Rabhasa (English: Passion) is a 2014 Telugu action masala film written and directed by Santosh Srinivas. It was produced by Bellamkonda Suresh and Bellamkonda Ganesh Babu for Sri Lakshmi Narasimha Productions and features N. T. Rama Rao Jr. and Samantha Ruth Prabhu in lead roles with Pranitha Subhash in an extended cameo and Nassar, Jayasudha and Brahmanandam in key roles. S. Thaman composed the music for the film. While Shyam K. Naidu handled the cinematography; Kotagiri Venkateswara Rao provided the editing for the film. Director V. V. Vinayak provided voice-overs for a few sequences in the film.
The story revolves around US return student Karthik, who pledges to marry his uncle Dhanunjay’s daughter Indu, which was his mother’s wish. A small family feud ends with both the families getting separated. He joins Indu’s college to convince her to marry him but mistakenly assumes Bhagyam is Dhanunjay’s daughter. Later, Karthik realizes that Indu is his cousin, but she is already in love with another man. He gets entangled in a risky situation when he tries to help a stranger. The rest of the story is all about how he controls the damage and fulfills the wish of his mother.
The film was launched on 13 February 2013 in Hyderabad. The principal photography started on 2 August 2013 at Banjara Hills in Hyderabad. The majority of the film was shot in Annapoorna Studios, Ramanaidu Studios, Ramoji Film City, and the outskirts and suburbs of Hyderabad, while substantial parts of the film were shot in Jaipur and Pollachi. After shooting a song in Switzerland, the film’s shooting came to an end on 23 July 2014 in Hyderabad.
The film released in theaters worldwide on 29 August 2014, the eve of Vinayaka Chathurthi, to mixed reviews from critics, with most of them labelling it as a regular mass film. It was also dubbed in Hindi under the title The Super Khiladi 2 by Goldmines Telefilms. Andhra Box Office reported that the film collected a distributor share of about ₹27.75 crore (US$4.3 million) in its lifetime run and declared it a disaster at the box office.
Karthik (N. T. Rama Rao Jr.) returns to India after completing his graduation in the United States, and his mother (Jayasudha) decides to get him married to her brother Dhanunjay’s (Sayaji Shinde) daughter Indu (Samantha Ruth Prabhu). When Karthik’s father (Nassar) goes to Dhanunjay’s house to ask the same, he gets insulted. Dhanunjay plans to be a mayor and Karthik decides to teach him a lesson and marry his daughter. Firstly, he kills the possibilities of Dhanunjay becoming a mayor. Later he joins Indu’s college to somehow convince her for the marriage, where he encounters Bhagyam (Pranitha Subhash) who falls in love with him whom he misunderstood as Dhanunjay’s daughter. Conflicts arise between Karthik and Indu. By the time he comes to know that Indu is his cousin and not Bhagyam, he has broken up with Bhagyam because of Indu’s revenge.
Karthik ends up challenging Dhanunjay, who then approaches a gangster Obul Reddy (Ajay). Indu acts as if she loves Karthik so that she can escape from there and find her lover whom she never saw. That person helped her friend elope with her lover on the night of her marriage and neither Indu nor that person knows each other’s features and looks. On seeing Karthik’s photograph, Obul Reddy asks his whereabouts as he was that person who helped his brother’s fiancée who actually was Indu’s friend who eloped with her lover that night. Meanwhile, Karthik and Indu escape from there and on learning her love story, Karthik decides to help her and gives up his word given to his mother. Meanwhile, Karthik saves Peddi Reddy (Jaya Prakash Reddy) from Gangi Reddy’s (Nagineedu) men and Indu poses as Karthik’s lover who eloped with him as her parents did not approve their marriage and also a gangster is looking for them. As an act of gratitude, Peddi Reddy takes them to their house where they are kept in safe custody. But shockingly they find out that Obul Reddy is Peddi Reddy’s son and Indu’s friend actually was Gangi Reddy’s daughter.