Banners: Sony Pictures
Releasing International, Treetop
Entertainment, Benchmark Pictures
Producers: SPE Films India, Treetop
Director: Umesh Shukla
Cast: Amitabh Bachchan, Rishi
Kapoor, Jimit Trivedi
Writer: Saumya Joshi
Director Umesh Shukla’s 102 Not Out, starring Amitabh Bachchan and Rishi Kapoor as father and son respectively, stirs all sorts of emotions, especially about your parents. The director, who claims to never make a film without a message, has done it again. Making the audience even more receptive to the film and its message are the characters, who have been sketched in the most genuine way possible.
Babulal Vakharia (Rishi Kapoor) is a 75-year-old man whose life is eclipsed by limitations, medicines and health check-ups. He has virtually stopped smiling and finds it hard to be happy at his age. He seeks solace in solitude and limbo, where he has been waiting for his NRI son to come back for the last 30 years.
His 102-year-old father, Dattatreya Vakharia (Amitabh Bachchan), on the contrary, has more than a hundred reasons to live life to the fullest and sees life through rose-tinted glasses. He is also on a mission to break the record of the longest-living man, a 118-year-old man in China. The only thing keeping him from achieving this goal appears to be his son, Babu, who appears averse to all things positive.
The over-enthusiastic, cool dad along with his goofy partner in crime Dhiru (Jimit Trivedi) set out to bring Babu back to life by formulating a series of challenges for him. In the course of time, Babu grasps some unforgiving truths about life and this becomes the crux of the story.
The film’s plot is based on a Gujarati play by the same name, and is written by Saumya Joshi. The writer has penned a tale set in the older age bracket, which the audience might appreciate. But, the plot thins towards the end of the first half. The script definitely has its moments and quirks, thanks to a stellar cast.
Director Umesh Shukla has managed to keep the spark alive in the reunion of the veterans after 26 years. At some points, the film is a tad predictable but it has heaps of emotion, which makes it a treat to watch.
Bachche ki jaan by Arijit Singh sets the tone of the film in the first half, and depicts Rishi Kapoor’s dilemma in the film. Kulfi by Sonu Nigam is wrapped in all kinds of emotion and is a song that stays with you for a long time.
Performance-wise, the audience will not be disappointed considering the film’s brilliant cast. Amitabh Bachchan’s presence and performance is the soul of the film. And he’s proved once again why he’s called the shehenshah of the Indian film industry. Rishi Kapoor as the old soul soaked in dejection steals the show. He is adorable and his downcast expression makes you laugh. Jimit Trivedi, with his hilarious comic timing, is pure gold. He is always at par with the legends. The rest of the cast lends adequate support.
Verdict: A treat for the family. Go for it!