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Nautanki Saala! Review

Nautanki Saala Rating: 2.66/5

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Ratings:2/5  Review By:  Rajeev Masand  Site:CNN IBN (IBNLive)

Although intended as a farce, the film is never as outrageous as it needs to be, settling instead for the kind of inoffensive silliness that’s often plain boring. What sucks the soul out of Nautanki Saala is the unfathomable casting of the vapid female lead. Newcomer Pooja Salvi is about as expressive as a sack of grains. I’m going with two out of five for Nautanki Saala. Sippy never brings the lightness of touch needed to pull off this kind of film. Like the title suggests, it’s all empty theatrics. And wait, the film also has the unique distinction of capturing one of the longest on-screen smooches in a long time…shot in such excruciating close-up that you might throw up your lunch.

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Ratings:3.5/5  Review By:  Taran Adarsh  Site:Bollywood Hungama

An official remake of the French film APRES VOUS [2003], NAUTANKI SAALA! is *not* another slapstick comedy that uses every trick in the book to make you laugh. On the contrary, the humor here is tailored for spectators who love new-age cinema. Rohan steps into a new terrain with NAUTANKI SAALA!, but the plot as well as the situations are so unfussy and uncomplicated and the characters so convincing [and timid too!] that you start taking to the goings-on without much struggle. On the whole, NAUTANKI SAALA! is uncontaminated, witty and amusing, offers an interesting premise with plenty of good laughs. A lightweight fare that caters to cineastes with an appetite for contemporary cinema, this movie ought to be on your ‘to watch’ list for sure!

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Ratings:2.5/5  Review By:  Anupama Chopra  Site:Star World ( Hindustan Times)

Director Rohan Sippy is unable to fully retain the lightness and effervescence of the original. Nautanki Saala! is funny in parts but often it feels stretched and flat, like champagne without the fizz. Nautanki Saala! had all the ingredients of a peppy, amiable comedy but this soufflé doesn’t quite rise. I’m going with two and a half stars. If you must, see it for Kunaal’s performance, the fun music and the superbly garish glimpses of Raavan Leela – that’s a play I want to see.

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Ratings:3.5/5  Review By:  Madhureeta Mukherjee  Site:Times Of India (TOI)

The story is refreshing; the theater-like treatment (sets, props, costumes) is dramatically different. The background score blends smoothly and the quirky humour comes alive in the irony of situations and performances (unlike the monotony of hammy slapstick). The second half slows down with predictable acts, and Ram’s godliness is too unreal, yet making you guffaw like Raavan on steroids.This is no Shakespearean act, but there’s enough drama, demons and devtaas to rival our desi phantoms of the operas.

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Ratings:–  Review By:  Komal Nahta  Site:ETC

The film is based on the French film, Après Vous. The story is quite convoluted and the screenplay doesn’t improve matters either. On the whole, Nautanki Saala! is not a very enjoyable or entertaining fare. The laughter it evokes is not enough for an audience to feel satiated. It has already proved to be a profitable venture for the producers who have pre-sold all the rights but the distributors will not be as lucky.

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Ratings:2.5/5  Review By:  Sukanya Verma  Site:Rediff

Nautanki Saala never really takes off as a full-bodied story. The basic problem here, despite the potential, is the script progresses too slowly.True, there are moments of genuine laughter but this fleeting gratification demands extensive wait and endurance. Sippy punctuates his scenes with too many pauses resulting in a dawdling pace and delayed conflicts, which makes its 130 minutes running time lengthier than it should.Rohan Sippy’s creation shows so much promise and has several moments (even if most of them are featured in its trailer). But the plot seems better-suited for a sitcom episode. As a film the nautanki stretches for too long, saala.

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Ratings:3/5  Review By:  Saibal Chaterjee  Site:NDTV

here is a Mumbai film that is nothing if not different. Nautanki Saala! is character and dialogue-driven rather than action-oriented. The humour flows from the core of the situations and the verbal exchanges. It does not have to fall back on meaningless gags for effect. Even when the pace tends to be sluggish, which is quite often, and the drama appears to flag a bit, the film is never less than interesting in its own genteel way. 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!.

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Ratings:2.5/5  Review By:  Shubhra Gupta Site:Indian Express

the best part about this absurdist lad com by Rohan Sippy, that he is trying something different, and within that, some of it feels fresh and fizzy. But this film is weighed down by its pace and the length. It starts slow and stays slow for much too long. Also, the tonal switches from the absurd to the real make it inconsistent. Sippy has a feel for staging scenes, and some are laugh-out-loud. The idea that true love can be found through such a random route is also nice, and lends the film a pleasing slightness. But the nautanki in this film is an on-off thing. I wish there was much more of it. Two and a half stars.

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Ratings:2.5/5  Review By:  Koimoi Site:Koimoi

What’s Good: Its comic set pieces, acting performances and the visual treats given by its artistic environments. What’s Bad: The film’s failed attempts at evoking the audience’s emotions, some flat scenes, cheesy dialogues. Loo Break: During the second half, before the climax. Watch or Not? The issue with Nautanki Saala is that it is enjoyable in bits, and in parts wherein it isn’t fun, it gets kind of bothering. Ayushmann and Kunaal Roy Kapur pull off superb performances in their respective bids to try and make the film a pleasing experience for all.

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Ratings:2/5  Review By:  Resham Sengar  Site:Zee News

If you put together an absurd and a predictable storyline, adapted by director Ramesh Sippy from Pierre Salvadori’s French play `Apres Vous`, good actors (minus Pooja Salvi) and Abhishek Bachchan in a cameo for some added star attraction, you get a something that can be called `Nautaki Saala`, pegged as a comedy of errors by its makers. True, a `comedy of errors` it is, but the errors outnumber the logic (if any) the film has. By the time the film moves to its climax, you can easily guess what you can see next. Seriously, the climax is downright predictable. Watch ‘Nautanki Saala` only if you really want to.

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Ratings:–  Review By:  Sneha May Francis  Site:Emirates24by7

Rohan Sippy’s ‘Nautanki Saala!’ tweaks our sensibilities and treats us to incredibly clever theatrics. Evidently, reiterating our faith that good humour does not necessarily translate into shameful buffoonery. Rohan layers it with side-splitting comedy, some great lines and incredible performances. It’s no ‘Delhi Belly’ or ‘Vicky Donor’, yet it holds its own with some striking performers and wickedly clever humour If, it’s clean, intelligent fun that you are looking for, then ‘Nautanki Saala!’ is where you need to be headed.

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