Movie Review: 102 Not Out


Can a film where the screen age of the leading men is supposed to be 102 and 75 respectively ever be called a coming-of-age film? Well, after watching Umesh Shukla’s 102 Not Out, you’ll say it’s possible. You’ll realise that growing up is an ongoing process and it has nothing to do with age. You should keep evolving, keep growing and not let life pass you by. It’s a simple yet powerful message that we should all take care to remember at all the stages of life.
Amitabh Bachchan plays Dattatraya Vakharia, a 102 year old man whose heart is still in his 20s. His son, Babulal Vakharia, played by Rishi Kapoor, is 75 and has accepted his age. Both father and son are widowers and lead a solitary existence in their sprawling bungalow. They have completely opposite viewpoints when it comes to looking at life. While the father wants to lead life as if there’s no tomorrow, taking each moment as it comes, the son is a hypochondriac who has set views about everything. They bicker constantly but share tremendous love and respect towards each other, all the same. One day, Dattatraya decides that Babulal needs to change his attitude towards life and become ‘young’ again. What misadventures befall them during this journey forms the crux of the film.
The film, adapted from a popular Gujarati play going by the same name written by Saumya Joshi, comes alive through its writing. The situations in the film are plausible and are taken from real life. We all have grown up experiencing the eccentricities of grandparents and great-grandparents and hence the film definitely strike a chord. You smile, you laugh because you’re reliving something similar that you’ve seen or heard. Then, today’s I-Me-Myself generation may be aloof towards their parents but earlier there was a genuine bond between father and sons and the film is bang on projecting that. The affection isn’t forced but real.
Both Amitabh Bachchan and Rishi Kapoor are on equal footing in the film. Apart from showcasing genuine chemistry in their scenes together, each gets a chance to bring to light individual brilliance. If there is a flaw in their otherwise superlative performances, it’s in keeping true to the Gujarati accent. They both drop it in some of the scenes. You feel as if they are conscious of maintaining the accent and that’s holding them somehow from breaking free. One can make out the difference in Bachchan’s monologue or Rishi Kapoor’s scene in the climax where they have just gone with the flow without caring for the accents. Mumbai is a cosmopolitan city and people from all corners of India have settled here. They could just have been a North Indian or a Punjabi family for that matter — perhaps that milieu would have given the two aces more room to play around with. The other very minor flaw is the complete lack of a female presence. You don’t even get to see photos of their dead wives. Also, you want to know more about what turned Bachchan into this wise man who is so full of life. You want to know what kind of existence he lead before he became 102 — what profession did he belong to, his relationship with his wife, with his siblings… the complete picture is missing. Considering the whole film is basically an interplay of memories — why do we only get to see Rishi Kapoor’s memories and not Bachchan’s?
However, all these are minor quibbles and would only have mattered if the film had starred lesser actors than Amitabh Bachchan and Rishi Kapoor. All writing is open to interpretation by the actors and when you take stalwarts like Amitabh Bachchan and Rishi Kapoor you can be assured that they’ll rise above the call of duty to elevate the film. The duo share a professional relationship going back years and have been friends since forever. That camaraderie shines through in the film. It’s basically a two character film and most of it is just them talking about the past and ruminating about the present but you never get bored. 102 Not Out is an acting primer really for the young generation of actors who should all watch it toCan a film where the screen age of the leading men is supposed to be 102 and 75 respectively ever be called a coming-of-age film? Well, after watching Umesh Shukla’s 102 Not Out, you’ll say it’s possible. You’ll realise that growing up is an ongoing process and it has nothing to do with age. You should keep evolving, keep growing and not let life pass you by. It’s a simple yet powerful message that we should all take care to remember at all the stages of life.
Amitabh Bachchan plays Dattatraya Vakharia, a 102 year old man whose heart is still in his 20s. His son, Babulal Vakharia, played by Rishi Kapoor, is 75 and has accepted his age. Both father and son are widowers and lead a solitary existence in their sprawling bungalow. They have completely opposite viewpoints when it comes to looking at life. While the father wants to lead life as if there’s no tomorrow, taking each moment as it comes, the son is a hypochondriac who has set views about everything. They bicker constantly but share tremendous love and respect towards each other, all the same. One day, Dattatraya decides that Babulal needs to change his attitude towards life and become ‘young’ again. What misadventures befall them during this journey forms the crux of the film.
The film, adapted from a popular Gujarati play going by the same name written by Saumya Joshi, comes alive through its writing. The situations in the film are plausible and are taken from real life. We all have grown up experiencing the eccentricities of grandparents and great-grandparents and hence the film definitely strike a chord. You smile, you laugh because you’re reliving something similar that you’ve seen or heard. Then, today’s I-Me-Myself generation may be aloof towards their parents but earlier there was a genuine bond between father and sons and the film is bang on projecting that. The affection isn’t forced but real.
Both Amitabh Bachchan and Rishi Kapoor are on equal footing in the film. Apart from showcasing genuine chemistry in their scenes together, each gets a chance to bring to light individual brilliance. If there is a flaw in their otherwise superlative performances, it’s in keeping true to the Gujarati accent. They both drop it in some of the scenes. You feel as if they are conscious of maintaining the accent and that’s holding them somehow from breaking free. One can make out the difference in Bachchan’s monologue or Rishi Kapoor’s scene in the climax where they have just gone with the flow without caring for the accents. Mumbai is a cosmopolitan city and people from all corners of India have settled here. They could just have been a North Indian or a Punjabi family for that matter — perhaps that milieu would have given the two aces more room to play around with. The other very minor flaw is the complete lack of a female presence. You don’t even get to see photos of their dead wives. Also, you want to know more about what turned Bachchan into this wise man who is so full of life. You want to know what kind of existence he lead before he became 102 — what profession did he belong to, his relationship with his wife, with his siblings… the complete picture is missing. Considering the whole film is basically an interplay of memories — why do we only get to see Rishi Kapoor’s memories and not Bachchan’s?
However, all these are minor quibbles and would only have mattered if the film had starred lesser actors than Amitabh Bachchan and Rishi Kapoor. All writing is open to interpretation by the actors and when you take stalwarts like Amitabh Bachchan and Rishi Kapoor you can be assured that they’ll rise above the call of duty to elevate the film. The duo share a professional relationship going back years and have been friends since forever. That camaraderie shines through in the film. It’s basically a two character film and most of it is just them talking about the past and ruminating about the present but you never get bored. 102 Not Out is an acting primer really for the young generation of actors who should all watch it toknow how it’s done… know how it’s done…

‘102 Not Out’ releasing on 4th May 2018 at Major Cineplex Sukhumvit, Rama 3 & Pattaya

102 Not Out is a 2018 comedy-drama film, with legendary actor Amitabh Bachchan playing a 102-year-old wanting to break the oldest-man-alive record. Another Bollywood legend Rishi Kapoor plays his sad and grumpy 75-year-old son.
< The duo is back after 27 years as father and son to give you a whole new meaning of love and family. Here's presenting to you the official trailer of 102 Not Out.Sony Pictures Releasing International present, 102 Not Out in association with Treetop Entertainment and Benchmark Pictures. The film is directed by Umesh Shukla.

Director: Umesh Shukla
Writer: Saumya Joshi
Stars: Amitabh Bachchan, Rishi Kapoor, Jimit Trivedi

‘Blackmail’ releasing on 6 April 2018 at Major Cineplex Sukhumvit, Rama 3 & Pattaya

Blackmail is an upcoming 2018 Indian Hindi-language black comedy drama film co-produced and directed by Abhinay Deo, starring an ensemble cast including Irrfan Khan and Kirti Kulhari in the lead roles while Divya Dutta, Arunoday Singh and Omi Vaidya in supporting roles, produced under T-Series Films and RDP Motion Pictures banners. The first teaser of the film was released on 13 February 2018 and is scheduled to release on 6 April 2018. The official trailer of the film was released on 21 February, 2018. The film depicts life of a middle-aged married-man stuck in a full day-time job and unexciting life but things turn after he finds that his wife is having an extramarital affair.

Genres: Comedy
Director: Abhinay Deo
Writers: Parveez Sheikh
Release Date: 6 April 2018
Stars: Irrfan Khan, Kirti Kulhari, Arunoday Singh, Urmila Matondkar

Hichki releasing on 23rd March 2018 at Major Cineplex Sukhumvit, Rama 3 & Pattaya

Hichki (Hiccup in English) is an upcoming Indian Bollywood drama film, directed by Sidharth P Malhotra and produced by Maneesh Sharma and Aditya Chopra under the banner of Yash Raj Films.

“Hichki” is a story about a woman who turns her most daunting weakness into her biggest strength. Naina Mathur (Rani Mukerji) is an aspiring teacher who suffers from Tourette Syndrome. After several interviews and numerous rejections, she lands her dream job as a full-time teacher in one of the most elite schools in the city. However, she soon realises that the class she has been assigned comprises of defiant and impish students who can’t seem to keep out of trouble. Despite a few initial hiccups, Naina must do whatever she can to ensure that her students realise their true potential, and defy all the odds against them.

The film is an adaptation of Hollywood film Front of the Class (2008), which itself was based on the book, Front of the Class: How Tourette Syndrome Made Me the Teacher I Never Had by Brad Cohen, of which Yash Raj Films acquired the rights.. The film stars Rani Mukerji in the lead role of a teacher having Tourette syndrome. The film’s trailer was launched on December 19, 2017 and was attached to the movie Tiger Zinda Hai. The film will be released on 23 March 2018.) is an upcoming Indian Bollywood drama film, directed by Sidharth P Malhotra and produced by Maneesh Sharma and Aditya Chopra under the banner of Yash Raj Films. The film is an adaptation of Hollywood film Front of the Class (2008), which itself was based on the book, Front of the Class: How Tourette Syndrome Made Me the Teacher I Never Had by Brad Cohen, of which Yash Raj Films acquired the rights. The film stars Rani Mukerji in the lead role of a teacher having Tourette syndrome. The film’s trailer was launched on December 19, 2017 and was attached to the movie Tiger Zinda Hai. The film will be released on 23 March 2018.

 

‘Padmavat’ releasing on 25th January 2018

Padmavati, also known as Padmavat is an upcoming Indian Hindi-language epic period drama film directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali. The film features Deepika Padukone in the title role as Rani Padmavati, alongside Shahid Kapoor as Maharawal Ratan Singh and Ranveer Singh as Sultan Alauddin Khilji. Aditi Rao Hydari, Jim Sarbh, Raza Murad and Anupriya Goenka feature in supporting roles. Based on the epic poem Padmavat (1540) by Malik Muhammad Jayasi, the film narrates the story of Padmavati, a legendary Rajput queen who committed jauhar to protect herself from Khilji, a ruthless Muslim king.
Set in 1303 AD medieval India, Padmavati is the story of honour, valour and obsession. Queen Padmavati is known for her exceptional beauty along with a strong sense of justice and is the wife of Maha Rawal Ratan Singh and pride of the Kingdom of Chittor, a prosperous kingdom in the north-west of India. The legend of her beauty reaches the reigning sultan of Hindustan – Allaudin Khilji. The sultan who is a tyrant is fixated on wanting anything that is of exceptional beauty for himself. He lays siege on the impregnable fortress of Chittorgarh. After a gruelling 6 months, He returns back to Delhi empty-handed. This becomes obsessed and now wants to capture Chittor and its Queen at any cost. He returns back with a bigger army and raging fury. He attacks Chittor with brutal force and a bloody and fearsome battle takes places between the righteous Maha Rawal Ratan Singh defending his kingdom and the honour of his queen and Sultan Alauddin Khilji. Khilji manages to breach the fortress but in vain as the Queen chooses to make the ultimate sacrifice to protect her dignity.
Initial release: January 25, 2018
Director: Sanjay Leela Bhansali
Featured song: Ghoomar
‘PADMAN’ releasing on 25th January 2018  at Major Cineplex Sukhumvit, Rama 3 & Pattaya

Pad Man is a fictionalized account of Padmashri Arunachalam Muruganatham, the man who revolutionized the manufacture of the low cost sanitary napkin in India. Lakshmi is a newly married, humble welder from a rural village in the heart of India. Lakshmi’s incredible journey starts when he is shocked to discover that his wife uses an unhygienic cloth during her periods. Unable to afford a branded pad, he decides to make a sanitary pad himself. After several attempts, his irate wife refuses to be a part of his experiments. Lakshmi’s love and concern for his wife, his determination to make the pad, leads him into situations that cause so much shock and embarrassment that it compels his wife to leave him and his village to banish him. Lakshmi doesn’t give up. His simplicity of thought, his resilience, his focus and his complete disregard for convention finally leads him to his destiny. A machine that can make a pad! The revolution that follows from spreading menstrual hygiene, to empowering women, to starting mini cooperatives, to a vision of making India a 100% Pad using country, to accolades, to international glory and to a final resolution of his personal life, makes the rest of the feature PAD MAN. His journey to make India a 100% pad using country goes on – even today.

Release: January 25, 2018

Director: R. Balki

Music composed by: Amit Trivedi

Production company: Columbia Pictures

Producers: Akshay Kumar, Gauri Shinde, Twinkle Khanna, Prashant Shah

“Fukrey Returns”  releasing on 8th December 2017 at Major Cineplex Sukhumvit, Rama 3 & Pattaya

Fukrey Returns is an upcoming 2017 Indian buddy comedy film, directed by Mrighdeep Singh Lamba, produced by Farhan Akhtar and Ritesh Sidhwani. The film is the sequel to 2013 film Fukrey. Being one of the most anticipated films of 2017, it is set to release on 8 December 2017.

Directed by
Mrighdeep Singh Lamba
Produced by
Farhan Akhtar
Ritesh Sidhwani
Written by
Vipul Vig,
Mrighdeep Singh Lamba
(additional screenplay)

Starring – Pulkit Samrat, Manjot Singh, Ali Fazal, Priya Anand, Richa Chadha, Vishakha Singh. Pankaj Tripathi

Music by
Sameer Uddin,
Ram Sampath,
Prem-Hardeep, Sumeet Bellary
Cinematography
Andre Menezes
Edited by
Yashashwini Y.P
Anand Subaya
Production company
Excel Entertainment
Distributed by
AA Films
Zee Studios
Release date
8 December 2017

‘Padmavati’ releasing on 1 December 2017 at Major Cineplex Sukhumvit, Rama 3 & Pattaya

Padmavati is an upcoming 2017 Indian period drama film directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali. The film features Deepika Padukone in the title role as Rani Padmavati, alongside Shahid Kapoor, Ranveer Singh, Aditi Rao Hydari and Jim Sarbh. The film is scheduled for release on 1 December 2017.

Directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali
Produced by

Viacom 18 Motion Pictures
Bhansali Productions

Written by Sanjay Leela Bhansali
Prakash Kapadia

Screenplay by Sanjay Leela Bhansali
Starring Deepika Padukone
Shahid Kapoor
Ranveer Singh
Aditi Rao Hydari
Jim Sarbh
Music by Songs:
Sanjay Leela Bhansali
Background Score:
Sanchit Balhara
Cinematography Sudeep Chatterjee
Edited by Jayant Jadhar
Sanjay Leela Bhansali
Akiv Ali
Production
company

Bhansali Productions
Distributed by Viacom 18 Motion Pictures
Release date

1 December 2017

Running time
193 minutes
Country India

‘Ittefaq’ releasing on 3rd November 2017 at Major Cineplex Sukhumvit, Rama 3 & Pattaya

Ittefaq is an upcoming 2017 Indian thriller film, directed by Abhay Chopra and produced by Red Chillies Entertainment and Dharma Productions. The film is an adaptation of the 1969 film by the same name, directed by Yash Chopra.
The film will star Sidharth Malhotra and Sonakshi Sinha in lead roles.

1 night. 2 murders. 2 suspects. Can Dev connect the dots? Watch the Ittefaq Trailer to find out more. Dev (Akshaye Khanna), a police officer, is investigating a double murder case that has only two witnesses, who are also the prime suspects. The suspects – Vikram (Siddharth Malhotra), an acclaimed writer, and Maya (Sonakshi Sinha), a young homemaker, have different narratives about the events of that fateful night. Both the stories seem true but there can be only one truth. Dev is torn between the two versions of the story, and will not settle till he finds out what happened that night. The film releases in cinemas on 3rd November, 2017.

Directed by: Abhay Chopra

Produced by: Renu Ravi Chopra, Gauri Khan, Karan Johar

Co-Produced by: Gaurav Verma Creative

Producer: Juno Chopra

Written by: Abhay Chopra, Shreyas Jain, Nikhil Mehrotra DOP: Michal Luka

 

‘Judwaa 2’releasing on 29th September 2017 at Major Cineplex Sukhumvit, Rama 3 & Pattaya

Two brothers (twins) born to a honest businessman are separated at birth when their father exposes a smuggling racket and a king pin. One of the brothers is thought to be dead but only resurfaces stronger after living life on the streets to reunite with his family over a sequence of events and twist of fate. Genetically bound by reflexes both the brother’s lives interlink in strange ways and a comedy of errors. They eventually come together to destroy the smuggling nexus and save their family from a downfall that awaits them. Judwaa 2 is a family entertainer produced by Sajid Nadiadwala. Co produced by Fox Star Studios, a Nadiadwala Grandson Entertainment Production, is directed by David Dhawan. It stars Varun Dhawan in a double role alongside Jacqueline and Taapsee. The movie is set to release on Dussehra, 29th September 2017.

Directed by David Dhawan
Produced by Sajid Nadiadwala
Written by Sajid-Farhad (dialogues)
Screenplay by Yunus Sejawal
Starring Varun Dhawan
Jacqueline Fernandez
Taapsee Pannu
Music by Sajid-Wajid,
Meet Bros,
Sandeep Shirodkar,
Anu Malik
Cinematography Ayananka Bose
Edited by Ritesh Soni
Production
company

Nadiadwala Grandson Entertainment
Distributed by Fox Star Studios
Release date
29 September 2017
Country India
Language Hindi

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