The latest Hotstar release Hundred is a compelling watch with some loopholes which are easily forgettable. The Web-series with Lara Dutta as ACP Saumya Shukla and Rinku Rajguru as Netra Patil in leads also has Karan Wahi, Sudhanshu Pandey, Rajeev Siddhartha, Parmeet Sethi, Arun Nalawade and Makarand Deshpande in major roles.
The thriller-comedy-drama starts with Netra Patil trying to find ways to spend remaining hundred days of her life excitingly after she discovers she has brain tumour. She crosses path with crime branch ACP Saumya Shukla who is juggling her duties between her boss Parmeet Sethi and her narcotics branch DCP husband Sudhanshu Pandey, who both want her to take up a desk job instead of the field job.
Sensing that her husband and boss are not letting her work in her desired role and to defeat their purpose, she employs Netra as her informer into various ploys and strategies of catching offenders of multiple crimes. As they together decide and move, they complement each other though there’s been instances where Netra fails to perform the tasks dutifully.
Karan Wahi’s role as another informer-lover of ACP Saumya and a struggler trying his hands on becoming a rapper adds an interesting and captivating angle to the web-series. With a Haryanvi background, he has wonderfully done his job. His accent and style is at par and his character justifies every scene by enthusing curiosity.
Rajeev Siddhartha playing a businessman running Hawala and betting rackets is a treat to watch. The end that shows ACP Saumya nabbing Rajeev and his uncle, Markanda, against her promise to Netra has been ended on a flat note, as if there would be next episode. Though the moment the series has been ended is good, but a more invigorating thriller approach would have done a greater justice.
The placement and selection of music at the defining moments of the series is impactful and thrilling. The scenes of Lara & Rinku shot in the background song “Tujhe Goli Marunga” are the highlight and pride of the series.
The plots and strategies that unfold in all eight episodes has been well executed and keep the interest of the audience entirely.
Lara Dutta does an incredible work after a long hiatus and her heroine Rinku Rajguru gives an electrifying performance.
Writers Ruchi Narain, Abhishek Dubey, Ashutosh Shah have done a great work and don’t leave any worth-mentioning major gaps anywhere.
The joint direction of Ruchi Narain, Ashutosh Shah, Taher Shabbir is commendable.
The series entertains at every juncture and deserves 7 out of 10 stars.