102 Not Out Movie Review Rating: 4/5 Stars (Four stars)
Star Cast: Amitabh Bachchan, Rishi Kapoor, Jimit Trivedi.
Director: Umesh Shukla.
What’s Good: Not a single dull moment throughout, proper mixage of humour and drama, full of life performances by Amitabh Bachchan, Rishi Kapoor & Jimit Trivedi.
What’s Bad: Even if I live for 102 years and watch this movie 102 times, I’ll not be able to pull out anything bad from it.
Loo Break: Not a loo break, but many a times you’ll feel to take a break from heart-melting emotions going on-screen.
Watch or Not?: The moment I met my dad after watching this movie, I asked him to reschedule whatever he’s having on Friday because we’re watching this together!
Before the movie started, we got greeted by the sweet director Umesh Shukla, who requested us not to reveal core story of the film. That moment made me sure, this movie will have something really important to tell and trust me it’s much more than its trailer. So, without revealing much, I’ll make sure everyone who reads this review should go and watch this gem.
Dattatraya Vakharia (Amitabh Bachchan), the 102-year-old father is on a mission of breaking world record of the oldest man alive by outliving him. In order to do that, he has been suggested to stay away from boring and dull people, who in this case is 75-year-old son Babulal Vakharia (Rishi Kapoor). Babulal is an old-school son to this super-cool dad. He’s punctual, he has notes like ‘Geyser band karen’ in this bathroom; in short he has an OCD of his life.
In order to attain his record, Datta daadu decides to send Babulal to an old age home. Babulal, who can’t adjust in any environment but his home asks for another way out. Dattatraya, then, comes up with few challenges and asks Babulal to clear them all to retain his stay in the house.
102 Not Out Movie Review: Script Analysis
Saumya Joshi, on whose play with the same name inspired this film, has been credited as the writer of it. The first thought that came to my mind after watching this was, “Oh! How Hrishi-da (Hrishikesh Mukherjee) would have loved this film.” There are some movies that demand your presence, 102 Not Out is one such film. 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.
Many might get the misconception of movie being preachy but it’s not the case at all. Every learning is backed by a comical sequence and it’s a properly mixed cocktail of emotions. The film is of just 102 minutes, still at the end you’re filled with so many emotions you feel overwhelmed. Abhijat Joshi has been specially thanked in the credits and throughout the movie you feel his magical presence.
102 Not Out Movie Review: Star Performance
Amitabh Bachchan is more than being perfect, he’s literally having time of his life in this one. He masters the Gujarati accent and has an effortless dialogue delivery. Apart from his brilliant acting, it’s the way his character has been sketched that works big time. So glad that he has been getting such roles at this high point of his career.
Rishi Kapoor, post doing roles like Dadu in Kapoor & Sons and Rauf Lala in Agneepath, proves how there’s much more left in him. He has restricted his inner kid to pop out in the film by adapting a serious shade. Both him and Amitabh Bachchan establish yet again how good actors never age.
Jimit Trivedi, who was seen as Goti in Bhool Bhulaiyaa, is making his Bollywood comeback with 102 Not Out. He is an unadulterated gem and shines bright amidst the mounting talent in the film. After this, I’m sure, many offers awaits him.
102 Not Out Movie Review: Direction, Music
A director needs a good script to blend the moments well and here he got everything decorated on a platter. Umesh Shukla has made a beautiful film and this movie will hugely depend on the word of mouth. Vishal Patil’s screenplay is noteworthy. While Shukla tries to make the film feel beautiful, Vishal tries to make the film look beautiful.
Songs by Salim-Sulaiman are very good. Arijit Singh’s Bachche Ki Jaan goes well with the situation, it’s background music has been used very interestingly throughout the film. Kulfi is the highlight of light moments and it’s written brilliantly by Saumya Joshi.
102 Not Out Movie Review: The Last Word
All said and done, once in a blue moon we get to see such films- a pure family entertainer from the word go. The makers explore the concept of ‘Don’t die till you’re alive’ without being preachy. You’ll come out of the theater loving Amitabh Bachchan & Rishi Kapoor a bit more.
102 Not Out Movie Trailer
102 Not Out Movie releases on 4th May, 2018.
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