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

‘102 Not Out’ FIRST LOOK out: Amitabh Bachchan and Rishi Kapoor’s old avatars are too adorable to miss!

Big B will be seen playing a 102 year old father to a 75 year-old Rishi in the movie…

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The makers of the film 102 Not Out have unveiled the first look of the film that stars Amitabh Bachchan as a 102 year old dad to his 75 year old son played by Rishi Kapoor. Going by the first look of the film, both the actors look too adorable in their respective ‘old’ avatars.

102 Not Out will be their first outing together in the last 26 years. The movie is supposed to be a romantic comedy-drama based on the plot of a Gujarati play by Soumya Joshi.

The actors have started shooting for the film and hence the makers decided to give us a glimpse into their characters. While this won’t be the first time both of them will be seen in aged characters. While Rishi Kapoor nailed his grandpa act in Kapoor & Sons, Big B has played an aged father in Piku.

A Mumbai Mirror report quoted the film’s director Umesh as saying, “Amitji and Rishiji are collaborating after 26 years. They are playing Gujarati characters for the first time. Being a Gujarati myself, I had certain references in my mind which we used to create their look. The film went on floors on Wednesday as they shot Big B’s introductory scene. The cast and crew will be shooting for the film all over Mumbai till May end and directly resume in July. Umesh and his team wish to wrap the film by July end. From all that has been revealed, it’s a love story between a father and a son.”

Rishi Kapoor even took to his Twitter account and wrote, “Wonderful to work again with the Legendary Amitabh Bachchan. Thank you Amitji, it never felt the 26 years old hiatus.We connected instantly!”

 

‘Reema Lagoo, You’ll Be Missed,’ Tweet Amitabh Bachchan, Rishi Kapoor

Veteran actress Reema Lagoo died of a cardiac arrest in Mumbai’s Kokilaben Hospital on Thursday morning at the age of 59. In a career spanning over four decades, Ms Lagoo had been part of numerous Bollywood hits and television shows. She was an acclaimed Marathi stage artist. Reema Lagoo’s funeral will be held later in the day. On Twitter, Reema Lagoo is being remembered fondly by her colleagues. Actors Amitabh Bachchan, Rishi Kapoor, Akshay Kumar, Priyanka Chopra, Paresh Rawal, Nimrat Kaur and Riteish Deshmukh, and filmmakers Kunal Kohli and Madhur Bhandarkar condoled Reema Lagoo’s death. “Just heard the shocking and unbelievable news about Reema Lagoo’s passing .. such a fine talent and gone so young ! Very SAD !!,” tweeted Mr Bachchan.

Rishi Kapoor, who co-starred with Reema Lagoo in films such as Prem Granth, Shreemaan Aashique and Henna tweeted a picture of the actress from her film Hum Saath Saath Hain and wrote, “RIP. Worked in quite a few films. Reema Lagoo. Good friend. Heartfelt condolences.”

Reema Lagoo was taken to hospital early morning, her family said. “She was complaining of chest pain so we took her to hospital around 1 am. She passed away due to a heart attack around 3.15 am. She was perfectly fine and had no health issues…so it is really shocking for all us that she is no more with us,” Reema Lagoo’s son-in-law told news agency PTI.

Reema Lagoo’s last television show was Naamkaran, in which, she appeared as the antagonist Dayavanti Mehta.Naamkaran was produced by filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt.

Reema Lagoo is best-known for playing the role of a mother in various films. She co-starred with Salman Khan in Hum Aapke Hain Kaun, Hum Saath Saath Hain and Maine Pyar Kiya. She played Shah Rukh Khan’s mother in Kal Ho Na Ho. Reema Lagoo also worked with some of the biggest stars in the industry like Akshay Kumar, Sridevi and Madhuri Dixit. She won four Filmfare Awards for Best Supporting Actress.

Reema Lagoo’s real name was Nayan Khadbade. She was born to a Marathi actress in 1958. After marriage, she took the name Reema Lagoo. She is survived by daughter Mrunmayee, a theatre actress and director.

(With PTI inputs)

Rishi Kapoor Discharged From Hospital

Rishi Kapoor, who is suffering from dengue and malaria co-infection, has been discharged from the hospital where he was admitted.

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Rishi Kapoor, the evergreen romantic hero, who is presently doing some of the best roles of his career, was down with Dengue and Malaria. He was hospitalized last Wednesday at the Lilavati Hospital. His condition later improved and he was discharged on Thursday.

Even on Wednesday, the Doctor and his wife Neetu Kapoor had informed that his state was not critical when he was admitted and everything was under control. Hence, the actor managed to recover well. He is said to be doing fine and will feel better soon.

Rishi Kapoor was last seen in D-ZDay and Bewakoofiyan. The first one saw him emulate Dawood although director Nikhil Advani denied it, the second featured him as Sonam Kapoor’s father who is doubtful about her choice of husband in Ayushmann Khurrana. Lesser said about the latter is better but D-Day was a good film. We wish him a speedy recovery!

Bewakoofiyaan making part 1: Ayushmann Khurrana, Sonam Kapoor and Rishi Kapoor look promising!

Here’s a video that will give you a generous dose of what goes on behind the scenes to make this slice of life movie Bewakoofiyaan starring Ayushmann Khuranna, Sonam Kapoor and Rishi Kapoor looks highly promising.

Showing at (with Thai & English Subtitles) … Major Cineplex Sukhumvit – 12:00 15:10 18:20 & 21:30 (Theatre 3) – 14th March, 2014

Major Cineplex Central Rama III – 12:00 15:10 18:20 & 21:30 (Theatre 1) – 14th March, 2014

Major Cineplex Pattaya – 20:30 (Theatre 5) 14th, 15th & 16th, 17th, 18th & 19th March, 2014 –

Bewakoofiyaan quick movie review: Sonam Kapoor and Ayushmann Khuranna’s love story is entertaining

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After a lot of promotions, Nupur Asthana’s Bewakoofiyaan starring Ayushmann Khuranna and Sonam Kapoor has released today critic Bhagyashri Pawar is watching the film at the moment.

Talking about the film, Bhagyashri says, “The film begins with Mohit’s (Ayushmann)entry who is learning to drive. Following this, we get to Mayera’s (Sonam) entry. Well, off screen or on screen this Kapoor girl is a brand freak. So far their relationship is cute and so is their chemistry. Soon, Mohit gets promoted and he proposes to Mayera. The girl is on cloud nine after this. Well, this doesn’t last too long as VK Sehgal (Rishi Kapoor) – Sonam‘s father enters the film. Mohit refers his to be father-in-law as Osama for obvious reasons. The movie is entertaining with light jokes and Rishi’s sarcasm keeps you glued to the screen. Mohit has now lost his job and VK Sehgal is doing a background search on him. Lets wait and watch what unfolds after this.”

Keep watching this space for full review.

Showing at … Major Cineplex Sukhumvit – 12:00 15:10 18:20 & 21:30 (Theatre 3) – 14th March, 2014

Major Cineplex Central Rama III – 12:00 15:10 18:20 & 21:30 (Theatre 1) – 14th March, 2014

Major Cineplex Pattaya – 20:30 (Theatre 5) 14th, 15th & 16th March, 2014

Bewakoofiyaan – An upcoming film by Yash Raj Films starring Sonam Kapoor, Ayushmann Khurrana & Rishi Kapoor

BEWAKOOFIYAAN

BEWAKOOFIYAAN, a contemporary slice of life story which turns set notions about relationships on their head is directed by Nupur Asthana and has been written by the versatile writer/director Habib Faisal. The film is produced by Aditya Chopra. This is Nupur’s second film for the Studio, after her successful directorial debut last year with Mujhse Fraaandship Karoge, under the Y-Films banner.

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Major Cineplex Sukhumvit –  12:00 15:10 18:20 & 21:30 (Theatre 3) – 14th March, 2014

Major Cineplex Central Rama III – 12:00 15:10 18:20 & 21:30 (Theatre 1) – 14th March, 2014

Major Cineplex Pattaya – 20:30 (Theatre 5) 14th, 15th & 16th, 17th, 18th & 19th  March, 2014

Plot Outline

Mohit is a marketing whiz kid vying for a step up the career ladder…

Mayera – a financial brain with a penchant for shoes…

They’re a young middle-class corporate couple that’s ambitious and likes the good life too.

They work hard, they party hard.

They’re also passionately in love with each other.

Their belief: You can live on love and fresh air…

Their obstacle: Mayera’s willful bureaucratic father V.K Sehgal.

The obstinate old man believes that only a rich man can bring Mayera happiness and a mid level executive like Mohit simply isn’t good enough!

Exactly how fragile are relationships in these times where consumer lifestyles dictate their very nature and intensity? Who gets the last laugh when recession strikes and the lack of money tests love… credit-card-junkies private-sector Mohit-Mayera; or safe-playing sarkari, V.K. Sehgal?

Happy 61st birthday Rishi Kapoor

Here’s a look at the actor’s top ten films

Mumbai: Veteran actor Rishi Kapoor, who turned 61 on Wednesday, has entertained his fans over the years with comedy and romantic roles. Here’s looking at the ageless entertainer’s 10 best films:

Mera Naam Joker (1970): This is where Rishi Kapoor’s astounding journey as a star-actor began. Playing an adolescent who has a serious crush on his school teacher (Simi Garewal), Rishi, at 14, won his first National Film Award. Looking at his performance, under father Raj Kapoor’s direction, even today you feel that he got the confusions of sexual awakening in his character dead right.

Bobby (1973): From here onwards Rishi’s struggle to make his presence felt in heroine-oriented film began. Whether it was “Bobby” or Barood” (1976), the directors focused on the heroine, while Rishi made his presence felt as best as he could. While Dimple Kapadia played the author-backed role in Bobby, Rishi was amazing in his confidence level while portraying the rich, introvert and neglected child of irresponsible parents.

Rafoo Chakkar (1975): Delightful in drag, Rishi simply stole the show with Paintal playing his farcical foil. And yes, wife Neetu Singh was around too. Narendra Bedi directed this enjoyable desi version of “Some Like It Hot”. Amazingly, decades later Paintal son Hiten Paintal played Rishi’s son Ranbir’s pal in “Bachna Ae Haseeno” (2008). But the chemistry was not the same.

Laila Majnu (1976): One of Rishi’s greatest performances. As the legendary lover, he absolutely lived the pain, agony and suffering of the character in the sand dunes of Rajasthan. H.S. Rawail directed this film. Madan Mohan songs like “Barbaad-e-mohabbat ki dua saath liye ja” were put across by Rishi with intense passion. Simply breathtaking.

Amar Akbar Anthony (1977): Playing Akbar in the film where Amitabh Bachchan’s Anthony clearly had an edge, Rishi’s qawwallis “Parda hai parda” and “Taiyyab ali pyar ka dushman” stole the show. No matter how brief his role, Rishi always has fun with it.

Sargam (1979): Armed with a dafli and oozing a rustic charm as a love-smitten villager, who wants nothing but to see the object of his adoration (actress Jaya Prada) happy, Rishi re-defined the do-gooder hero’s space in Hindi cinema by making the character believable and vulnerable. Another very accomplished performance.

Karz (1980): The ultimate rockstar act in the fulsome musical by Subhash Ghai. No one could take to the dance floor the way he did. Not even his very talented son. In this film on the theme of reincarnation, Rishi took sweet revenge on his school teacher from “Mera Naam Joker” Simi.

Prem Rog (1982): Another heroine-centric film where director Raj Kapoor focused entirely on young widow Padmini Kolhapure’s plight. And yet as her silent supporter and sympathiser, Rishi excelled far beyond the script. Watch his expressions during the song “Yeh pyar tha ya kuch aur tha” during Padmini’s marriage. You’d know why many consider Rishi the best actor of the Kapoor clan. Ek

Chadar Maili Si (1986): One of Rishi’s most underrated performances, here he was cast as Triloka, a rustic Punjabi youngster forced to marry his Bhabhi (sister-in-law) Hema Malini who is 10 years his senior. Adapted from literateur Rajinder Singh Bedi’s short story, this bold film remains memorable for giving Rishi a chance to explore something beyond his usual rom-com space.

Khoj (1989): At a time when he played loverboy roles, Rishi took a grand risk with this role of a man who murders his own wife. But shhhh! We don’t know that until the end. And as we all know, ‘The End’ is a long way off from Rishi’s exceptional career. IANS

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