102 Not Out is about two very old men—a happy centenarian and his grumpy septuagenarian son.
Starring: Amitabh Bachchan, Rishi Kapoor, Jimit Trivedi Director: Umesh Shukla India release date: May 04, 2018 Genre: Comedy Language: Hindi Duration: 1 hour, 42 mins
“A part of me was grateful that a film about two ordinary, old men exists. Cinema, the world over, is obsessed with youth and beauty. We don’t see wrinkles and failing bodies often enough. It’s almost as if filmmakers have made a pact to pretend that we aren’t all heading to this stage.”
“Few films bother to explore this relationship from the point of middle-aged sons and their over-the-hill fathers. Although it’s not an entirely unexplored territory if you consider the dramatic dispute between Prithviraj and Raj Kapoor in Kal Aaj Aur Kal, the silly banter outlining Shammi Kapoor and Anupam Kher’s camaraderie in Aur Pyaar Ho Gaya and the plausible ups and downs impacting Adil Hussain and Lalit Behl’s bond in the profound, poignant Mukti Bhawan. The only difference here is 102 Not Out believes in treating age as a purpose instead of a dead-end.”
“No doubt it’s great to see a film about two old people with unseemly paunches, bad hair, heavily wrinkled faces, dressed in slept-in clothes and not doing much, as all old people, if lucky, should get to do. But we have seen both Bachchan and Kapoor in that avatar in better films (Piku especially, and in Kapoor & Sons) before this.”
“The primary issue is that 102 Not Out is too static. This lack of dynamism is both physical – with the Vakharias cooped up inside their bungalow for most of the film, giving away the film’s theatrical origin – and emotional, since the film never goes anywhere, except for the older man becoming more and more overt in his emotional manipulation, something that may also be said for Shukla.”
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