102 Not Out
Starring – Amitabh Bachchan, Rishi Kapoor and Jimit Trivedi
Director – Umesh Shukla
Rating – 2.5/5
What’s it about
At 102 , Dattatraya Vakharia (Amitabh Bachchan) is full of life and wants to break the world record by becoming the oldest man to live on the planet. His 75-year-old son Babulal (Rishi Kapoor) is exactly the opposite. He is afraid of venturing out of his comfort zone. Dattatraya decides to send his son to an old age home. His son’s dull lifestyle won’t allow him to achieve his world record. The film 102 Not Out focuses on the bittersweet father-son relationship.
The rest of the plot revolves around Dattatraya trying to change his son for the better by giving him challenging tasks to perform. Dhiru (Jimit Trivedi), a friendly medicine-delivery boy, is witness to all this drama.
How Funny is 102 Not Out?
There are some hilarious moments in 102 Not Out, especially when the two seasoned actors are taking digs at each other. One of the funniest scenes is when Dattatraya asks his son to write a love letter to his late wife.
Director Umesh Shukla has portrayed Mumbai in all its glory, highlighting some of the city’s most beautiful landmarks. There are several underlying messages throughout the film. ‘Living life to the fullest’ and ‘making each day count’. It does give you an interesting and realistic perspective.
From some easy and light dramedy (comedy-drama) the movie soon becomes preachy and boring. The film also mildly revolves around the lines of Baghban where it goes into the zone of “children disrespecting their parents and abandoning them” but doesn’t entirely follow the same route.
Amitabh Bachchan and Rishi Kapoor
As super-senior citizens, both Amitabh Bachchan and Rishi Kapoor do their best to hold your attention, but the act somehow lacks finesse. One of the first things you’ll notice is that the actors have a forced Gujarati accent. This is evident even in the trailer, and it was a major snag throughout the film.
Except Jimit Trivedi, none of the veterans could pull off the dialogues with ease. Towards the end, the film drags on unnecessarily and becomes a tedious watch.
Amitabh Bachchan is full of life and does his best to portray a 102-year-old. However, his comic go for a toss mid-way. Rishi Kapoor plays the grumpy old man to the T. It’s as if it almost comes naturally to him!
Jimit Trivedi stole the limelight whenever he was on screen and had incredible comic timing.
Supriya Says: 102 Not Out is an easy-breezy film that is peppered with some humour but becomes a little too boring. I suggest you save your money by skipping this in the theatres and catch it on Amazon Prime in a few weeks.
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