102 Not Out starring Amitabh Bachchan and Rishi Kapoor is a story of a father teaching his 75-year-old son a lesson. The life of a parent never changes even at the brink of his death.
Amitabh is seen as the carefree 102-year old father who wants only one thing for his child is to be happy and Rishi Kapoor as the old child who lives by the self-developed rules and survives by medicines. The story starts with an introduction to each character and soon (Bachchan) Datta announces that he will send (Rishi) Babu to an old age home on account of being a stuck up old man. Babu who cannot bear the change of his bedsheet is appalled by the idea of any change in his surrounding.
The film is a short story taking too long to end, without giving the right amount of time to bring alive the emotional fundamentals of the film. The first half mainly focus on the tasks gives by Datta and suddenly shows a change of heart after one trip around town. Even with Bachchan and Kapoor in the frame, the only thing to watch is a few genuine laughs while the most other seem forced. The story does not follow an explained timeframe but uses dialogues to give a subtext throughout the narrative.
The predictable story goes without provoking any emotions from the audience that it aims to with the suspense after revealing Bachchan’s actual purpose in the second half. For a film that talks about living a full life, Umesh Shukla’s 102 Not Out is based on a trivial matter at the base of all issues.
Verdict: A short film taking too long to end.