Reviews & Ratings for
102 Not Out (2018)

Fun. Emotion. Drama. Paisa Wasool. Life Lesson. Two Legends in one frame. Yo!
102NotOut : An unusual story of father and son- is adopted from the successful Gujarati play by the same name, written and directed by Saumya Joshi. Amitabh Bachchan as 102 years old man and Rishi Kapoor as 75 years old man are in the lead, & the film is directed by Umesh Shukla.

Dattatraya Vakhariya wants to break the record of a Chinese man who lived 118 years. He gives two options to his son Babulal Vakhariya to either leave his home and live in an old age home or to change himself into a happy and delightful person by agreeing to his terms! And the film takes its pace after one by another challenges which are given to Babulal.

It is a blessing to watch both the legends on the same screen! They are back after 27 years! Amitabh Bachchan plays his role brilliantly. And I know, you are bored of reading this line in every film of his! Rishi Kapoor gives one of the best performances of his career. The pair of these two is fabulous. One more actor is there to entertain you- Jimit Trivedi. Every Gujarati movie lover knows him well because of Gujjubhai Movies. He plays a character of Dhiru with great conviction. His wit is quite enough for audiences to laugh out loud. Especially, the scene of him describing Bamboo trees!

Post interval, many scenes are full of emotion. I have seen the play three times. Each time I've enjoyed it a lot. Despite the fact that I knew what's going to happen next, I cried a lot in post interval! And that is unbelievable...! This can only happen if actors are creating some magic. Even I can also say that the script is also well developed, that every time you can feel the emotion. Now, it is clear on my mind that I love cinema more than theatre, so for me Today is the realization day! Thanks to 102 not out. And special thanks to the background music team, for providing suitable environment.

Just two songs are there- Kulfi & Bachche Ki Jaan, which are suitable to the flow. The usage of old Hindi movie songs are fantastic. Zindagi Mere Ghar Aana and Waqt Ne Kiya Haseen Sitam are still fresh. Like it is shown in film, just try these songs on speaker in night to feel the magic. I can give you my guarantee that if you do it once, you'll do it more often.

Umesh K Shukla has done a good job. Pulling of a script based on a play and that too on such a high level is not an easy task. Editing is crisp. Usage of cartoons are commendable. Set design is as per the script. Costumes are well and good. The Happy Street scene at the end is fantastic. I feel that there are some scenes where characters are happy and celebrating, but as an audience, we get tears in eyes. This scene is one of them! I can not explain in words that how was I feeling at the time when Bachchan and Kapoor were dancing in the rain. Uff...

'Aulaad Agar Nalayak Nikale, To Usey Bhool Jana Chahiye... Sirf Unka Bachpan Yaad Rakhna Chahiye!' - There are many well written dialogues in the film by Saumya Joshi. The love letter scene is too good! As well as the church scene. I must say here that Rishi Kapoor has delivered a very strong performance.

Word of mouth will become this Amitabh-Rishi starrer film's main weapon to destroy Thanos and it'll run successfully at Box Office. Gujaratis do watchout this film for its Gujarati elements. You will never regret of giving your 102 minutes to this wonderful movie- 102 not out. So, go for it guys, learn to live life thoroughly... Yo!
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102 minutes well spent
102 Not Out is a film directed by Umesh Shukla. The trailers of the film impressed me and I was looking forward to watch this film. Finally, I watched this film and was totally impressed.

Plot: Dattatraya Vakharia decides to send his son Babulal to an old age home if he doesn’t fulfill some of his conditions.

Story and direction: The film’s strong point is its writing. Saumya Joshi (who adapted it from his own Gujurati play) has proved to be a very nice writer as his voice is heard in almost every scene. The film knows how to balance its light-hearted and dramatic moments. I laughed hard durimg the funny moments and became emotional during the dramatic ones. And that comes when the writer and director are on the same page (that was the very case in this film). In each and every condition that Dattatraya keeps, an important life lesson is learnt that is applicable in real life too. There was never a dull moment in its 102 minute runtime. The characters are so awesome and real, that you feel the emotions they are going through in a particular scene. A department that deserves full credit is the make-up department. The actors did look convincing as 102 and 75 year olds. However, the film does have its flaws. There are many scenes which felt like product placement. It felt very annoying. Also, the climax of the film felt clichéd and guessed from a mile away.

Performances: This film is filled with award winning performances. Starting with the evergreen, Amitabh Bachchan. This man just goes on to defy every norm and rule of acting and delivers a great performance in each film. He also nailed the Gujurati accent. Rishi Kapoor in the couple of years has redefined himself in his career and this film will go down as one of his gems in his illustrious career. Complementing these 2 stars is a mammoth task which Jimit Trivedi did fantastically. He was awesome and one of the shining elements of this film.

Music: The film has 3 music directors composing for 6 songs. But each of the songs sits comfortably in the scenes. My favourite was ‘Kulfi’by Sonu Nigam. That song was just awesome.

Favorite Scene: I won’t say much but this is the one where all the 3 central characters are involved and the song ‘Waqt ne Kiya’ plays. After that, there is dialogue that made me emotional and struck my heart with a lighning bolt.

Verdict: Do watch this film not for some amazing performances, but a heartfelt story.

I am going with an 8/5/10.
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Dattatraya Vakhariya is a 102-year-old man who lives with his 75-year-old son, Babulal. Dattatraya, who lives like a youngster, wants to break the world record for the oldest man living on earth.
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