Vikrant Rona is a 2022 Indian Kannada language action adventure thriller movie written and directed by Anup Bhandari. It stars Sudeep as the title character alongside Nirup Bhandari, Neetha Ashok, and Jacqueline Fernandez.
The movie was released in theaters on 28 July 2022 in Kannada along with dubbed versions in Hindi, Telugu, Tamil, and Malayalam. The movie received mixed reviews from critics, with praise for the cinematography, background score, production design, and action sequences, but was criticized for weak writing and unwanted songs. It became the fourth highest-grossing Kannada film at the time of its release. “Vikrant Rona.”
Vikrant Rona: Movie Synopsis
In the village of Kamarottu, located in Karnataka, Janardhan Gambira is a restless landlord who lives with his wife Santha “Shaku” and his brother Eknath. Janardhan’s friend’s son, Vishwanath Ballal, arrives in the village with his wife and two children, Aparna “Panna” and Mohanchandra “Munna”.
Vishwanath tells Janardhan that Panna is engaged to Rakesh and that he wants to arrange the marriage at their ancestral home Kamarottu, but Janardhan refuses as the house is haunted by Brahma rakshas. His son Sanjeev ‘Sanju’ who stole the jewelry from the village temple 28 years ago is to blame.
At night, Sanju arrives in the village from London, where he meets Panna, who, along with him, finds the decapitated corpse of a police officer named Suresh Krishna in a house well. After this incident, Inspector Vikrant comes to investigate Ron in the village where he tries to kill him but Vikrant manages to escape. After taking command, Vikrant reaches Kamarottu’s house, where he finds the dead policeman’s wallet with a ₹1 note after inspecting the well. Vikrant heads after the culprit into the forest where another attempt is made to kill him, but he manages to defeat the assailants who escape.
Vikrant tries to catch them but finds a child hanging from a tree and a watch belonging to Suresh Krishna. After inspecting the corpse, Vikrant finds a parchment on which is written: Gara Gara Gara Gaggara Jarba, Pira Nalkuri Netthara Parba, and a strange make-up on the corpse’s face. Vikrant learns that 14 children who are associated with the local school in the village, run by physical education teacher Lawrence Pinto, have also been killed in the same manner. Panna, fascinated by recent developments, decides to investigate the murders as well. This leads to him finding an old lady in a haunted ancestral house and Suresh Krishna’s head in a box.
The maiden asks about the old lady and she discovers that she is Nittani’s mother. Nittoni was the caretaker of the village temple who was framed by Janardhan and Vishwanath for stealing the temple jewels (which was done by Sanju) due to which Nittoni along with his wife and children: Madhava, Raghava, and his younger daughter were probably killed by the villagers, leaving Nittoni’s mother insane.
Vikrant learns that the place where the child was hanged is actually run by a smuggler, Moose Kunni. He brings him in for questioning, but to no avail. While wandering in the forest, Panna and Munna find a devil-like figure with an injury on his finger, holding his hands near a fire. She complains about this to Vikrant, but finds a similar wound on a finger on his hand, leading her to believe that Vikrant is the devil and might be connected to Nittani’s family. When she arrives at his house, she sees him dressed in a costume with strange makeup on his face, similar to the corpse of a child that has been hanged.
Vikrant arrives at Moose Kunni’s factory and beats up his workers, along with hanging and killing Moose Kunni. Vikrant meets Sanju and Virgo who question him about being a devil and his appearance in his house. However, Vikrant reveals a bigger fact about Sanju, shocking everyone. At night, another attempt is made to kill Vikrant, which again fails.
Vikrant deduces that Eknath has a connection with the killer based on the clue mentioned by Inspector Suresh Krishna on the ₹1 note. With Panna’s help, Vikrant learns that the parents of the dead children are actually classmates of Madhava and Raghava. They also discover that one dead body was not found at the time of Nittonio’s family’s death and deduce that Madhava is still alive and may be responsible for the murders. “Vikrant Rona.”
After meeting Lawrence Pinto, Vikrant deduces that Lawrence Pinto is actually Madhava and looks at the Shiva tattoo on his chest. At Kamarottu’s house, Madhava kidnaps Panna and Munna and brings them to the temple. Vikrant reaches the temple, where after searching through Madhava’s belongings, it is revealed that Vikrant is indeed connected to Madhava and has suffered a personal loss at the hands of Madhava because of this – who is on a mission to take revenge on the people who were directly or indirectly responsible for the mistreatment with his family because of their caste.
Madhava kills Vikrant and takes him to an underground tunnel where Panna and Munna are to be hanged. However, after regaining consciousness, Vikrant also deduces that Raghava is alive. When they arrive, it is revealed to everyone’s surprise that Raghava is actually Sanju. Raghava disguised himself as Sanju after catching and killing the real Sanju, for stealing the jewels from the temple when the villagers killed their parents and sister.
Enraged, Vikrant fights both Raghava and Madhava, resulting in the killing of Madhava and their grandmother, Nittani’s mother. Raghava fights with Vikrant, with Vikrant gaining the upper hand. He kills and throws Raghava into a waterfall, avenging his personal loss of losing his wife Renu and daughter Guddi at the hands of the two brothers. Panna and Munna are reunited with Vishwanath and Vikrant, with Vikrant keeping Sanju’s death a secret from Sakhu, as requested by Janardhan. Vikrant leaves the village hoping for another mission.
Vikrant Rona Ending, Explained: What Happened At The End?
About 30 years ago, Nittoni (Yogish Shetty), his wife, his mother, his young daughter, and his two sons, Raghava and Madhava, lived in the suburbs of Kamarottu. It is implied that they were of lower caste and lower class. The school principal urged Nittani to send his sons to school so that they could rise above their caste and class limitations.
But at school, Raghava and Madhava were routinely bullied by upper caste and upper-class kids. In fact, the general sentiment towards Raghava and Madhava attending the school was negative. So when Sanju stole the temple jewels, the villagers blamed Nittani and his family for it. They brutally beat elderly people and set their houses on fire. Raghava and Madhava ran away from it. The upper caste children broke Madhava’s teeth with pincers and caused Raghava to accidentally push his sister into the well, killing her.
Raghava and Madhava, like the rest of Nittani’s family, were presumed dead. They are not. They live in Kamarotta as Lawrence Pinto (Vajradir Jain) and Sanju (Nirup Bhandari). Both have been kidnapping and killing children and their ultimate targets are Panna and Munna (Siddu Moolimani). Why these children? Because they are the children of the villagers who aided and abetted the death of Raghava and Madhav’s father, mother, and sister.
So is grandma alive? Yes, and apparently he can teleport everywhere like a ghost. But why Vikrant Rona’s baby? Well, Vikrant used to be a resident of Kamarott and on that fateful night, he inadvertently supplied the tongs to the rowdy children which were later used on Madhava. And yes, it all unfolds in the temple where Raghava and Madhava try to kill Panna and Munna. Vikrant obviously stops the brothers and the grandmother.
Madhava is definitely dead. Grandma, I’m not so sure about that. We never see Raghava’s body. So, who knows? No, one stab won’t kill him. Vikrant received hundreds of stab wounds and was left as a boss. Anyway, that’s not the point. The thing is, apart from the problems of portraying the Muslim community, “Vikrant Rona” also drops the ball when it tries to portray casteism. Raghava and Madhava are apparently victims of a crime committed by a caste village.
However, by becoming literal monsters and killing children, they are objectively the worst characters in the film. They don’t get a redemption arc or a revenge arc. Vikrant, despite being on the side of the villains, gets the victory. Virgo welcomes him as a hero. And the ending suggests that Vikrant did the right thing. Just to set the record straight, no I didn’t. “Vikrant Rona.”