Abhishek Bachchan attended a special screening of Umesh Shukla's directorial 102 Not Out in Juhu, Mumbai. Abhishek was accompanied by his wife Aishwarya Ray Bachchan and maternal grandmother Indira Bhaduri. Ranbir Kapoor and other popular Bollywood stars were also in attendance. The film stars stalwarts Amitabh Bachchan and Rishi Kapoor. Pics/Yogen Shah
102 Not Out, starring Amitabh Bachchan and Rishi Kapoor in lead roles is based on the eponymous Gujarati play written by Saumya Joshi. Big B plays an 102-year-old man intent on breaking the world record for the oldest person in the world, while Rishi plays his 75-year-old son. Both actors are reuniting on screen after a gap of 27 years
Ranbir Kapoor arrives at the screening of Umesh Shukla's 102 Not Out. Ranbir has been receiving rave reviews for his look and performance in the teaser trailer of Sanju, which released earlier this month. RK plays Sanjay Dutt in the upcoming biopic directed by Rajkummar Hirani, who has previously collaborted with Dutt on several occasions. The film release on June 29th
Director Umesh Shukla's 102 Not Out will also release in Russia on the same day as it will hit the screens in India on May 4. Veteran actor Rishi Kapoor, who will be seen sharing screen space with megastar Amitabh Bachchan after two decades, took to Twitter to announce about the film's international release tweeting, "Our film releases in Russia on May 4, 2018 also. Enjoy!" Pictured: Abhishek Bachchan with grandmother Indira Bhaduri and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan at the screening
Director Umesh Shukla says it was a dream come true moment for him to have versatile actors like Amitabh Bachchan and Rishi Kapoor in 102 Not Out. The director says it did not take long to convince Bachchan in the role of a fun-loving centenarian and Kapoor as his grumpy 75-year-old son. Pictured: Abhishek Bachchan with grandmother Indira Bhaduri and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan at the screening
"I had told Abhishek Bachchan that I would like to meet Bachchan sir. He arranged a meeting. When I met him, it was a dream come true moment. I was nervous initially. When I first told him about the hook 'about a father sending his son to old age home'. He immediately said yes, said Umesh Shukla. Pictured: Abhishek Bachchan with grandmother Indira Bhaduri and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan at the screening
"We were thinking about Rishi ji for the role of the son. Bachchan sir was excited as he said in the past they had either played brothers or friends." Kapoor also liked the premise of the story. "I am glad and fortunate to have this jodi (pair)," Umesh Shukla said during the launch of the song Badumbaa last week. Pictured: Abhishek Bachchan with grandmother Indira Bhaduri and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan at the screening
His commendable performances in his films notwithstanding, Ranbir Kapoor has been struggling for that elusive hit of late. While the actor has an enviable line-up of films — Sanju and Brahmastra — we hear that in his bid to strike gold at the box office, he has been meeting a few directors. Luv Ranjan, fresh out of the success of Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety, is apparently one of the filmmakers that he is in talks with
When mid-day reached out to Luv Ranjan, the director said, "Ranbir Kapoor and I have met many times. We are keen on working with each other, but nothing has been finalised. I have taken a break from direction and am currently concentrating on production. Soon, I will announce a couple of projects, only after which will I hit the writing board again. There is still time before anything materialises"
Abhishek Bachchan with 102 Not Out director Umesh Shukla at the film's screening. Shukla initially planned a medley of Bachchan and Kapoor's old songs but Big B wanted a new track as all their previous films had an iconic number. "Bachchan sir said in all the films that he and Rishi sir had done together, there were popular songs like 'Chal Chal Mere Bhai', 'Lambu ji Thingu ji'. So we should also have a song for this film. I initially thought of having medley of all these songs but then Bachchan sir wanted a fresh song," the director added
Umesh Shukla was surprised when Amitabh Bachchan told him that he will compose the song. "I was amazed with his dedication and passion for the film. He knew everything about the film. After the shoot, he used to go to the studio to compose the song. He even made Rishi ji sing the song," he added. Rishi Kapoor said he thoroughly enjoyed doing the song. Pictured: Sikander Kher at the screening of 102 Not Out
Talking about the word Badumbaa, Big B said at the song launch that it comes to his mind during happy moments like the Indian cricket team winning a match. "I wanted to know why people used the word 'yeah' or 'wow' when they are happy. So I came up with this word for happiness," Amitabh Bachchan said. Pictured: 102 Not Out director Umesh Shukla (C) with fellow filmmakers R Balki (L) and Rajkumar Hirani (R).
Abhishek Bachchan had taken a two-year long sabbatical from movies and preferred choosing the right script rather than just signing any movie. The hiatus is finally over and Abhishek is bouncing back with Anurag Kashyap's film, Manmarziyaan, alongside Taapsee Pannu. In an interview with the actor revealed how his family supported him and wife Aishwarya Rai Bachchan was his strength
Abhishek Bachchan spoke about how his family reacted to his decision of a two-year break from movies. "I didn't say I don't want to be an actor anymore, I just said I need to change the kind of films I am doing. It took two years for me to get the right film that I perceived to be the right film... How was it on the family? I spoke to them, I told them and they were very supportive... They were okay with it. I think somewhere they were like 'Okay, one year has gone by, what is this guy doing? I think that's a parental instinct. My wife was fine because I walk my family through everything I do so they are on the same page"
Further speaking of how wife Aishwarya Rai Bachchan resumed work after baby Aaradhya was born, the caring husband said, "When she came back (to movies), she went through the same insecurities of 'Am I gonna be able to do?'. 'Am I gonna pick up where I left off?' 'I am gonna climb that mountain again?'" considers this leap the best thing, he ever did in his career. Abhishek Bachchan was last seen in Sajid Nadiadwala's Housefull 3 (2016). Also pictured: Ranbir Kapoor
Abhishek Bachchan, wife Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Junior B's maternal grandmother Indira Bhaduri, Ranbir Kapoor and other Bollywood celebs attended a special screening of Umesh Shukla's film 102 Not Out in Juhu, Mumbai