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Movie Review: ‘Rajakiyam’ portrays student power in politics

“Naykudu seat ekkalanna digalanna oka students ke sadhyam autundi.” This powerful dialogue from a new short Telugu movie Rajakiyam reiterates that students could bring a leader to power or snatch his power.

We have recently witnessed two important incidents that would definitely become part of students history in Indian – Suicide of Rohith Vemula and issue of Kanhaiya Kumar.

A few months ago, suicide of University of Hyderabad research scholar Rohith Vemula in campus created ripples in politics across India. Later we have seen Kanhaiya Kumar being pushed into ‘anti-national’ campaign.

Both issues remained as hot political debates on national media channels for weeks, and both issues were raised in Parliament as well. This corroborates the message ‘Rajakiyam’ tries to convey. Don’t mess up with students!

‘Rajakiyam’ is not alone as a Telugu movie to convey this message. From 1990’s Nagarjuna starrer ‘Shiva’ to Naga Chaitanya starrer ‘Josh’ and Jiva starrer ‘Rangam’, numerous movies dealt with power of students within and outside campus.

These social themes based movies may not earn a big chunk of profit at box office, but succeed in connecting with young moviegoers and create an impact on the society.

Politics in India receives much criticism from various quarters of the society as it failed time and again to root-out evils. In many cases, politics itself proved as an evil thing.

It might be because of a Politician’s selfishness or innocence of youth. Bollywood hit movie ‘Raajneeti’, directed by Prakash Jha, is a worth watch.

Rajakiyam Story

Coming to the story of Rajakiyam, it deals within two political candidates of same constituency, who quarrels for a party seat in upcoming elections. To know, how students tie up with politicians and get deceived, and what they finally realize, watch it on YouTube.


Makers of Rajakiyam deserves applause for choosing a plot that easily connect with youth of this country, especially when their memories of Rohith-Kanhaiya are still fresh.

Technically, camera, background music and direction are close to a feature film in their standards. Especially, some camera angles puts the viewer in dilemma whether he’s watching a short film or a 70MM film.


While watching the movie, one can easily get distracted by improper lip sink in dubbing, and some characters were not played professionally.


If you watch, you may connect yourself with student power for sometime.

[Courtesy: Thanks Mukesh Kumar for your inputs.]

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