100 Days of Love is a more intelligent version of Thattathin Marayathu. That’s not saying much, a beanstalk is more intelligent than that movie. What makes 100 Days of Love better is that it’s heart is in the right place. At the very least, it’s one of those rare love stories told from the point of view of the guy where the girl actually has a personality. The lady love is not some dream girl that only exists in the hero’s mind – the ideal woman that the men in our films (and in Real Life, sadly) often seem to obsess about.
This thankfully is a better movie. Although, it’s every single love story you’ve ever seen, there’s a sense of sincerity here. Kind of like how Real Steel is like every other boxing/sports movie ever made but still works because its told with passion and doesn’t insult the intelligence of its audience.
You already know the story. Boy meets girl – boy falls in love with girl – girl’s engaged to rich bastard – girl falls in love with boy – third act misunderstanding leads to manufactured complications – an airport/railway station/bus stand climax (depending on the film’s budget) – and finally, as Mohanlal says in Ravanaprabhu, a title card that says “Shubham”.
Only the details vary. Balan K. Nair* A.K.A BKN (Dulquer Salman) doesn’t meet Sheela (Nithya Menon) straight away, rather he finds a camera with her photos in it. He and his friend Ummar (Shekhar Menon) set out to find the woman in the photographs. BKN hopes he will get something more than a thank you, if you know what I mean (*nudge* *nudge* *wink* *wink*).
The rest, of course, is best seen and not read. So, yeah, I am recommending this movie, though judging by the crowd at the theatre today, you’ve probably already seen the movie.
It’s by no means perfect. You’ve been down this road so many times in better and worse movies that you’ll see every twist and turn in the plot coming a mile away. Also, it’s a pet peeve of mine but, when has having characters talk directly to the audience ever been appropriate or useful? The occasional aside glance can be funny if used well, but to have the hero talk to us about the movie breaks the fourth wall and the suspension of disbelief. It’s just annoying. Thankfully it doesn’t happen often enough to ruin the film.
That actually brings up another problem – lack of consistency. There’s some attempt made by the director (Jenuse Mohamed) to use a video game motif which is abandoned halfway through. A subplot involving a rival to BKN played by Aju Varghese (who’s seriously at risk of being type cast by the way) is forgotten halfway through. Much is made about BKN’s comic strip, but the payoff comes at the end credits Marvel style and isn’t very satisfying.
All that said, as far as I’m concerned if you had fun at the movies and laughed with the movie (rather than at it), it worked. This film worked. If this is Jenuse Mohamed’s directorial debut, then I’m definitely looking forward to his follow up.
* The joke is so obvious I’m not going to bother with it.