Love in the age of toppers

I f ever there was a wickedly ironic title for a movie this one is it. Told in a twin flashback mode, 100% love begins as a story about the current obsession in Andhra Pradesh about ranks, marks and toppers. Juxtaposed is the other obsession of relation between Bawa-Mardallu. Balu (Naga Chaitanya) is the topper with steely discipline whose prayer before having food is the algebraic formula (a+b)2 =a2 +b2 + 2ab and for whom coming first is like an everyday habit. A bunch of young boys and girls live with him as their parents want them to emulate the topper. The one iMac in the study room has to be used by the topper and nobody else. The director's sardonic commentary on society and parents continues with the young boys and girls using their ranks as their calling cards.

In walks a girl from village Mahalakshmi (Tamanna), who happens to be his paternal cousin. She tries to shake up things with her easy going ways but is shocked by the disciplined topper in the family. He is a vegetarian and believes that his brain works best that way and has nightmares about wrong mathematical formulae. She loves chicken, she dreams of chicken, waits for Saturday to end so that she can have a go at chicken drumsticks and makes a song and dance about chicken.

The flashback in wedding clothes moves along the various twists and turn as the man downs a few pegs and keeps the narrative moving while the woman tells her role in the drama in wedding clothes to her relatives.

Grounded in reality, the film is fun watch as it moves on the familiar terrain of college life, family drama with a believable but somewhat predictable plot. Naga Chaitanya joins the current bandwagon of lovers in Telugu cinema who think loudly and cinematically about what they are getting into before getting married.

Naga Chaitanya is natural as the cocky youngster who is used to staying on top. Tamanna is a revelation as she essays her role as a sassy chica from village who changes gears to turn into an urbanite.

The music scored by Devi Sri Prasad is nothing worth writing home about.

The director Sukumar who made Arya and Arya II may have a belief that the item numbers in those movies got them off the chart collections. He includes one out of place number that is like a triangular corner in a circle.

serish nanisetti

100% Love Genre: Romance Cast: Naga Chaitanya, Tamanna Bhatia, Naresh, Director: Sukumar Music: Devi Sri Prasad Bottomline: 50 % formula 50% commentary

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