The film has been inspired the French comedy movie Apr egrave s Vous of a decade back and been filled up with Indian characters and settings and interestingly

Nautanki Saala- Theatricals Galore! Movie Review

Nautanki Saala- Theatricals Galore! Movie Review Hindi
Review for the film " Nautanki Saala"
Runtime: 2 Hours 10 Minutes
Certificate: UA
Released: 12-04-2013
Genre: Comedy, Romance
3 / 5.0

The film has been inspired the French comedy movie Après Vous of a decade back and been filled up with Indian characters and settings, and interestingly with the main characters picking up their names from the Ramayana. Of course, this is not the first instance of French humour inspiring an Indian film – even as far back as 1974 the multi starrer “ Manoranjan” was based on the famous musical Irma La Douce. The humour here is not slapstick, but subtle and mostly situation and circumstance based.

Plot: The central characters are Ram Parmar (RP), played by Ayushmann Khurrana, in the character of an established theater personality, currently playing the role of Ravana; and Mandar Lele, played by Kunaal Roy Kapur. They become friends through very strange circumstances. While Ram himself was struggling with his personal life, having had a series of rapid breakups, Mandar was about to end his own life due to his severance of relations with his beloved Nandini.

Being a do-gooder, RP not only accommodates Mandar and casts him in the role of Lord Rama in his own play, but also tries to get Nandini and Mandar together again. In the process, however, he himself develops a weakness for Nandini and at the same time has to bluff his own steady girlfriend Chitra ( Gaelyn Mendonca) and another friend Sita ( Evelyn Sharma). Over time, Chitra severs her relations with RP, while Mandar regains his normalcy. At this point it dawns on Ram that he is being treacherous with his friend and breaks-off with Nandini, trying once again to re-unite her with Mandar. Things, however, get soured when Mandar comes to know about Nandini and RP. Ultimately, Ram loses not only Mandar, but also Chitra and Sita, and, of course, Nandini. The events wrap up finally with a twist after RP seeks forgiveness from all of them whom he had hurt. Mandar returns the favours of his friend RP by uniting him with Nandini while he himself comes back to RP’s theater, but this time as Hanuman, and picks up Sita to be his life companion.

Review: Although director Rohan Sippy has to be content with a team of new comers, he handles the ingredients well, working his way up from the borrowed French content, and deftly modifying it for the Indian tastes, shifting the actions from the arena of a restaurant to that of the theater. By not getting into high-pitched drama and keeping the movie on an even keel, with a dash of comedy woven around the plot, Sippy enhances the overall light-hearted nature of the film.

Star Performances: Both lead actors Anshuman and Kunal portray their roles exceptionally well - with Anshuman once again doubling up as his own playback. The aspect which highlights the performances in a better light is the clever segregation of roles of the lead actors, giving each of them the space they need. The performances of the female characters, however, cannot match those of the male leads, with even the script giving them lesser prominence. Sanjeev Bhatt in the role of the producer of the theater, however, brings in a healthy bout of uproarious laughter in several scenes, breaking the complexity of the love tangles. It is not surprising that the film reserves due importance for its soundtracks, produced as it is by the T-Series group. With its huge repertoire of previous hits, T Series uses retro versions of previous numbers along with some new ones churned out by a bevy of music directors, as is the common pattern in current movies.

Verdict: Not being a film that is heavy to follow, and the plot flowing easily, it is a film that is quite entertaining and worth watching for a large segment of movie goers.