Krack is a 2021 Indian Telugu-language action film directed by Gopichand Malineni, who wrote the script with the dialogues given by Sai Madhav Burra. It stars Ravi Teja, Shruti Haasan, Varalaxmi Sarathkumar, and Samuthirakani. Produced by B. Madhu under Saraswathi Films Division banner and based on multiple true incidents that took place in the states of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana, Krack depicts the conflict between a circle inspector and a gangster.
Krack was released theatrically on 9 January 2021, and opened to positive reviews. Krack was commercially successful, grossing over ₹60 crore at the box office.
A BBC journalist arrives at a jail in Delhi to interview Saleem Batkal, a criminal convicted for Mumbai blasts, but Saleem demands money from the interviewer, which to their astonishment is just ₹50. Upon taking it, he tells that he rented a house that is ₹50 cheaper than the previous one due to a scuffle between the owner and broker. The house Saleem rents at Kurnool for passport verification with fake details falls under the jurisdiction of Shankar’s police station, where Saleem’s men have no influence. After a dramatic turn of events, he is caught by Shankar, who notices the details Salim gave are fake. When Saleem tries to warn about his background, Shankar beats him up and arrests him.
In Kadapa, Konda Reddy, a highly sadistic goon, occupies the land of a doctor. When Konda Reddy is in a meeting, a girl tries to pluck from a mango tree in his yard, for which he angrily unleashes his dogs upon her. The girl is injured and her mother files suit on him. The SP calls Konda Reddy, telling that this case might put Konda Reddy in trouble because it will be dealt by CI Shankar. Konda takes him lightly, but the SP insists him to meet Katari Krishna, who is in the central jail of Rajahmundry. Katari appears as a regular prisoner, but Konda Reddy is intrigued when he learns about Katari’s criminal record. Upon asking, Katari narrates his story that he rose to power by creating a bloodshed in Ongole, and is jailed later because of a nail.
Shankar is appointed as CI of Ongole, and meets constable Kiran, the son of a constable who used to work with Shankar. Jayamma, a close aide of Katari’s, has a habit of going to cinema on Fridays. There, she sees Katari’s daughter with Kiran, and gets him grotesquely murdered by appointing men from Vetapalem. Shankar investigates about the murder, while relishing his memories with Kiran. He finds out that Katari was accused for similar kind of murder a few years ago. At a village fair, Shankar goes to bring Katari to police station for enquiry, Katari warns Shankar of his background, which irritates Shankar and gets him arrested.
Katari is released when Jayamma gets him a bail, but they are stunned to know that his daughter married another police constable. That night at the cinema hall, her boyfriend’s leg is accidentally pierced by a nail, due to which Kiran drops her at the house. Unaware of this, Jayamma misinterprets Kiran to be her boyfriend. During their wedding reception, Katari’s wife requests the couple to leave the town to be safe. She, however, conspires to kill her daughter’s husband. Katari’s men attack them at the bus station, but Shankar saves them. A man caught there names Jayamma as the perpetrator. Knowing this, Katari asks his men to kill Jayamma, so that his name does not come out. Jayamma is killed by the time Shankar arrrives to arrest her. While chasing the killers, he shoots one of them, but accidentally kills an innocent bystander. Shankar is suspended, but during his private investigation, he learns that his associate Tilak had killed that innocent, as he was on Katari’s payroll. Shankar gets hold of all the evidence against Katari that Tilak has. Katari tries to warn Shankar by attacking his family, but his wife Kalyani, a former police officer, is able to defend them. Shankar rejoins his job and fights with Vetapalem gang members and kills all of them at the beach. And Shankar tracks down Katari to arrest him. Katari tries to escape by boarding a lorry, but its tyre gets punctured by a nail, and he is caught.
Now Konda Reddy makes sure that he does not use the word “background” in front of Shankar, and treats him with respect, but his assistant hurriedly comes and utters the word. Shankar thrashes him and puts him in the same jail where Katari is kept. Saleem, now transferred to that jail, tells them he is trying to seek revenge on Shankar. They both laugh it off.
Directed by Gopichand Malineni
Produced by B. Madhu
Written by Gopichand Malineni
Dialogue by Sai Madhav Burra
Starring Ravi Teja, Shruti Haasan, Varalaxmi Sarathkumar, Samuthirakani
Music by S. Thaman
Cinematography G. K. Vishnu
Edited by Naveen Nooli
Production Saraswathi Films Division
Distributed by Sri Sravanthi Movies
Release date 9 January 2021
Running time 154 minutes