Nautanki Saala! - Notepad

wogma rating: Watch when on TV (?)
quick review:

Nautanki Saala! Makes you want to believe that lovely performances by two lead characters, witty dialogue and a philosophical concept delivered with humor would be enough to make a film rise above the ordinary. Unfortunately it is matched by plastic/caricaturish performances by the rest of the cast, some slapsticky humor and a run down south towards a typical climax.



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Plot Summary

Ram (Ayushman Khurana) saves a stranger, Mandar (Kunal Roy Kapoor) who is trying to commit suicide. A dilemma arises when he tries to patch things up between Mandar and the woman he is in love with, Nandini (Pooja Salvi)

What Worked

  • The titles. Sets the mood for a quirky ride.
  • The nod to Puneri Paatya
  • The hospital receptionist, though it was a tad overdone when repeated the third time.

What did not

Note: This section simply lists the things that I did not like in this movie. This is not the overall impression about this movie. Please read the full review here

  • Mandar's use of Marathi.
  • Mandar's aaji (grandmother) has had a cataract operation and claims to not be able to see, whereas when she takes her black glasses off, only one of her eyes is operated on, the other is just fine!
  • What was aaji's 'dhol' about?
  • The morphine sequence.
  • Lolly's caricaturish character, again overdone.
  • The 'kutta' (dog) scene at the flower shop which involved Lolly.


This section lists things that I think are not important to the overall impact of the movie. In most cases, it could be explained away by something like, "we noticed the glitch after the scene was shot and there were schedule/budget issues and thus we could not re-shoot it". I like giving the makers the benefit of doubt, but I am amused nevertheless. Hopefully, they will tickle you too.

  • The continuity jerk when Ram and Mandar parked on a highway and suddenly they meet with an accident on a city road.