Movie Review: Nautanki Saala! (2013)

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Picture this: Ram dons Raavan’s avatar. Sita zips off on a scooty with ‘beary’ ‘good friend’ Hanuman. Laksman is out of sight. And a brand new Ramleela plays out; where even the mighty Raavan (with all ten heads) can’t crack his part. Gods must be crazy, alright, in this kalyug ki Ramayan. More comedy, less chastity. More drama, less dagabaaz.

The stage is set and it’s showtime folks. All starting one night when theater actor/director Ram Parmar (Ayushmann) saves a lonely soul, Mandar Lele (Kunaal) from committing suicide. In a godly act, Ram takes on the sole responsibility (no divine intervention, please) of giving loser Lele a new lease of life. Ram trains him to enact (Lord) Ram in his play Raavan-Leela, while he also dramatizes a series of acts to reunite Lele with his estranged lovergal, Nandini (Pooja). Romeo-Juliet RIP! There’s more drama coming up. All hell (or is it heaven) break loose in Ram’s life when he crosses the lakshman rekha. The acts get mixed up, roles reversed; ironically his self-created Ram katha goes kaput, leading to a comedy of errors of ‘epic’ proportions. Call it Act of God if you wish! (Hey, Ram!)


Good Reviews  |  Average Reviews  |  Bad Reviews
Positive Reviews
3.5 “NAUTANKI SAALA! is uncontaminated, witty and amusing, offers an interesting premise with plenty of good laughs.”
Bollywood Hungama
3.5 “This is no Shakespearean act, but there’s enough drama, demons and devtaas to rival our desi phantoms of the operas.”
Times Of India
3.0 “The film deserves full marks for intention, if not for execution. But give me Nautanki Saala! any day after the merciless assault of Himmatwala and Chashme Baddoor!. “
NDTV Movies
3.0 “If you overlook the flaws in the characterization and the too long last 20 minutes of the film, Nautanki Saala! is a pleasant way to spend the weekend.”
3.0 “Nautanki Saala may not be a flawless film but it definitely deserves a watch for its refreshing comedy and delightful performances by the two main lead actors. “
3.0 “This film is an official remake of the same French film Apres Vous.The problems that exist with the original will remain in its remake, which is basically that the story doesn’t really add up.”
Daily Bhaskar
3.0 “Nautanki Saala is a genuine comedy with some incredible performances. Watch this out, if you are looking out for an intelligent, smart comic flick.”
One India
Average Reviews
2.5 “Nautanki Saala’s plot seems better-suited for a sitcom episode.”
2.5 “Director Rohan Sippy’s (Bluffmaster, Dum Maaro Dum) Nautanki Saala is interesting at a concept-level, but falters as a film.”
2.5 “The film’s failed attempts at evoking the audience’s emotions, some flat scenes, cheesy dialogues.”
2.5 “The film has some genuinely hilarious moments but otherwise it’s a terrible drag.”
2.5 “It won’t stand trial among avant garde films as well as it is inspired by the French film “Apres Vous.””
2.5 “Nautanki Saala could have been a great film, but it stops short of crossing that benchmark.”
Negative Reviews

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