A 102-year-old Amitabh Bachchan riding an autorickshaw in scene from the film “102 Not Out.” (Sterling Media)
Amitabh Bachchan and Rishi Kapoor agreed to do “102 Not Out” soon after the narration of the script, says director Umesh Shukla.
Billed as the most unusual father-son story, “102 Not Out” is based on playwright Saumya Joshi’s popular Gujarati play of the same name.
“When we narrated the idea to both of them, they said okay to the script within 10 minutes. Once they knew the essence is so good, beautiful and playful, also with lot of depth and emotions, they liked it all,” Shukla told PTI.
The upcoming comedy-drama reunites the powerhouse performers on screen after 27 years.
The two actors have earlier appeared together in films such as “Kabhie Kabhie,” “Amar Akbar Anthony,” “Naseeb,” “Coolie,” and “Ajooba.”
“Their chemistry was great. They both were very comfortable with each other,” Shukla says.
In the trailer, Bachchan is seen as a fun-loving friendly father, while Kapoor appears as a boring son.
“In personal life, Chintuji (Kapoor) is quite reserved and Bachchan sir is very jovial. Both are fun loving persons,” he says.
The “Oh My God” director says the team did extensive research on getting the look right for the two actors.
“A lot of references came from the kind of clothes Gujarati people wear and their appearance, body language, the way they talk, accent,” Shukla says.
The film features Bachchan as a 102-year-old man and Kapoor will play his 75-year-old son.
“I want to tell the audience – live life to the fullest and deal with problems as and when they come. At the age of 80, you can live like a 20-year-old and vice versa. At any age you can be a happy person,” Shukla says. – PTI
Big B’s Cool Rickshaw Ride
In most of his films so far, Amitabh Bachchan has always been seen riding some of the coolest vehicles. In “Sholay,” we saw him riding a quirky bike, in “Don,” a Mustang, and in “Piku” he was seen cycling. In the film “102 Not Out,” the actor will be seen taking a rickshaw ride.
For a scene in the film, the actor was required to take public transport from one location to another. And being the sport that he is, he immediately hopped into the rickshaw and did the shoot. Even though there was a crowd that had gathered to watch the actor shoot, the crew made sure that the shoot wasn’t disrupted and the fans who had come to see the megastar got a glimpse and were also not disappointed.
Speaking about this, director Umesh Shukla says, “At first we were hesitant as the shape of a rickshaw is quite small and we wondered if Mr Bachchan would be comfortable given his tall stature and 6’2 height. However, when we conveyed this to him, he insisted on traveling in the rickshaw and was quite enthusiastic too, reliving his young days! In fact, the entire day we shot in the rickshaw.”
“102 Not Out” is set for release on May 4. – Sterling Media
Watch the trailer here: http://bit.ly/102NotOut-OfficialTrailer