S Shyam Prasad
Film: Shiva 143 Director: Anil Kumar TM Cast: Dheeren Ramkumar, Manvitha Kamath, Charan Raj, Shobraj, Avinash, Chikkanna, Sadhu Kokila
Duration: 2 hours 23 minutes Rating : 3/5 ***
Gore, blood and crushing bones are all in ample measure in this unusual action-romance. At its soul however, it is a love story and could have done well even without much of the bloodshed. The overload of carnage throughout the film numbs the extraordinary climax a bit. The ‘A’ certificate is richly deserved. Otherwise, this is an uncommon love story, the likes of which we have not seen in a long time.
Shiva 143 is an official remake of the Telugu film Rx 100 and the launch vehicle for Dheeren Ramkumar, the son of Ramkumar and the grandson of Dr Rajkumar. Dheeren makes it a memorable debut and has good screen presence and acting prowess to last the long run. He looks like a young Raghavendra Rajkumar with a shade of Sri Murali thrown in. The genes show up.
The film starts with a vengeful Shiva (Dheeren) trying to destroy anything and everything that belongs to the local politician Narasimha (Avinash). His foster dad Appajij (Charan Raj) is a friend of Narasimha, but still has a lot of misunderstanding with him. The audiences are subject to some suspense but without revealing what it is about at all. In the middle of this, love blossoms between Shiva and Narasimha’s daughter (played by Manvitha). By the interval, you expect a regular story turn.
Even till the interval, the story holds on to a gripping narrative. Post interval the film slacks a bit but recovers brilliantly with superb plot twists. Right to the climax, the audiences are treated to unexpected changes in the story.
The presence of seasoned actors like Shobraj, Avinash and Charan Raj adds additional credibility to the narration. Nonetheless, the two main actors; Dheeren and Manvitha ably carry the special story without a glitch. Kudos to Manvitha for handling this role like a pro.
Director Anil Kumar has handled the technical aspects of the film commendably. There isn’t much to complain about. His job was to redo an existing product which he does without a hitch. Providing a little more pauses to emotional scenes may have made them more effective.
Shiva 143 will surely win the hearts of those who expect the unexpected. But be warned of the blood fest. For Kannada audience who are not familiar with Rx 100, this is a weekend treat.