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Khatarnak - Movie Review

By: Sandesh MS
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The movie makers of Kannada film industry have taken an initiation to create awareness among the people by making the films, which are based on real life incidents. After Veerappan Attahasa, Khatarnak is another biopic of the most wanted criminal, a psychopath and serial killer.

Umesh was former police constable turned serial killer, who terrorised Karnataka in late 90s. He used to attack houses where women stayed alone. He would tie the victim and allegedly rape them with the knife point. Umesh was also called as psychopath killer in the police records as he used to wear the women dress after rape. The crew had named the movie as Umesh Reddy initially. Later, due to the opposition from the Umesh Reddy's family, they renamed it as Khatharnak.

Though Khatarnak was declared as the biopic of the psychopath killer Umesh Reddy by the crew, the movie starts with the disclaimer which states 'Characters in the movie are purely imaginary and it is not targeted to any individual'. The plot mainly deals with the circumstances that led Umesh to become a criminal. Khatarnak has Ravi Kale and Roopika in the leads. It is directed by Malavalli Saikrishna.

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Apoorva (Roopika), a psychology student takes Umesh's character as a case study for her academics. She goes to his native, a small town near Chitradurga district and collect the information about his family.

What Makes Him Criminal?

She will also travel to other places to know more about Umesh, and analyse the circumstances that turned him into criminal.

Criminal Are Made Not Born

Khatarnak mainly deals with the concept that says 'Criminals are made not born'. It also shows the incidents that motivates him to commit mistakes.

Poverty Leads Umesh To Commit Crime

The movie also says that poverty is the main reason, which makes a mother to motivate her son to commit crime in his childhood.

Role Of Mother Is Very Important

Khatarnak conveys the message that the role of a mother is very important in giving bright future for the child.

Ravi Kale

Ravi Kale is an actor, who gets into the skin of the character. He is the real Umesh Reddy in his acting.

Roopika Is Not A Victim Of Umesh

As the movie stills portrayed, Roopika is not a victim of Umesh Reddy in the story. Roopika's character is bold and challenging.


Malavalli Sai Krishna is successful in bringing the real circumstances that made a common man Umesh Reddy, a psychopath, a serial killer and a rapist.

Supporting Roles

Sharath Lohitashwa and stunt choreographer Ravi Verma have done a good job as tough cops, who puts an end to crimes. Shobha Raghavendra, Bullet Prakash and Sadhu Kokila are promising in their roles.


It is one time watch. Go for it if you are daring enough to watch such bold movies.

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