Nautanki Sala: What royal waste of time, money and Mr. Khuranna!

Okay, when was the last time I saw  a badly crafted movie? Ah yes, Ek thi Dayan. But it wasn't bad enough to break this writing hiatus of mine on aS and bitch talk about a movie which, in contrast to the sky high pre release  expectations fell on its face onscreen.

That said, I would definitely praise Ayushmann Khuranna for the single handed steer he has given to the otherwise sad movie. He's clearly an actor class apart, and deserves better movies.

Bottomline? The movie's a drag. Reason?

The disasterous acting by the other actors in the movie. All the three ladies disappoint in the acting department, though Evelyn Sharma (Sita) must be given extra brownie points for being the eye candy that she was in the movie.  Gaelyn Mendonca (Chitra) remains confused throughout the movie  although her character at times seems to hint that she was supposed to be the strongest lady in the movie. Pooja Salvi (Nandhini) has been presented as a complete bimbo who is easily manipulated by almost all the male characters in the movie and truth be told she disappoints us in portraying this too.

One spark in the movie was definitely Kunal Roy Kapur, but he has been heavily stereotyped, and at times chokes you with his rotlu fatso image onscreen.

However, the thing that disappoints the most is the way the characters develop. There is no depth in the way things happen, you just can't connect to the way things unfold. Add to that the sporadic scintillations in the form of some motherhood statement-dialogs coming again, which could, on their own be termed brilliant literary pieces, but their timing and way of delivery in the movie kills you.

E.g. "Don't try to play God, Ram."
Scene after scene you miserably try to praise the backdrop of theatre and the integration of the Ramayana. I'd just say, the concept was great but the screenplay was badly written and the cast made it even more pathetic. If you haven't watched this movie, please don't; and if you have, well, shit happens.

Alok K.
Sunday, April 27th, 2013

P.S. and no, the 'Dhak Dhak karne laga' song is not shown in the movie save a couple of scenes with Ayushmann and Kunal climbing up to the bimbo's balcony. Another disappointment, but then there's youtube. ;)


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