100 Degree Celsius (film)

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100 Degree Celsius
Directed by Rakesh Gopan
Produced by Royson Vellara
Written by Rakesh Gopan
Starring Shwetha Menon
Bhama
Meghana Raj
Ananya
Haritha Parokod
Music by Gopi Sundar
Cinematography Sathyanarayanan Suriyan
Edited by Don Max
Production
company
RR Entertainments
Release date
  • 10 October 2014 (2014-10-10)
Country India
Language Malayalam

100 Degree Celsius is a 2014 Malayalam film written and directed by Rakesh Gopan. A women-centric thriller scripted by Rakesh Gopan, it stars Shwetha Menon, Meghna Raj, Bhama, Ananya and Haritha Parokod.[1] Based on a real-life incident, 100 Degree Celsius revolves around the lives of five women - a housewife, banker, IT professional, TV reporter and a college student,[2] the film started shooting in June 2013.[3] 100 Degrees Celsius will be Malayalam cinema's first two-part film.[4] It is produced under the banner of R.R. Entertainments. Cinematographer is Satyanarayanan and music director is Gopi Sundar.[5]

Cast[edit]

Production[edit]

Debutante director Rakesh Gopan, who had served as associate to VKP and Rajasenan said, "It's based on a true story that happened in Kochi, the main characters are an IT professional, a TV channel reporter, a bank employee, a college student and a housewife", adding that the team will also bring out the real people who inspired the story, during the promotion of the film. "All these characters live in a flat and the story revolves around an incident that happens there. They try to cover this up and ultimately, it leads to their lives turning upside down. A thriller, the film deals with various issues that women in today's society have to go through - for instance, blackmailing" Rakesh said.[6] Rakesh Gopan after months of scripting, found it was long for a single movie and decided to split it into two parts.[4]

The film was earlier titled Mirror and was reported to star Shwetha Menon, Bhama, Gauthami Nair, Meghana Raj and Aparna Nair.[7] Later Gauthami Nair and Aparna Nair opted out citing date issues. While actress Ananya replaced Gauthami,[2] Aparna was replaced by Kollywood actress Haritha Parokod, who made her debut in Malayalam.[8] Shwetha Menon plays a techie, Bhama, a bank employee, Meghna Raj, a news channel reporter, Ananya, a student, and Haritha a home-maker.[5] Earlier, it was reported that Lakshmi Rai was also a part of the project. However, the director refuted the rumours and said, "Lakshmi Rai was never part of it."[2] Krish J Sathar was roped in as the male lead.[9] Later the makers also cast a relative newcomer, Anu Mohan,[10] with the film split into two, the makers also decided to make changes in the cast and cast Tamil and Telugu actor Shaam and Bollywood actress Radhika Apte, who both will make their Mollywood debut.[4]

Critical reception[edit]

The Times of India gave the film 3 stars out of 5 and wrote, "If what you want is to sit back and relax with a packet of popcorn, 100 Degree Celsius is not the film for you, as you would mostly be on your seat's edge, scene after scene. Rakesh Gopan joins the pack the debutant directors in Malayalam [sic], who tell unprecedented stories in our tinsel town, his effort is laudable, and besides a handful of glitches in execution that sets occasional boredom, the film is involving enough to keep one interested till the end".[11] Indiaglitz.com gave a rating of 6.5 out of 10 and wrote, "With all other factors appealing, this '100 degree Celsius' can be prescribed for an onetime watch, especially for the lovers of adrenaline raising thriller films..".[12]

Sify was more critical of the film and wrote, "With an absurd script, this film struggles to keep you engaged right from the start. The story just goes here and there without any logic. All you are surprised about is the serious way all those inane scenes have been presented here", going on to call it a "royal mess, nothing less".[13]

Upon release, Dr. Manoj Narayanan Namboothiri, a psychologist from Trivandrum, filed a case against the director and the Censor Board, citing that "the film shows women in a poor light and can give out wrong messages to society".[14]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Saraswathy Nagarajan (2013-06-05). "Vindication of faith". The Hindu. Retrieved 2013-06-18. 
  2. ^ a b c "Ananya replaces Gauthami Nair in '100 Degree Celsius'". The Times of India. 2013-05-13. Retrieved 2013-06-18. 
  3. ^ "Meghana starts shooting for 100 Degree Celsius". The Times of India. 2013-06-08. Retrieved 2013-06-18. 
  4. ^ a b c "Mollywood gears up for its first two-part film". The Times of India. 2013-03-27. Retrieved 2013-06-18. 
  5. ^ a b Vijay George (2013-07-18). "On Location: 100°C - Hot on their heels". The Hindu. Retrieved 2013-08-23. 
  6. ^ Sanjith Sidhardhan (2012-12-27). "2013 opens with women-centric multi starrers". The Times of India. TNN. Retrieved 2013-06-18. 
  7. ^ "A mirror with five heroines". Indiaglitz. 9 January 2013. Archived from the original on 20 June 2013. Retrieved 2013-06-18. 
  8. ^ "Haritha debuts in M-Town". The Times of India. 2013-05-21. Retrieved 2013-06-18. 
  9. ^ "Krish to team up with five heroines". Archived from the original on 20 June 2013. Retrieved 2013-06-18. 
  10. ^ "Anu Mohan to play the lead in Mirror". The Times of India. 2013-02-24. Retrieved 2013-06-18. 
  11. ^ Deepa Soman (2014-10-12). "100 Degree Celsius Review". The Times of India. TNN. Retrieved 2014-10-30. 
  12. ^ "100 Degree Celsius Review". IndiaGlitz. 2014-10-13. Retrieved 2014-10-30. 
  13. ^ "100 Degree Celsius". Sify. Retrieved 2014-10-30. 
  14. ^ Deepa Soman (2014-10-16). "Psychologist files case against 100 Degree Celsius". The Times of India. TNN. Retrieved 2014-10-30. 

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