January 22, 2021

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102 Not Out Review: Perfect Century!

Going by the poster or trailer, we all know what the film promises to deliver its audience. And with the presence of legendary actors like Amitabh Bachchan and Rishi Kapoor starring together, along with coming as a Jodi after quite a long time, it’s sure going to be a treat for their fans. So now as the film released all over, does it fulfill the given promises? Does the film goes on duck or creates a century with a not-out? Let us check out!

Story

It is an emotional, funny and an uncommon story of an age-old yet quite energetic father and his aged son who is quite negative in relation to his old age, death and so on. Father, Dattatraya Vakharia (Amitabh Bachchan), is in his age of 102 years and wishes to live some more for to create a record of oldest man living on this planet, whereas on the other side Dattatraya’s son, Babulal (Rishi Kapoor), is in his age of 75 years and lost his interest in life. Now very much annoyed with the negative behavior of his son towards life, Dattatraya decides to admit Babulal in an old-age home. Shocked with this, the latter protests and so the former puts some conditions if one wants to stay with him. Well, as Babulal starts fulfilling these conditions, some challenges him to confront his past issues. What happens next forms the crux of the story.

Screenplay & Direction

The film is an official adaption of a Gujarati play of the same name, which was directed by Saumya Joshi. However, here the film is directed by Oh My God fame Umesh Shukla, and very much written by Joshi itself. Meanwhile, story and screenplay of the film is novel, effective, heart-touching, and gives a very important message to the people of all kind of age. On the other side, Umesh Shukla’s direction is decent and manages to keep the interest of audience throughout the film.

First-half is filled with quite a lot of funny moments, whereas the second-half is pretty much serious and so offers very few laughs. Also, the graph of the film slips down to a bit during post-interval, but soon picks up with some powerful emotional scenes. There also some best sequences in the film where tears might fall from your eyes while watching the same. Lastly, the climax is clap worthy and also puts a smile on one’s face.

On the whole, writer and director manage to get this official adaption of a Gujarati play on celluloid very well.

Music & Other Technicalities

Songs in the film is just alright, whereas background score go well with the narrative. Cinematography is decent, whereas Editing is smooth. The film is just 102 minutes long and hence, no time is wasted. Make up, hair and prosthetics applied on the actors like Big B and Rishi ji is something a commendable work done by Preetisheel Singh.

Performances

What to say about these two veterans – Amitabh Bachchan and Rishi Kapoor. They about yet again impress the audience in their each and every scene. They not only shine while delivering dialogues but equally communicate a lot simply through their expressions and eyes. Regarding their Jodi, it’s a sure-shot treat to watch them together on-screen after a long hiatus. On the whole, with their outstanding performances Amitji and Rishiji lifts up the film to an altogether different level. On the other side, Jimit Trivedi delivers yet another praiseworthy performance and contributes a lot to the fun and emotional quotient of the film. A special note: the introduction of the important characters of Amitabh Bachchan, Rishi Kapoor and Jimit Trivedi is quite funny and makes for a nice watch.

So is it a Paisa-Vasool film?

Definitely! The film will of course not make you clean bowled, but instead will not make you out throughout till you make century! ‘102 Not Out’ is all-in-all a family entertainer film which will be loved by our mango people, irrespective of any age. Apart from Amitabh Bachchan and Rishi Kapoor’s strong performance, watch the film for its strong content and important message as well. Strongly Recommended!

Rating: 3.5 Stars

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