Babulal Vakharia aka Babu (Rishi Kapoor) is a 75-year-old gloomy and grumpy old man who lives with his 102-year-old jocund and lively father Dattatraya Vakharia (Amitabh Bachchan). One fine day Dattatraya shows Babu a pamphlet of an old age home where he wants Babu to be shifted, much to the latter’s shock. However, he proposes that if Babu is able to complete a few of his challenges, he’d be allowed to stay in the house to which Babu reluctantly agrees.
Why does Dattatraya want to send Babu to an old age home? What are the challenges that he’ll give Babu and why does he want to do so? Will Babu be able to complete his tasks?
Positive Points: –
- 102 Not Out has a heart which you can easily connect to. Doesn’t matter your age, this flick is something every generation should watch to know how important it is to live heartily as long as you haven’t stopped breathing.
- The balance of humour and sentimentality has been quite appropriate.
- Mentioning this may be superfluous but yes, the outstanding performances of Bachchan, Kapoor and even Jimit Trivedi and their spot on chemistries with each other.
- Umesh Shukla’s insightful direction and Saumya Joshi’s beautifully crafted story and screenplay.
- George Joseph’s melodious score which fits in with the premise of the film.
Negative Points: –
- The viewer’s liking for 102 Not Out depends completely upon the connect he/she makes with the emotions the film exhibits. If he/she fails to make the connection, it might seem ordinary in nature to that person.
- A few flaws here and there including the fact that it was difficult to believe that Dattatreya could be so fit and active at 102, which is kinda improbable. However, my suggestion for the viewers would be to overlook all those small flaws if you want to enjoy the film.
Direction, Script & Other Technicalities: –
What makes 102 Not Out beautiful is its ability to make you laugh and be sentimental in the right amounts every time. It’s wrapped up in just 107 minutes and yet covers a range of emotions and dimensions of the relationships that characters share with each other. Kudos to Saumya Joshi for an apt adaptation of his own play. The character development has been strong and the dialogues have been intelligently crafted, providing philosophical overtones in their humourous gigs. Umesh Shukla has directed the movie ably and presents its warmth beautifully. Hee makes the character interactions funny and sweet and even their bitter moments have been showcased in a lightweight manner; which in turn prevents the film from turning awfully mawkish.
Laxman Utekar’s cinematography has been excellent. Bodhaditya Banerjee has tightly edited the movie while ensuring its sleekness. The songs aren’t much used but make a pretty delightful impact in their brief appearances. George Joseph’s score is exquisitely melodious and runs well with the mood of the movie.
Amitabh Bachchan is the soul of the film as he perfectly captures his character’s eccentric liveliness. He flawlessly nails his Gujarati accent and is effortlessly believable as Dattatraya. It’s endearing to see him perform magnetically throughout the runtime.
If Bachchan is the soul, Rishi Kapoor is the heart of the movie as it sort of revolves around him and his emotions. Kapoor nails it in both his positive and negative characteral dimensions and delivers a first-rate act.
Jimit Trivedi of Bhool Bhulaiya fame plays the ideal sidekick both Dattatreya and Babu required for this feature and he simply charms you with his innocent portrayal of Dhiru.
Not to forget, the chemistry that each of these characters has is spotlessly delightful and probably one of the best things in the entire film.
Final Verdict: –
A perfectly balanced comedy film, 102 Not Out exceeds expectations. It’s pleasant in every aspect starting from its basic plotline to its adorably imperfect characters. It’s humour, emotionality and philosophical richness just make it better and hence, in spite of its sorrowful moments, the audience is left endeared by its heart-warming premise.