26 years after they last came together in the Shashi Kapoor directed oddity Ajooba, Amitabh Bachchan and Rishi Kapoor are all set to be reunited, this time as father and son in a unique satirical swipe at the generation gap called 102 Not Out.
The film is to be directed by Umesh Shukla who last directed Big B’s son Abhishek and Rishi Kapoor in All Is Well. Like Shukla’s two feature film so far, OMG Oh My God and All Is Well, 102 Not Out would also be based on a hit Gujarati play entitled 102 Not Out , written and directed by Somya Joshi who will also script the film for Umesh Shukla.
102 Not Out is the story of 102-year old Dattaraya Vakharia who at his age continues to spin aspirations and dreams, while his cynical son the 75-year old Babu is cautious and cynical.
While Big B will be using intricate prosthetics to look 102 in the father’s role, Rishi Kapoor who effortlessly played a 90-year old man in Kapoor & Sons might not need prosthetic props to look like Mr Bachchan’s 75-year old son.
Amitabh Bachchan and Rishi Kapoor were last seen together in 1991’s Ajooba. Prior to that they were together in Manmohan Desai’s hit films Amar Akbar Anthony, Naseeb and Coolie. In all these films they were seen as brothers. It would be interesting to see them play father and son for a change.
Interestingly, the 75-year old son’s role in 102 Not Out was to be played by Paresh Rawail who opted out due to his political commitments to the BJP. This is not the first occasion when Umesh Shukla’s cinema has been stalled by his actor’s allegiance to the ruling regime. In 2015 Umesh’s All Is Well was stuck when Smriti Irani opted out.