Directed by Anil Kumar, the film, which also starred Manvitha Kamath in the lead, is the Kannada remake of the Telugu film RX100
Last Updated: 04.46 PM, Sep 23, 2022
Shiva 143 was the much-publicized debut vehicle of Dheeren Ramkumar, the grandson of late matinee idol Dr Rajkumar and son of veteran actor Ramkumar. Released in theatres on August 26, the Anil Kumar directorial was the Kannada remake of the hit Telugu film RX 100. Dheeren was paired with Manvitha Kamath in the film. Although the intimacy and action from the song Male Haniye and the teaser became talking points, the film did not work at the box office and is now available to stream, less than a month after its release.
The digital rights of the film had been picked up by Amazon Prime Video, where most films are still dropping within a month of their theatrical releases, barring, of course, biggies like KGF: Chapter 2, among others. Films that are not commercial successes are available to stream faster on the platform.
Ahead of the film’s theatrical release, we had spoken to Dheeren about why he is debuting with a remake. He’d said, “RX 100 was popular only in the Telugu belt, and didn’t have a great run in Karnataka. Having said that, I must add that it has done quite well on OTT. When I started the movie, this whole concept of pan-India release or, for that matter, dubbing into multiple languages was not a big thing. If RX 100 had been dubbed into Kannada and released here, I would not have done Shiva 143.”
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Up next, the actor will collaborate with Badava Rascal director Shankar Guru for the filmmaker’s second film, which shall be produced by Kishore Pathikonda of James fame. In a recent exclusive chat with OTTplay, Shankar Guru revealed that his prime focus is on delivering a bona fide commercial hit and that the upcoming film is likely to feature prominent elements of a family drama and romance. Shankar also added that he was charmed by Dheeren Ramkumar's desire to be part of credible work and that he is treating this project as his debut.