A beautiful love story between old aged father and son is all you need to watch this weekend!
The philosophy behind Umesh Shukla’s film is that age is just a number and he gave this message by casting 75 years Amitabh Bachchan and 65 years Rishi Kapoor. The film has got mixed response from the audience but people are actually appreciating the concept. The script written by Saumya Joshi is actually an adaptation of his Gujarati play of the same name.
Umesh Shukla’s 102 Not Out is about a man of that age who wants to stay alive longer. He basically wants to break the world record for staying for the maximum amount of time. “I am strictly opposed to dying,” he says at one point. (Longevity, I must here confess, has always seemed to me like the least sporting of achievements. There are few things as sterile as the innings a batsman who stays not out for the sake of staying long.)
Here old father who is yet young by heart picked the mission to rejuvenate his colorless son, aged 75. One day, out of the blue, the father announces that he is going to send the son to an old-age home. The son protests and the father names his terms. He asks the son to fulfill his five conditions over a period of six months. But it is more than just a game for them.
102 Not Out begins with a few hiccups. The actors take time in adjusting to the script, which relies more on dialogues than actions. Remaining true to the play, every character is introduced by a fellow actor, and wherever they feel restricted, Vijay Raaz’s voiceover comes to the rescue. But overall, the relationship we captured between father and son is just mindblowing. While Amitabh Bachchan plays the anchor, Rishi becomes the glue that sticks the scenes. His silence and cries make sense to the audience, and you hope his character will achieve full bloom. The screenplay, however, favors Amitabh Bachchan’s energetic act. The focus keeps shifting from one to the other.
Jimit Trivedi’s provides the comic relief, but the film is light in nature and his interventions do not add much to what the two senior actors have already achieved. A third character is definitely needed to take the story forward and add a neutral perspective, but it could have been carved out in a better way.
Umesh Shukla adopts old school methods and gives his characters enough time to unfold their inner selves. Most of the film is shot inside a house where the director’s dependence on the performances increases. When he ventured outside the four walls, he tries to maintain the same kind of joy.
This is a full family package that will make you fall in love for sure!
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