Starring: Ayushmann Khurrana, Kunaal Roy Kapoor, Pooja Salvi, Evelyn Sharma, Gaelyn Mendonca; Abhishek Bachchan in a special cameo
Director: Rohan Sippy
Music: Mikey McCleary along with a host of composers
Nautanki Saala! That’s one thing that strikes your mind after watching an absurd and predictable nautanki that stretches on for far too long. After setting your hopes and expectations high with the comical trailers and melodious songs, Rohan Sippy doesn’t really impress the audience An official remake of a French movie, Après Vous, Nautanki Saala is not one of those buffooneries that will give you a hard laugh, but still tweak your sensibilities. It proves that comedy flicks can be made hilarious even without those cheap antics.
A T-Series and Rohan Sippy production, Nautanki Saala introduces us to Ram Parmar (RP) , a theatre actor and director and Mandar Lele, a depressed loner, whom he befriends accidentally. Ram being the good soul does everything for his friend to bring him back to life. What follows is a hilarious comedy that is a result of the efforts Ram makes for his friend. The story is essentially about the bond of friendship RP and Mandar share.
Ayushmann Khurana, the heartthrob of many young hearts, is absolutely flawless in the movie. He looks amazingly hot and dashing, all set to make your heart skip a beat. He is one actor with extraordinary talent. Kunal Roy Kapoor, also seen in Delhi Belly, is an effortlessly hilarious actor. He is super good in making you laugh, just by his facial expressions. Both the actors are phenomenal in their comic timings. In fact, they are the USP of the movie. Pooja Salvi, a known face of TV commercials and Gaelyn Mendonca, an MTV VJ, make their Bollywood debut with the film. Evlyn Sharma, the pretty face in the movie, is done away with a short role.
The first half of the movie, which is funny and full of humor, will serve you a good time. But the second half will surely give you a hard time. It is unnecessarily stretched and slogs hard testing your patience. The problem with the movie is that it’s good only at some points. It is a goofy kind of a comedy with subtle humor. Despite having a good potential, the script ends up being slow. One of the positive points of the movie are the songs, which have already held a good position on the charts. “Sadi Gali” by Ayushmann himself and “Mera mann” by Falak Shabbir are big hits. The “Dhak Dhak” revised version is one number which will surely make you groove. To conclude, the movie is a one time watch. Go for it to kill time if you have nothing much to do this weekend!
Verdict: Good for all the nautankis out there! :p
Rating: ** and a 1/2