Film: 102 Not Out
Director: Umesh Shukla
Cast: Amitabh Bachchan, Rishi Kapoor, Jimit Trivedi, Mukesh Hariwala
102 Not Out is a 2018 comedy-drama film, with legendary actor Amitabh Bachchan playing a 102-year-old wanting to break the oldest-man-alive record. Another Bollywood legend Rishi Kapoor plays his sad and grumpy 75-year-old son.
The movie will definitely remind you of the 70s and 80s Hrishikesh Mukherjee and Basu Chatterjee movies. With its heart right in its place, the movie will leave a smile on your face when you leave the theatre. 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.
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The first half of the film is rudimentary and you need extra patience to hold on. But the second half, though predictable, steadily builds up emotional momentum. You get absorbed by its assured storytelling and would be frequently touched by several moving gestures of human decency. It is indeed a fiction, but it feels real, through its universal family drama and it gently tells us that we can do better than expected to ourselves, in our life.
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.
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Films like ‘102 Not Out’ are best enjoyed with the family. The ease with which the film portrays the bittersweet relationship between its characters is fantastic. Such films are like soft serve ice cream on a sparkly Sunday afternoon. They make you happy. There are parts in the film where emotions run high, but it’s never too overbearing. It’s just a happy and healthy entertainer that tells you that living in the moment and making the most of everyday of your life is all that matters. And age of course, as they say, is just a number.