Senseless Glamorization Of Serious Activism
‘A’ Certified, 2 hrs 25 mins
What Is the Film About?
Alivelu (Payal Rajput) is on a mission to help promote government policies (regarding condom usage and prevention of AIDS, etc.). Siddhu falls in love at first sight and follows her in her activity until she reveals about her goal to meet CM. What is the issue she wants to tell CM, and what happens with her love is the basic story?
How Is Paayal Rajput, Tejus Kancherla’s Performance?
Tejus is a likeable presence. He carries his part well, which doesn’t require any heavy-duty acting. But because there is no real screen presence or proper character given to Tejus, he feels absent from our mind whenever there is no requirement for him on screen. And that would be a big gap, some times. Overall, it would be a forgettable fare for Tejus as an actor.
Direction by Shankar Bhanu?
It takes a special talent to narrate two-thirds of a movie with no real progress in story or nothing to show at all. Shankar Bhanu is that ‘talent’ but unfortunately, he has nothing ‘special’ content-wise to hide the absence of story and still make us engaged in the narrative.
The entire first half is dedicated to social activism. Of course, it happens through double meaning entertainment, which is where the first teaser comes from. It works in parts, initially, but soon we get a feeling of things getting overdone. The narrative goes on and one from cause to others with no purpose or sense of story, at all.
It is only towards the pre-interval mark that we get a hint, and then the subsequent interval leaves us confused. The latter doesn’t add to wait eagerly for the second half. It is only so due to the forceful and needless placement of a particular block at that point. Otherwise, a scene involving the CM, which is supposed to be the core point of the movie is executed so underwhelmingly that all the interest in the second half seems lost.
At the start of the second half, we are introduced to a new character and finally hope the movie gets on track. However, an entire new clichéd plot is developed that further drives away the narrative from its core point.
The way the proceedings lead courtesy the principal antagonist in the second half is far more disastrous than the first half. The purpose seems to be creating situation leading to skin show and titillation instead of focusing on the pressing issue at hand. We do finally get to it, but that is in the final half an hour of the movie.
The problem showcased is a genuine one and deserves attention. It is a change from the usual we have got lately. But, sadly, again once the flashback is done, we are back to mundane proceedings with no head and tail. The flashback only looks like a further set up for the narrative to take off. It doesn’t, however, and the whole thing is wrapped up in a hurry at the last moment.
There are no proper arcs, there is no change in characters from start to the conclusion, the issue is solved hurriedly, and the justice is delivered (involving a CM) through voiceover at the title cards. All this at the end, while most of the film is dedicated to the sexually provocative talk and imagery.
It makes RDX Love an utterly forgettable fare. If Paayal Rajput is all that you want to see, wait for the video songs or the clips to arrive. It doesn’t warrant a theatrical visit unless watching the same on the big screen is a priority.
Payal Rajput and Others?
Payal Rajput, undoubtedly, is the star of the show. The entire movie rests on her to take off. While the movie doesn’t do that, she does with her glamour show. The whole purpose of the film seems to be objectifying her as a desirable object, and that is served at crucial moments. They arrive in succession in the second half. However, be warned, there is nothing here that you would have already seen in her debut.
Apart from the lead pair, there is no proper development of any character. They are all bits and pieces parts which include some familiar faces like Nagineedu, Adithya Menon, Chammak Chandra, Vidyullekha Raman, Thulasi, and Naresh etc. Among these Adithya Menon overacts to the hilt and comes across as irritating.
Music and Other Departments?
The music by talented Radhan is below par except for one song. The cinematography is neat. The editing is also okay. The dialogues by Parashuram is ordinary. They are cringeworthy for the cartoonish character of Adithya Menon.
Core issue related to Voters seen in Percentages
There are many films made on a similar line in recent times. Here either, the flashback fizzles out, or the current part (within the narrative) doesn’t work. These storylines deserve grand treatment perhaps like a Citizen (starring Ajith) or other Tamil biggies which take social cause backdrop and deliver an engaging narrative.
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