Watch out because this father-son story is nothing like you've ever heard or seen before. Before we start discussing the movie, I would like to tell you all that the movie's director Umesh Shukla has requested us not to reveal the core of the story, which made me sure that this movie is beyond what you expected. It tells an important story and without further revealing anything, you simply watch this movie!
Amitabh Bachchan plays the role of Dattatraya Vakharia, a 102-year-old father who wishes to break the world record of the oldest man alive. In order to fulfill his dream, 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). His old-school son, is puntual like he has notes saying 'Geyser band karen' in the bathroom; in short he has an OCD of his life! So, to achieve his goal, Datta daadu decides to send his son to an old age home. But that is simply unacceptable by Babulal, so they find a mid-way where Dattatraya gives him few challenges which Babulal has to clear to continue staying in the house.
The film is inspired by Saumya Joshi's play of the same name, hence she has been credited as the writer. The first thought that will come to your mind after watching this amazing movie is, “Oh! How Hrishi-da (Hrishikesh Mukherjee) would have loved this film.” You might feel that the film is being preachy but it's not like that at all. The adorable father-son chemistry is just a subtext to teach you how to film. The film is of just 102 minutes, still at the end you’re filled with so many emotions you feel overwhelmed.
I think we don't need to discuss the star cast of this movie because when has anything been wrong with Amitabh Bachchan and Rishi Kapoor! Amitabh masters the Gujarati accent and has an effortless dialogue delivery. Irrespective of his amazing acting, the way his character has been sketched leaves an impression on you. Rishi Kapoor, on the other hand, proves that even after portraying Dadu in Kapoor & Sons, there is a lot left in him. He does not let his inner kid pop and adapts the serious shade perfectly! Both him and Amitabh Bachchan establish yet again how good actors never age. Jimit Trivedi, who was last seen as Goti in Bhool Bhulaiyaa, is making her Bollywood comeback with 102 Not Out. He is one of the underdogs of Bollywood who managed to shine bright with every opportunity that gets in his way. After this, I’m sure, many offers awaits him.
With a good script, you also need to blend in the moments perfectly so that the magic is created. Umesh Shukla presents a beautiful film which will do wonders with good 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. 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.
Movies like 102 Not Out are rarely made in Bollywood. The makers have explored the concept of ‘Don’t die till you’re alive’ without being preachy and we give them 8/10!