Life does not come with a set of plans. You make your own plans, follow your own path and that is when life happens. Hundred is about three different people from different walks of life who happen to meet when life happens to them. Netra (Rinku Rajguru) who is leading a boring life crosses paths with ACP cop, Saumya (Lara Dutta) who desperately wants to get promoted but Alas! DCP would not let that happen. Netra Patil is a selfless government servant who is diagnosed with Stage-4 Brain tumor. Netra is a Bollywood junkie who dreams of going to Switzerland one day is hit by reality when she realizes that she just has 100 days to live and she has not done anything she wanted to do. What follows next is an interesting story of Netra and Saumya set on the path of living and not adjusting just for the sake of others.
The Disney+ Hotstar series has been directed by Ruchi Narain, Ashutosh Shah, and Taher Shabbir and written by Narain, Shah, and Abhishek Dubey. The first season comprises eight episodes, each of which explores the latest development in a redemption saga scripted by Saumya and given shape by Nethra.
Saumya and Netra would have never crossed paths but the two women are united by the sense of dissatisfaction from their respective lives. The title of the simple yet adventurous drama Hundred refers to the number of days left in Netra’s life. The story depicts strongly written characters, quirky humor, the right amount of women, and a streak of feminism as well. Based in the city of dreams Mumbai amidst the crowd of locals, people standing outside Amitabh Bachchan’s house may take the people down the memory lane amidst lockdown.
Saumya’s workplace woes will be familiar to women forced to perform doubly hard to be taken seriously in worlds ordered by men and governed by their prejudices. Saumya though is neither a saint nor a wonder woman. Her dialogue in the first episode, “Jo Bolte Hai Unki Zindagi Konsi Gulzar Hai” speaks volumes about the witty lady. Lara Dutta as Saumya makes a remarkable comeback on the screen and marks her digital debut as ACP cop who definitely knows how to get her work done. In the earlier episodes, it seems like Saumya is using Netra for her own motive but the later episodes witness a close bond with the tough cop and the adventurer who just wants a different flavor in her life.
Sairat fame, Rinku Rajguu deserves full marks for her applaud-worthy performance as Netra Patil. Netra’s character witnesses a major development right from the first episode where she is surrounded by ungrateful male members of the family to the later episodes where she starts valuing her own life. Netra herself sees a different side of her with Saumya and her once boring life as government servant turns into a roller-coaster side with Saumya’s entry. Both Netra and Saumya are surrounded by male chauvinists and that is what unites the two ladies.
Netra doesn’t let her medical condition obstruct her quest to replace the dreamer Aniket with an actual dreamboat, Shantanu (Rajeev Siddhartha) a shady racketeer. The dreamer sets her eyes on Shantanu the moment she sees him and this leads to a series of awkward situations.
Karan Wahi looks promising as Maddy, Saumya’s boyfriend, and rapper. The actor can be seen playing the Haryanvi rapper who meets Netra in a hilarious scenario. Hundred is filled with such witty, funny, and sarcastic events with sturdy characters.
Hundred is a series of fearless and feisty ladies who are determined to make their life better. Saumya and Netra are flawed in their own way but that does not stop them to be a little selfish and pave their path of happiness.
Final Verdict: Hundred is a worth-while watch with sturdy characters and simple story with the right amount of action and drama.