6-Amino-5-cyano-2-oxo-N-(pyridin-2-yl)-4-(p-tolyl)-2H-[1,2'-bipyridine]-3-carboxamide and 6-amino-5cyano-4-(4-fluorophenyl)-2-oxo-N-(pyridin-2-yl)-2H-[1,2'-bipyridine]-3-carboxamide were synthesized through three-component reaction between N-1,N-3-di(pyridin-2-yl)-malonamide, aldehyde and malononitrile in water using triethylamine as a base at room temperature. Synthesized compounds were characterized by using different techniques (FT-IR, NMR and X-ray diffraction). Additionally, the mentioned compounds were investigated by computational chemistry methods. Obtained results were supported with calculated results. Additionally, NLO properties and molecular docking analyses of related compounds were examined in detail. The binding modes of the compounds 4a and 4b were explored with the colchicine binding site of tubulin, from molecular docking studies, remarkable interactions have been observed for 4a and 4b near to the colchicines binding site of tubulin that may contribute to the inhibition of tubulin polymerization and anticancer activity. (c) 2019 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.