and the expectations of the Telugu audience, the Bengali plot has been modified. Despite that, this is a clear tale about a vigilante hero who vows to avenge the murder of his family’s assailants. The plot is kept tight by depicting the hero, Ravanasura, as a villain who commits murder, kidnapping, and rape and declares himself to be bad. After the plot lines are revealed, we see that everything is being done to enhance the hero’s image and accommodate the larger budget following the recent Rs 100 crore success.
As usual, Ravi Teja gives the movie his all, but the plot doesn’t add anything new. The plot is not maintained by director Sudhir Varma, as action replaces mystery and suspense. Jayaram has the most significant role, aside from Ravi Teja, and he plays it wonderfully.
Even though the songs are common mass numbers, Harshvardhan Rameshwar’s background score is excellent. The cameraman does a good job of capturing the action on the glass set during the climactic scene. While appearing flawless on paper, Ravi Teja’s performance in the movie is most likely to be average.