Uplifting, inspiring and emotionally laced, this incident between the icon for the icons Amitabh Bachchan and director of 102 NOT OUT Umesh Shukla is priceless!!.
It happened during the shoot of the unique slice of life cinema 102 NOT OUT starring Amitabh Bachchan and Rishi Kapoor playing 102 and 75 year old father and son respectively.
The makers of 102 NOT OUT and its cast and crew held a special gathering with media and exchanged rare anecdotes with the select media friends. During the ongoing banter with the media fraternity, an emotionally charged incident was shared by Mr.Bachchan and Umesh Shukla that melted our hearts.
The emotionally charged incident in the film when Mr. Bachchan playing Dattatraya Vakharia recollects what happened with his son ‘babu’ Rishi Kapoor to Jimit, the director disclosed that the sequence was a 12 page scene and was needed to be done in one take.
Umesh Shukla said, “The scene required movements and included Mr.Bachchan, Rishi and Jimit at one place. It was emotionally charged and the continuity needed to be maintained in which Mr. Bachchan was doing most of the talking and the camera focusing on the reaction of Rishi Kapoor and Jimit at required time.”
“The scene got over and while watching it on the table with cameramen Laxman Utekar, I felt that somewhere it is appearing a bit blurr” continuing further, the director added, “Though it’s brilliantly done, this will have to be reshot it, I said to the cameramen”. On hearing this, the cameramen Laxman Utekar told me that the blurriness which you are experiencing is due to the moisture in your eyes due to tears, I checked himself and turned back to see the reaction of the unit which was watching it from behind, they were all in tears” concluded the director.
But Mr. Bachchan is Mr. Bachchan and that’s what makes him the icon for the icons, when Umesh Shukla was done with this emotional nostalgia, Mr. Bachchan said that he could have bettered it and even thought of ringing Umesh Shukla at 2:30 a.m. for the same”.
When quipped what was the need to ring Umesh at such time when the scene has gone so well, the icon for the icons replied, “My character Dattatraya Vakharia is a free willing, free flowing individual full of life and vigour, I felt that I should have mellowed down on the emotional outburst in that scene and delivered by reducing the pitch a bit and that would have added more nuance to the scene”.
Incredible!!, a director demands a 12 page shot in one take, the megastar Amitabh Bachchan delivers with panache, the emotionally charged scene is watched by the director with a moist eye and he feels that the camera has got blurred and the capture is not proper. He soon realizes that the scene has done wonders and the entire unit is crying watching it from behind, but the star of the millennium Mr. Bachchan even after making everyone emotional with his brilliance is having a sleepless night and thinks of improving that scene further and thinking of calling his director Umesh Shukla at 2:30 a.m!!.
This incident is a reminder that passion is the only air that makes legends like Mr. Bachchan breathe in and breathe out, a movie like 102 NOT OUT turns out to be wonderful only if it gets made by heart.
Produced by SPE Films India, Treetop Entertainment and Umesh Shukla’s Benchmark Pictures, 102 NOT OUT is a rare celebration of life starring Amitabh Bachchan and Rishi Kapoor in the lead roles along with Jimit Trivedi. Based on Saumya Joshi’s Gujarati play having the same name, the movie is directed by Umesh Shukla.