102 Not Out: Rishtey Mein Toh Hum Tumhare Baap Lagte Hain, Kaam Hai Nagging

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102 Not Out: Rishtey Mein Toh Hum Tumhare Baap Lagte Hain, Kaam Hai Nagging

Illustration: Arati Gujar

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here’s a scene early on in Umesh Shukla’s 102 Not Out that betrays the film’s manipulative “It’s all about loving your family” message.

A disgruntled 75-year-old Babulal Vakharia (Rishi Kapoor), a former Mathematics professor and son to the annoyingly enthusiastic 102-year-old Dattatraya Vakharia (Amitabh Bachchan, vying for the award of “Best Performance in Hamming”), is forced to write a love-letter to his dead wife. It’s part of a challenge Datta has thrown at Babu to liven him up and “change” his deadpan, hypochondriac son for the better. After Babu finishes the letter, Datta decides to read it out, only to discover that years of a son’s repressed rage at his overbearing father has made its way to the letter in the choicest expletives possible. Naturally, the film sugarcoats this moment as a comical scene, but it’s apparent that it is essentially a warning on the perils of parental selfishness.

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