STARRING: AYUSSHMAN KHURANA, KUNAL ROY KAPOOR, POOJA SALVI, EVELYN SHARMA
DIRECTOR: ROHAN SIPPY
Rohan Sippy’s latest endeavour Nautanki Saala in the initial reels shows a lot of potential but the laid back pacing and stubbornly stagnant screenplay puts the film on a tight leash and never lets it actually soar. The director has tried and kept the humour subtle and frothy but it fails to hold your attention throughout the film. It is one of those films which could have been so much more but at the end falls prey to usual Bollywood clichés and melodrama.
An official remake of French movie ‘Apres Vous’ it is a fairly new concept for Bollywood. To give credit where it’s due, Rohan Sippy gives the film a sweet and fresh look. Be it the overall look of the film, the characters or the feel, everything is beautifully pleasant and refreshing. He has tried to keep the humour light and is a welcoming change from what the audiences are subjected to these days in the name of comedy. A few of the sequences work tremendously well and brings the house down. Note the sequence of Kunal Roy Kapoor’s audition for the play and the Ayushman’s sequences with Kunal’s grandmother. The climax is also smartly executed.The songs gel well with the mood of the film and are light to the ears.
On the flipside the amount of attention the director gives to the ambience of the film, one really wishes that he could have given same eye to detail in the scripting department. The script has got the right ingredients and promises a fun ride but the screenplay turns it into a stretched and a jarred affair. The characters though well thought of lack substance. Lot of their moves looks sudden and under explained. Like when Ayushman finds the character of Kunal, the motivation behind what makes him help the guy to such extent was unconvincingly explained and the camaraderie between the principal characters should also have been given a chance to develop. Same goes for the love story which is completely unripe and also the path of melodrama the film ventures into towards the end is completely unwarranted and plays a spoilsport.
The two lead actors do a wonderful job. Ayushman Khurana is a tremendous talent and suits the character to the T. Same for Kunal Roy Kapoor who makes you feel sorry for him and at the same times makes you laugh. The heroines unfortunately are terribly lackluster and unimpressive.
Nautanki Saala had everything going for it with great actors, good music a good story to tell until its execution played the spoilsport. It’s refreshingly different yet stretchy and sometimes boring. Watch it only if you are bored of the IPL and hate staying at home.
also published in Times of Oman.