Cast: Kartikeya, Payal Rajput, Rao Ramesh, Ramki
Director: Ajay Bhupathi
There are no stars in RX 100 and Ajay Bhupathi makes a bold debut as a director by breaking quite a few Tollywood rules. Tamil actor Ramki of Sindhoora Puvvu fame returns to Telugu films after many years.
Viswanatham (Rao Ramesh) is elected ZPTC president of Atreyapuram with the help of his friend Daddy (Ramki). Shiva, who rides a Yamaha RX100 bike, is Daddy’s right hand man. Viswanatham’s daughter Indu (Payal Rajput) returns to the village and seduces Shiva who falls in love with her. Indu promises Shiva that she will discuss their affair with her father.
Viswanatham and Daddy meanwhile fall apart. After a few days, Indu’s marriage gets fixed with an NRI. Shiva tries to stop the marriage and gets beaten up by Viswanath-am’s goons. Indu leaves the village, Shiva goes mad waiting for her. The real story begins now.
Director Ajay Bhupathi said he was inspired by a true incident to write this different love story. He narrates this rather bold story in a realistic manner and comes up with a new idea to end the film.
The first half is focused on the love story of the lead pair, which Bhupathi handles aesthetically. The story starts in the second half and reaches new territory in the last 40 minutes. It is only at the end that the viewer understands why Bhupathi spends so much time on the romance in the first half.
Except Rao Ramesh, RX 100 has no experienced actor and the credit goes Bhupathi for his full confidence in his story and his cast.
Kartikeya plays the lead role in his second film, and performs like a pro. He comes as a big surprise. He has two shades to his role and he does them with ease. Payal Rajput has a great debut in Telugu. She is outstanding in the crucial 40 minutes.
Rao Ramesh takes the film to new heights, he has shown his range as an actor with every film. Like his father Rao Gopala Rao, Ramesh’s strong point is his dialogue delivery. RX 100 marks a good comeback for Ramki in Telugu, and he gets a meaty role. Much of the supporting cast is new, and do credit to themselves.
Raam captures the locales well, the film was shot entirely in Atreyapuram and Rajahmundry. The background score by Simran is one of the assets. The dialogues are also well written.
There are a few shortcomings too. The action scenes are prolonged. The scenes between Payal Rajput and the grandmother are not too nice. Ramki’s outfits do not mesh with the surroundings.
Before heading off to the theatres, remember the film is rated ‘A’.