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 All Is Well.
Like Shukla’s two feature films so far, the controversial Oh My God and All Is Well, 102 Not Out will be based on a hit Gujarati play of the same title, written and directed by Somya Joshi,who will also script the film for Umesh.
The story is about the 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 a cautious one. While Big B will be using intricate prosthetics to look 102 for 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.
Prior to Ajooba, Big B and Rishi were seen together in Manmohan Desai’s hit films Amar Akbar Anthony, Naseeb and Coolie. In all these films, they were seen as brothers. It will 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 Rawal, who opted out due to his political commitments to the BJP.