Nautanki Saala! - External Reviews

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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37 reviewers have given Nautanki Saala! an average rating of 2.6/5.0 (?)

10 yays
9 nays
18 so-so

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Thumbs up by Anna Vetticad, annavetticadgoes2themovies ...If “arty” can be this funny and this thought-provoking, bring it on!... full review

So-So by Nikhil Kumar, Apun Ka Choice ...Kunaal Roy Kapur, too, is suited for the role of an accident prone guy around whom the universe seems to conspire to bring him harm. At times, his goofy act falls flat and evokes no laughs, but it’s amusing nonetheless.... full review

Thumbs down by Baradwaj Rangan, Blogical Conclusion, The New Sunday Express ...too much metaphorical weight for a farcical comedy, and Nautanki Saala fulfills neither promise – it’s not funny enough, and it’s not deep enough.... full review

So-So by Bobby Sing, Bobby Talks ...after watching its original I was really confused that why Rohan decided to make a remake of just an above average film only which had nothing new in the name of a plot. However now after seeing it, I must say that the director had a confident vision to use all those potential comic instances of the original in a more entertaining manner, resulting in a much better film ahead than its own basic source... full review

So-So by Pooja Rao, Bolly Spice ...Nautanki Saala is a vicious cycle of swallowing the inconsistent soppy romances, hoping you don’t throw up, to waiting for the funny bits to come and trying to hold on to them as long as possible.... full review

Thumbs up by Taran Adarsh, Bollywood Hungama ...uncontaminated, witty and amusing... full review

Thumbs up by Reza Noorani, Bollywood Life ...Nautanki Saala is a clever comedy with some amazing characters.... full review

So-So Buzz in Town ...Ayushmann bequeaths a clenched vitality to his character. Here's an actor who knows how to milk a situation or a line and exactly where to stop before it goes over the top.... full review

Thumbs down by Deepa Gahlot, cinemaah ...Mildly amusing at best, with too many longueurs for its own good, what works in Nautanki Saala is the music, the well shot South Mumbai locations (making Ballard Pier look like Paris, but what’s with the fake painted view?) and Ayushmann Khurrana carrying his share of the burden... full review

Thumbs up by Mayank Shekhar, Daily Bhaskar ... you realise this picture is far better than its plot... full review

Thumbs down by Khalid Mohamed, Deccan Chronicle ...Always a dull moment... full review

So-So by Smita, Desi Martini ...The other problem is the zero chemistry between Ram and Nandini. ... full review

So-So by Rony D'Costa, Desi Martini ...When a 2 hour film feels like a 3 hour film you know there is a problem somewhere. ... full review

Thumbs up by Rachit Gupta, Filmfare ...Ayushmann as the leading man employs underplay and of course the requisite amount of heroic sway and charm needed in the romantic scenes.... full review

So-So by Ravina Rawal, FirstPost ...Unfortunately, the funny bits are so far apart that you get a little impatient. ... full review

Thumbs down Free Press Journal ...Nautanki Saala! tries hard and with little success, to convince us about the destinies of two men getting tied- up in such a way as to make them sudden best friends forever ( BFF) ... full review

So-So by Kritika Deval, ...Although a fair share of the funnies arises from the slaptstick and the border-line crass, most of the humour is rather tongue-in-cheek, the actors inviting you to laugh with them as much as at them. ... full review

So-So ...The play on stage is a smart move; the auditions, the bit parts that immediately jumps onto to real life, the costumes, the comic timing and above all the character who plays the producer of the play.... full review

So-So by Anupama Chopra, Hindustan Times ...Nautanki Saala! has all the ingredients of a peppy, amiable comedy but this soufflé doesn’t quite rise.... full review

Thumbs down by Rajeev Masand, IBN Live ...The film works best in its most zany moments, like the portion where RP mimes words and phrases discreetly to help Mandar get through an acting audition.... full review

So-So by Swati Deogire, ...Even with nautankis aplenty, 'Nautanki Saala!' is a drag... full review

So-So by Shubhra Gupta, indian express ...Rohan Sippy has tried something different... full review

Thumbs down by Gaurav Malani, indiatimes ...Kunal underplays a little too much with his deadpan expressions while Ayushmann's energy doesn't help much either. Both, ham awfully in their drunken scenes... full review

So-So koimoi ...Gaelyn Mendonca, as the supportive Chitra and Pooja Salvi, as the distressed Nandini, both do justice to their roles, but fail to leave a lasting impact. ... full review

Thumbs down by Sanjukta Sharma, Live Mint ...There are some hilarious situations, and although largely overacted both by Khurrana and Roy Kapoor, the comic timing of some of the initial scenes is bang on.... full review

Thumbs down by Janhavi Samant, MiD DAY ...Gaelyn is too shrill and Pooja, well, too insipid... full review

So-So by Jaidev Hemmady, Movie Talkies ...Though Rohan Sippy comes up with a light-hearted and fun watch, the second half has been dragged to an extent and the characters seem a tad unreal.... full review

So-So by Divya Solgama, MoviezADDA ...he never ending second half is so bad that every effort shown in the first half goes in vain, especially in the finale... full review

Thumbs up by Karan Anshuman, Mumbai Mirror ...There’s a lot working in favour of Nautanki Saala, and enough laughs to tip it into the positive category... full review

So-So by Saibal Chatterjee, NDTV ...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. ... full review

Thumbs up by Mansha Rastogi, Now ...Music my multiple artists is quite an assortment and Rohan Sippy uses the tracks impressively as the backgrounds. ... full review

So-So by Sukanya Verma, Rediff ...better-suited for a sitcom episode... full review

So-So by Sonia Chopra, Sify Movies ...It’s hard to imagine a director compromising on the quality of his production to such an extent— all for some weird form of friendship, developed over a few days, and one that relies more on sympathy than an actual fondness of the person. ... full review

Thumbs up by K N Gupta, ...completely engaging and a perfect film.... full review

Thumbs up Star Blockbuster ...a quirky comedy in an elegant stage setting with two class actors and lines that make you crack up without making a production of it. ... full review

Thumbs up by Madhureeta Mukherjee, Times of India ...More comedy, less chastity. More drama, less dagabaaz... full review

Thumbs down by Resham Sengar, ZEENEWS.COM ...As for Kunal Roy Kapur, he came across as a disappointment after a clap worthy performance in `Delhi Belly`. ... full review