102 Not Out
Getting Rishi Kapoor and Amitabh Bachchan together in today’s times must have been thought by quite a few directors, I guess, but getting them in suitable roles might have posed as a challenge for them.
Set in good ol’ Vile Parle East, the story is about Dattatraya Vakharia (Bachchan) and his son, Babulal Vakharia (Kapoor). It is as simple as that. A story which shows that the job of a father caring for his son, never stops.
The beauty of this film and its subject is that it does show today’s reality, but never gets preachy about it. So you wont come back from the theatre feeling a lump in your heart about the lives of your parents or any guilt trips of any kind. Cos, if you feel with the subject of the film, you will act on it. As simple as that.
Now there are a few odd issues with the final product, the fluctuating accent of Bachchan, which at times goes from intended Gujarati to Bengali and the theatre style Gujarati which Kapoor breaks out into at times. Also, there is no proper explanation that how do the father son geriatric duo manage the upkeep of their bungalow and their general lives, not that it mattered but still did raise a point in my head. Could they have had a single lady character in the film maybe, maybe not. Would it have made it just a stick figure or caricaturish, maybe. So that’s why I feel they stuck to the original plot written by Saumya Joshi.
Now enough of trying to find faults in the film. This is a fantastic film. It celebrates life in the manner where you learn to appreciate and enjoy what you have rather than cry and beg for what you want.
Seeing this Amitabh / Rishi duo after almost 27 years, Ajooba 1991 if my memory serves me right, is such a delight. Not only is their comic timing impeccable, but the on screen chemistry that these two still share would give our current lot of bromance buddies, a run for their money.
Whilst Rishi plays the restrained, old man who has accepted the reality of his age but not the reality of his life, Amitabh plays the young at heart father of the old man, who has accepted the reality of life but doesn’t bow down to the reality of his age.
Jimit Trivedi as the handy man, Dhiru, is hilarious. It is not an easy feat to match up to either of these 2 mega stars when they are alone, leave aside this double dhamaka of both together!! And the entire screenplay has Dhiru along with them all the time. Still the man stands out shining with his coconut shine smile and Gokuldhaam accent.
Rishi Kapoor, yet again proves that when good roles are written, he can deliver effortlessly. The initial irritation and the eventual transformation are so well enacted by him that one tends to forget that he had a hunch in the beginning.
Amitabh Bachchan, playing a 102 year old man, gets his mannerisms bang on. You will notice it, no doubt. King of monologues, he delivers 2 powerful ones in the film and they will move you.
But the best part of the film and full marks to Umesh Shukla for that, is the chemistry between Rishi/ Amitabh. Worth your while anytime. Not to forget good ol’ Jimit…
Does it have The Y Factor : YES
RATING : 4/5