The news of 102 Not Out with Amitabh Bachchan & Rishi Kapoor doing a film together as the primary characters, was no less than a casting coup.
As soon as 102 Not Out’s trailer dropped, I was looking forward to watch the film, especially for the chemistry between the 2 stalwarts. The film is based on a Gujarati play by the same name.
102 Not Out
102 Not Out is the story of a father and son. Dattatray Vakharia (Amitabh Bachchan) is a 102 year old man, father to Babu Vakharia (Rishi Kapoor) who is 75 years old. The father-son live together in their house in Mumbai. While Dattatray is the older one, he has the zest for life and is a happy-go-lucky man who embraces every experience of life.
Babu on the other hand has accepted his age and is awaiting death, yet both scared to live & scared to die.
Dattatray takes up on himself to teach his son to relive every moment of life & proposes to send him away to an old age home otherwise.
Through a series of challenges that bring about changes & showcase the father son chemistry, the film concludes leaving you with a smile.
Amitabh Bachchan as usual, is endearing and charming even as he plays a 102 year old father. The story gives him enough backing to be a superlative version of a spirited 102 year old. Yet, through that loud act, the Gujarati version of his character looks like an extension of his previous role of Bhasker in Piku.
Rishi Kapoor though, is all performance and soul as his character undergoes an extensive journey in a short span of 140 minutes. Rishi Kapoor steals all the empathy for Babu and has our hearts by the end of it all.
102 Not Out can well be called another Anand in Amitabh Bachchan’s filmography, but this film is more vocal about it’s intentions as opposed to Anand, which had a breezy undertone of teaching the world the way of living.
The film does get a little sobby towards the end, but that can also be identified as the quality of a good film.
One of the only negatives or rather, the least impactful element of the film to me was it’s music. Be it Badumbaaa in the end or a mix of tracks in the running time in the background, that’s one area that doesn’t help the film get any better.
But still, this one deserves a watch for it’s heart in the right place & for keep astray from getting in the preachy zone of life lessons!
Watch it with your family!