102 NOT OUT
Director: Umesh Shukla
Starring: Amitabh Bachchan, Rishi Kapoor and Jimit Trivedi
Screenplay: Saumya Joshi
Sony Pictures, Treetop Entertainment and Benchmark Pictures’ 102 Not Out is a hilarious film with a nice message. Adapted into a feature film from a Gujarati play of the same name, this film brings Amitabh Bachchan and Rishi Kapoor together on the silver screen after 27 years and that itself is worth a watch. As the film starts we meet Babu (Rishi Kapoor) a 75 year old man who relies on routine work and daily medical checkups to stay alive. Then there is Dattatreya (Amitabh Bachchan), Babu’s father a 102 year old man but he feels like he is just 26 years old. Dattatreya is on a quest to break the world record of a Chinese guy who lived for 118 years and so he wants to at least live for more 16 years but to break the record he has to stay happy and the only problem in this is his son Babu who worries about everything and is a boring person. So now Dattatreya wants to get rid of him and so he decides to send his son Babu to an old age home. But Babu who hates change opposes his father’s idea. Babu is now told to complete certain challenges put in front of him by his father. As the story moves forward we come to know why Dattatreya is doing this. Though the story line is to a certain extent a seen before one but the director and the writer has told it very well and the overall movie is fun but first part is hilarious.
Technically the film is good, the opening credits of the film shows one of the best 2d animation sequences of Mumbai. Music is also good, fits well with the flow of the story; especially the song Kulfi sung by Sonu Nigam might just make you nostalgic. Editing is also fine.
Both the living legends Amitabh Bachchan and Rishi Kapoor once again let everybody know why they are called as living legends and great actors. They both are brilliant in the movie, they make us laugh, adore and emotional in the film that only has 4 to 5 characters in the entire movie including Jimit Trivedi who also plays his part very well.
Director Umesh Shukla along with writer Saumya Joshi have nicely adapted the play into a feature film. He is able to make us laugh and emotional at the same time, though we see slightly similar storyline in the past but he has made this a complete fresh and fun movie to watch with the entire family. The twist to the story is brilliantly presented by him and just at the right time raises the film.