100% LOVE (2012)-Bengali Film Review

Jeet, Koel Mullick in Bengali Film 100% LoveFeb 13, 2012 (Calcutta Tube): 100% Love is a 2012 Bengali movie directed by Ravi Kinagi with Jeet and Koel Mullick in lead roles. Read the Bengali film review at Calcutta Tube.

Rahul (Jeet) is an irresponsible young man who fails to bag any job at all for over ten years. He feels neither shame nor guilt about eating off his old father’s salary as a schoolteacher who also cooks for him and waits on him for a dinner he often skips. He does not hesitate to insult his father (Supriyo Dutta) every now and then about his modest job on a modest salary. The strangest thing about this father-son relationship is that they do not address each other in traditional forms of address. The father does not call him by name and the son does not call him ‘father.’

Banner: Shree Venkatesh Films Pvt. Ltd. and Grassroot Entertainment
Direction: RaviKinagi
Music: Jeet Ganguly and Samidh Mukherji
Cinematography: Mohan Verma
Editor: Mohammed Kalam
Choreographer: Baba Yadav and Stanley D’Souza
Fight Master: Judo Ramu
Cast: Jeet, Koel Mullick, Sujoy, Supriyo Dutta, Biswajit Chakraborty, Biswanath Bose, Moushumi Saha and others
Date of release: 20th January 2012

  • Rating: 07/10

One day, he happens to catch a wee glimpse of a beautiful girl inside a car. His world changes as if struck by a magic wand. He follows Anuradha (Koel Mullick) to a high-funda IT firm and finds that she holds a high office. He stumbles over his interview, written test and viva but gets the job all the same. Till the interval, the film flits between his open bonding with his father and his amusing fantasies around Anuradha who is blissfully unaware of his attentions. They go on a project toAustraliawhere, after some song-dance sessions, Rahul learns to his shock that she is already betrothed to another young man and cannot walk out of it. The first half ends with Rahul’s father’s sudden death sending him into deep depression. This part of the film is 100% entertainment with pithy dialogue, realistic scenes filled with shades of grey.

Once Rahul lands in the village ancestral home of his friend (Sujoy) for the latter’s marriage, the scenario surrender to loud scenes, too many characters who have nothing to do and last but never the least, his trying to cope with the reality of discovering that his friend is marrying Anuradha. This part is filled with soppy sentimentality, an overdose of melodrama and some action scenes by Rahul in trying to get accepted by the patriarch (Biswajit Chakraborty) who later gets stabbed several times while walking back home by the ruffians he bashed up earlier during Holi celebrations.  There is one very interesting segment that explores the terrible crush a teenager in the family develops for Rahul. This segment has exciting nuggets like the girl brushing against Rahul at every chance she gets, bringing him a glass of milk only to be interrupted by a suspicious and jealous Anuradha, leaping on the bed when Anuradha shoves her off and finally, when Rahul tells her that she is too young for him, she rushes to jump into the river nearby to be rescued and finally is brought to her senses. It is a very original touch within the screenplay and adds a doze of hilarity to the otherwise boring incidents happening on the home front. It is also a very intelligent take on how teenagers get deeply influenced by Hindi masala films and also identify with the heroines in these films. This alone dilutes the incredibility of Rahul walking straight from his hospital bed with several stab wounds in his stomach for the happy ending!

Jeet Ganguly and Samidh Mukherjee’s music is melodious and hummable. The unique locales inSwitzerlandwill bring vicarious enjoyment to the masses that will never be able to visit these places. The main protagonists are fleshed out quite well and kudos for the beautiful enactment of the father-son love-hate relationship elaborated by the director. The fight scenes are choreographed well. Camera and editing fulfill the needs of this kind of film.

It is Jeet’s show all the way both as actor and as co-producer of the film. His Rahul is a multi-shaded character filled with arrogance, irresponsibility, gay bonhomie, romance, obsessive love, grief, depression, heartbreak, anger and action. Rarely does an actor get to colour a character wish so many shades from the palette of human emotions. Koel is good but the script sidetracks her in a more reactive role than a dominating one. Supriyo Dutta is excellent as the dejected father who loves his son deeply but the love is tinged heavily with anger and frustration. In brief, 100% Love delivers 60% entertainment for a family audience.

– Shoma A. Chatterji

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