RX100: Catches Speed Steadily

RX100: Catches Speed Steadily

Ajay Bhupathi’s RX100 has been in the news for its bold trailers and catchy music. Starring Kartikeya Gummakonda and Payal Rajput, RX100 did create decent buzz for it’s different concept. Has it lived up to the expectations?

Shiva (Kartikeya) is a rugged youngster who plays a henchman to a village group head Daddy (Ramki). Daddy works for a political leader (Rao Ramesh) and acts as the mainstay for his party. The leader’s daughter Indhu (Payal Rajput) comes to the village after completing her studies and instantly gets attracted to Shiva.

Shiva and Indhu turns lovers but there is a major twist in the tale. Shiva unearths many problems and his life takes a complete beating. What’s it that changes the course of their relationship? What makes Indhu move away from Shiva? Will Shiva reunite with Indhu? The final twists will answer these questions for you.

Director Ajay Bhupathi worked as an assistant to Ram Gopal Varma and we can see some trademarks shots in the film. He has picked a subject which is very raw, bold and intriguing. Though the initial moments take time to interest us, the movie progresses well with the runtime.

Kartikeya’s act is good in emotional and fight sequences. There is a major improvement from his first film Prematho Mee Karthik. The role of Shiva needed the lead to be rugged and powerful and Kartikeya does his job well. Payal Rajput has worked in Punjabi films and she impresses in RX100. One needs guts to play such a character and she does have it aplenty.

Rao Ramesh gets to deliver some interesting dialogues during the second half of the film and they are sure to get applauses in the cinema halls. Actor Ramki is seen after a gap in Tollywood and he delivers his good with ease. Comedian Giri is seen in a small role which had nothing much add to the plot.

Music by Chaitan Bharadwaj is very good. Especially Pilla Ra and Adire Hrudayam will stay with you. Cinematography is decent and the village locales are shot well. Editing could have been much better in the first half as few scenes can be chopped easily. With a runtime of around 152 minutes, RX100 manages to make you glued to your seats for most of the viewing. The film shall remind you of Prasthanam and the taking of Gangs of Wasseypur.

The bike RX100 travels with the lead almost throughout the movie. Going by the title, wish there was a connection added to the bike and the protagonist during the final moments of the film. Both, the bike and the protagonist face the same situation at the end (cannot reveal it), thus it would have been good to see a moment which showcases their connection.

It is a film which dwells on a subject which is still relevant in today’s age. Not all may find pleasure in viewing it and not all may like the plot, but the integral point which the film conveys needs to be seen and understood by all. RX100 has a few bold scenes and some gory action in it. If you are okay to gulp up the same, then you can watch the film to experience a point which hasn’t been showcased in Tollywood.

Rating: 3/5

Review by Sandeep Rao Kanukolanu (Sandy)

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