Although Umesh Shukla’s 102 Not Out, a dramedy on the age-old conflict between the oldest man in India and his 75-year old son , has lost its release date to Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Padmavati on December 1, there is no acrimony in the director’s attitude.
“We’re all part of the same family,” says Umesh Shukla emotionally, “We don’t need to fight over release dates.I don’t mind making way for Padmavati. I was in the loop about the postponement of Padmavati by two weeks and its imminent clash with our film with the Padmavati producers Viacom 18 Motion Pictures who are our friends and my producers T Series. We could have still come on 1 December. Padmavati and our film 102 Not Out are completely different in every possible way.We could’ve easily come on the same Friday without coming in one another’s way.”
So what stopped Umesh and his producers from adhering to the original December 1 release plan?
“We aren’t ready yet.Because of the excessive rains this monsoon and because 102 Not Out is located entirely in Mumbai, we have been delayed. I still have eight days of shooting left. I will complete the shooting in October and then we will decide a new release date,” says Umesh , promising that the new release date won’t be very far from December 1.
Umesh Shukla feels it is better not to rush-release. “No one is running away to anywhere. It doesn’t matter when you release a film as long as it is a work worth watching, audiences will see it. That’s my firm belief.”