“RX 100.”… A generic angry young man’s generic love story, until a solid twist turns everything on its head

Posted on July 20, 2018

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Spoilers ahead…

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Shiva (Karthikeya Gummakonda), the hero of Ajay Bhupathi’s RX 100, is the kind of up-yours, super-macho man we’re seeing a lot, lately, in Telugu cinema. He’s built like a tree trunk — when he spreads his arms wide, he seems to be inviting birds to roost. He smokes weed and beats people up. Emotionally, too, he’s a toughie. Daddy (Ramki) reminds him — in a clunky bit of expositional writing — that he didn’t shed a tear when his parents died. Daddy took him in, and now, he wants Shiva to leave the village. But Shiva won’t. We aren’t given the reason right away, but it’s not hard to guess. It’s a girl (Indhu, played  by Payal Rajput). His love for her transformed him into mush in a way even his parents’ death couldn’t. And now, like Arjun Reddy, he pines for her. Is she someplace else? Is she dead? Is that what explains the song sequence where she vanishes every time Shiva tries to take her in his arms?

“My love is like the tide in the sea, which never stops,” Shiva says. We see what he means when we cut to a flashback. This Shiva is much milder. In the present, we witness an action sequence in a meat market where Shiva beats up an enemy with the dismembered head of a cow, and much later, he says things like, “My intestines should spill out with the stab of your knife.” But in the past, he resorts to violence only when Daddy orders him to — say, after an assassination attempt on Indhu’s father, Vishwanatham (Rao Ramesh, in good form). (This stretch is nicely staged, filled with local colour.) But at one point, when Shiva is beaten up by a gang trying to keep him away from Indhu, he offers little resistance. In fact, Indhu seems more of a “man” in these portions, as she takes over the traditional “hero duties.”

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