It’s very rare to see Bollywood films like 102 NOT OUT address the elderly as protagonists. Previously, there have been only a handful of movies addressing these lives because if anyone were to describe Bollywood, it’d be youngsters’ love stories and lots of dancing.
102 NOT OUT describes the life of a 102-year-old father Dattatraya Vakharia (Amitabh Bachchan) decides to send his 75-year-old son Babulal (Rishi Kapoor) to an old-age home. He does that because he believes his son’s morose and almost melancholic outlook towards life will come in his way of trying to break the world record of the longest living human. Before we give you our version of the review, here’s the trailer:
Director Umesh Shukla based the film 102 Not Out, on a Gujarati stage play by Soumya Joshi. It depicts the story of a father and son. The twist being that the father, Dattatrey Vakharia, is an evergreen 102-year-old with some value for life, meanwhile his son, Babulal Vakharia is a 75-year-old has a permanent scowl on his face and is always worried about his health. The film puts father and son against each other in many competitive scenes, including some harmless and innocent come backs such as Dattatrey trying to get Babu to be a little more out-going while other attempts getting more reckless by each scene.
It’s an interesting premise, especially when the scenes make the audience fall in love with the characters and then get them anxious about what’s coming next. Bachchan’s character has a very enthusiastic aura that refuses to shut down and is great during the more quieter scenes, especially when he exchanges scenes with his co-star.
Rishi Kapoor’s character makes the most out of the scenes and is the exact opposite of Bachchan’s character. With both comedy and drama mixed into one scene, the real joy of 102 Not Out comes while watching the two seniors grovel with each other.
Most importantly the film addresses the messiness of old age and takes a cheery side on ageing. Although 102 Not Out has some shortcomings, it’s well-focused on the emotional scenes and with the right actors, the film has made the goal in our rule-book.
Speaking of which, Amitabh Bachchan’s 102 NOT OUT has officially hit the cinemas. Book your tickets now because this is something that’s not to be missed!