– Yaser Khan
Cast: Amitabh Bachchan, Rishi Kapoor, Jimit Trivedi
Direction: Umesh Shukla
Amitabh Bachchan and Rishi Kapoor reunite after 27 years since ‘Ajooba’ to star in a comedy drama ‘102 Not Out’ where they play old aged father and son, in this latest offering from the acclaimed Umesh Shukla who directed ‘Oh My God’.
Story: Babulal Vakharia (played by Rishi Kapoor), at the age of 75, is any old man that you’ll find around you. He’s irritating, lifeless and follows a routine. On the other hand there’s Babulal’s dad, Dattatreya Vakharia (played by Amitabh Bachchan) who is a full-of-life at the age of 102 year old and 26 at heart. He aims to outlive the world’s eldest person from China by living above the ripe old age of 118. In order to inch towards his goal he has to stay happy and positive. The only hurdle however comes from his son Dattatreya whose accepted his old age. He decides to send his son to an old age home by joking that he can get another record in his name for being the only father in the world to send a son to an old age. Babulal, being someone who cannot leave his comfort zone, will do anything to stay under the same roof as he has for the past 75 years. The only way Dattatreya will allow this is if Babulal promises to change, and on the road to accepting a series of challenges where Dattatreya takes help of Dhiru, a chemist shop worker (played by Jimit Trivedi), he might have to put in his love for his son Amole to test. Will Babulal win all the challanges thrown by his father? Will the two form an unbreakable bond?
Amitabh Bachchan is phenomenal as usual in his role. His voice modulation and mannerisms for the age he was playing were perfect. The energy that he brings to the character is very believable.
Rishi Kapoor transitions from being vulnerable to being full of confidence with much ease. His poise and grace shines through. It can be difficult to match Amitabh Bachchan’s performance in a film but Rishi Kapoor is delightful and creates a great chemistry with Big B.
Jimit Trivedi gets his due as an actor with this film. To perform among legends of Hindi cinema and sustain and support them to be a part of their team to form a trio, any other performer would crumble but Jimit makes his presence felt.
Music and Dialogues: The music has been given by George Joseph which is so soothing and emotional which makes the screenplay even more smooth in its flow. The music has also been composed by the ace duo Salim-Sulaiman. Classic songs from the 50s and 60s have been put in to revive the tastes of people back then and it gives you a moment to question the lyrics of current generation songs. Having said all this, the songs have less screen time in the movie and it’s a welcome change. ‘Bacche Ki Jaan’ and ‘Kulfi’ are enjoyable. The dialogues of the film are hard hitting and thought provoking especially when the characters of Amitabh Bachchan and Rishi Kapoor debate. The comic punches are hilarious without being over the top. It’s difficult to tickle the funny bone of the youth today without having foul language in it but this film achieves that really well. Simple jokes and you find yourself laughing out loud.
Direction: Umesh Shukla is known to be a director who touches you deep within with his filmmaking and leaves you with a thought that you take back, and he doesn’t disappoint at all with ‘102 Not Out’. His protagonists compel you to both laugh and cry. To direct a film with such superstars who needn’t do much, yet to extract something extraordinary is difficult, but Umesh Shukla aces it and thanks to the brilliant screenplay by Vishal Patil, the film feels and looks beautiful with the simplicities of life. It is Saumya Joshi’s play with the same name inspired this film who has written the film and what a gem she is. The cinematography by Laxman Utekar. There is nothing glossy about the treatment of the film, yet you’re entertained. It’s not just about the adorable chemistry between the father and a son, it’s also about how the makers under the layers of subtext teach you how to live life. Every learning is backed by a comical sequence to tone the preachy-ness down. What’s more satisfying for an Indian filmmaker when his second half turns out to be more praise worthy than his first half? Not a dull moment and with yawns at all, Umesh Shukla has a complete winner in his hands. You can’t help but start appreciating the little joys in your life after watching this ‘very important’ film.
Cinespeaks Verdict: We recommend the Youth to take their families and watch this spectacle come to life which shall move you, bring you closer with your loved ones and give you a beautiful experience of having viewed it with people who really matter. For the legends who carry the film on their shoulders, this film is a MUST MATCH! Cinespeaks give ‘102 Not Out’ 4 out of 5 Stars.