After 27 years Amitabh Bachchan and Rishi Kapoor is back again after the movie “Coolie”. The movie is directed by Umesh Shukla, the same guy who directed “OMG”. 102 Not Out is adapted from the gujarati play with the same name written by Saumya Joshi.
The story is about a gracefully aged 102 years old man (Amitabh Bachchan) living his last days cherishing every moment while also want his son who is unhappy, broody septuagenarian son Babulal Vakharia (Rishi Kapoor) to follow his lead.
The script appears a little flat and the events that transpire here don’t flesh out into a becoming whole. It’s probably the consequence of not doing enough to transmute the flatness of theatre into the wholesomeness of cinema. Strictly speaking, this film plays out like a recording of a theatre performance – save for the live locations. So it’s ultimately up to the powerhouse performers to hold our attention with their unassailable craft.
Both Amitabh and Rishi have played old men before. Amitabh’s Piku and Rishi’s Kapoor & Sons acts were both individually memorable. Together here, they give it their all, trying to strike sparks off each other in order to create the necessary fire, but the stagey plotting doesn’t allow for the required friction.
- Amitabh Bachchan as Dattatraya Vakharia
- Rishi Kapoor as Babulal Vakharia, Dattatraya’s son
- Jimit Trivedi