Nautanki Saala!

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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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Director: Rohan Sippy
Running time: 130 minutes
Genres: Comedy, Romance
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Nautanki Saala! - Preview

Ayushman Khurana's Vicky Donor and Rohan Sippy's Bluffmaster make you look forward to Nautanki Saala which brings them together. The trailer only adds on to that curiosity.

Unfortunately though, you are reminded of Rohan Sippy's Dum Maaro Dum and you have to hold your excitement. In a way, that works out fine for Nautanki Saala because it keeps expectations under control.

The trailer doesn't give much away beyond the fact that Ayushman Khurana plays a theater director/actor and there is some form of a love triangle in the making. All of it has a quirky edge which only builds curiosity. The songs too seem to be liked my almost all reviewers.

A small budget film, which looks like it is going to be a different experience from the norm. Even if it isn't a good film, I might just enjoy the slight element of uniqueness it promises.

Music Reviews:
Apun Ka Choice - "3/5"
Bollyspice - "4.5/5"
dunkdaft - "Many cooks has served a great broath together. "
Milliblog - "Nautanki Saala is a solid and fully loaded soundtrack, in variety and imagination!"
Music Aloud - "8/10"

- meeta, a part of the audience

Ram vs. Raavan is a simple enough good vs. evil fight. Unless the struggle is between the Ram and Raavan in you. Nautanki Saala has this very intriguing conflict set at its heart - the one within. Remarkably enough, it also manages, to a great extent, to keep things light with quippy dialogue. Unfortunately though, it slacks off more often than not, the story loses its way and that kind of intrigue exists only in one of the characters.

The plot starts out with a man of today called Ram (Ayushman Khurana), who is too good to be true, saving a stranger's life. Interestingly enough he plays Raavan in a stage show that he directs too. The quirky treatment to an outlandish start gives the film a dream-like ambiance. But it is pretty amazing how the atmosphere created doesn't let the implausibility of it all bother you. However, that lasts only for the first hour or so.

The turn of events in the second half take Nautanki Saala into the regular girl-boy zone. Except for glimpses of the protagonist's struggle with himself, the situations become pretty ordinary. Not to mention, other than Ram and Mandar (Kunal Roy Kapoor), the other characters are lame from the outset. Especially the women.

While Chitra (Gaelyn Mendonca) is refreshingly understanding her maturity isn't consistent. The other lady, Nandini (Pooja Salvi) is dumb and dumber both. That more than one man would fall in love with her, is extremely unconvincing. Also, neither Chitra nor Pooja are helped by the performances. Both Gaelyn and Pooja are plastic dolls given trendy styles to wear.

The men however, do a magnificent job of keeping you engaged with their performances. Kunal Roy Kapoor's Mandar is eternally depressed and yet, quirkily funny evoking the side in you that enjoys dark humor. A few characters break into a regional language which seems both unnatural as a part of the film and is superficially delivered by the actors.

Ayushman Khurana wins you over once again with a charming performance. He plays both Ram and the part of him trying to keep his internal Raavan at bay, with equal conviction. All this while making it look natural and effortless. Expect to be blown over by the way he kisses his girl - one of the most natural, comfortable and convincing on-screen kisses I have seen in Hindi cinema.

It's pretty much these two and the witty dialogue that keeps you going for the 2+ hours of the film. It slows down considerably, picking pace very unevenly, and once in a longish while. The quirks are enjoyable, but there is enough slapstick humor, in the form of sexual and toilet humor and the usual slapping around and falling people, attempting to make you laugh. The ambiance created by the colors, lighting and music too is very slick and helps to keep the dragging parts alive.

Yet, with the given premise, it's sad that the narrative didn't take itself beyond the obvious Ramayan references. The hat tip towards how each one of us wears a mask and churns out a life full of drama for ourselves is subtle and enjoyable. But, that it all boils down to a very ordinary romance takes all that away from Nautanki Saala!

- meeta, a part of the audience

37 reviewers(?) - 10 yays 18 so-so 9 nays

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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 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

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 down, by Khalid Mohamed, Deccan Chronicle : ...Always a dull moment... 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

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

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

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

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

209 tweeters(?) - 92 yays 32 so-so 85 nays

Zaker_Ali: Nautanki Saala is a great movie, best Bollywood movie so far this year, Ayushmann is talented!!

witty_Jk: Nautanki Saala : Comedy of errors Masst chillax movie ; Worth a watch :-) Including Ramayana with the movie's...

vorrai: Watched Vicky Donor and Nautanki Saala. Both entertaining movies. Of course, star of the show in both movies was @ayushmannk. Well done!

vishu_ishtaar: Nautanki Saala is a Full Drama Romance with Always Good Background Music ... Watchable totally !!!

Vellawanti: Nautanki saala was a nice movie. Ayushmaan can't act for peanuts. But the 3 girls, hot.

varanyab: nautanki sala..superbbbb

Vaibhav5388: Awesome first half, nice second.. Overall a must see movie - Nautanki Saala

triptabath: LOVEEEEE @ayushmannk and nautanki saala !

ThyOldMonk: Nautanki Saala ... Impressive natural humour !! Another Rohan Sippy classic !!

theQOBhavna: I love @ayushmannk and @Nautanki_Saala @_TSeries #AmazingFilm

thatdarkcoffee: So okay, Nautanki Saala is a beautiful film. Go watch it. Watch it for Kunal, Ayushman & Rohan Sippy. They deserve all the love.

tanwarayushi9: Nautanki sala is realy awsum mvie...ayushman is realy cute

tagcrnttoghosh: Nautanki Saala Was Really Good ! It Was Gud Goin Nd Watchin it Wid Frndz .. nd Ayushmann U R Priceless <3 @ayushmannk .. I Luv U :)

SurajKailase3: Just watcheD nauTanki saala! its very funny mOvie! CAnt stop laugHIng in many scenes! its a must watch! but end is weak!

SugunaDew: Nautanki Saala was such a delightful watch. Loved it. Thanks @ayushmannk and @rohansippy for a fresh film.

skodithala: Nautanki Saala.... Seriously nautanki :-) good fun. Kunal Roy Kapoor's role should have been done by someone else. Boring fellow.

SinghPamela: Lovely relaxed Sunday. Saw Nautanki saala. Very funny movie.

Simply__Raj: #Nautanki #Sala paisa vasool movie....Again a decent comedy movie from Ayushman....Full of fun....

sidymehra: Nautanki Saala awesome comic nautanki and brotherhood

SheethalGoutham: Nautanki saala!A musttt watch!Hilarious n FANTASTIC performance by@Ga3lyn n@ayushmannk!totally enjoyd all the nautankis!especially u2 muah

santsany: Saw chaasme ba door n nautanki saala both good movies in todayz style in ther own ways..must watch..!!

santoshsinha30: Nautanki sala... What a story, incredible screen play and fantastic music. A must watch.!

Samarjit__Singh: Nautanki Saala rocks A complete power packed performance by superbly confident AK #ayushmannk #NautankiSaala

saloni_1195: Nautanki sala.. Amazayn movie!!!!!!!!! @ayushmannk supalyk!!!!!!!!!!:):)

SahuNitish: Awesome movie Nautanki Saala

Sadgunrizal: Watched Nautanki Saala today, It's a really nice movie with gud sense of humour along with cheesy jokes :D

s_nafis: Hilarious Nautanki Saala ....

ronakbajaj: Nautanki Saala... Super movie #mustWatch

rockingrush_: Good Movie.! Atleast better than "Chashme Baddoor" :P @mmrunal "@Gunjan_D5: Thumbs up or thumbs down to "Nautanki Saala"?"

ritika271: "Nautanki Saala"... A must watch movie

rathodhardik013: Nautanki saala film outstending comady and ayusman kurana good acting reating is 3 out of 5

rana1singh: Nautanki sala... D story concept s gud nd once superb actin wid nice face expressn by #anshumankhurana

rajwadhwa17: Nautanki Saala ....was really watch..

rahulrdeo: Go please watch Nautanki Sala if you have not.... #SuperMovie @ayushmannk

rahulbaba: For all my friends in India, well I highly recommend Nautanki Saala Go watch it.

rahul_ghunawat: Here is the review of NAUTANKI SAALA First the story is not new but it's amazing... Aayushman just rocks.... Fabulous to watch

RAB555: Nautanki saala, loved it. Critics dunno what they are talking about. Good Movie.

PranilManiyar: Nautanki Saala! Awesome Movie... Comedy is at its Best :D ★★★★ / 5

PoojaSalvii: Pleasing drama in Nautanki Saala !

poo_kiddo: Jst luved nautanki saala.... @ayushmannk in d end hw rp gets his gal.. I wish even v end up our mis undrstandings n I get him... Too cute :*

peeteeonyou: Watched Nautanki Saala two days before the exams. Fun watch. Packed theater. Great work, @ayushmannk!

paras5582: Nautanki Sala #nautankisaala Hilarious... Mandar lele ne le li.

Oxydised: Nautanki Saala is really cute. Even the music. Worth a watch for 200/- ticket I'd say.

Nikhil_silver: Nautanki saala......AK is excellent and good based story..!

MojoSchizo: Though a little slow, Nautanki Saala was still a good watch! Loved the designing, the music... Intelligent pun and superb acting

manojcse15: Nautanki Saala! Sunday Fun... @ayushmannk and Kunal Kapoor.... Brilliant.....

ManasiKirloskar: Watched Nautanki Saala..I liked it -twas diff shudv been shorter tho.Ayushman Khurana &Kunal Roy Kapoor acted really well!!

LakshmiNayaki: nautanki saala is amazing!!!Ayushman♥♥♥

Lachhipilya: Nautanki Saala☆☆☆☆#GoodRomCom★

KirrD: JurrasicPark 3D (Take ur kids) , Nautanki Saala ( I recommend to watch) and Commando (Dont miss the stunts) films covered ths weekend :-)

khushsundar: "Nautanki Saala" is an outstanding film...#Ayushman,Kunal roy n Rohan sippy are at their best..dont miss the film friends :-):-):-)

KaavyTigress: Love this Nautanki saala... Well done @ayushmannk :)

JIJUALEXANDER: Nautanki Sala .....Good one

jeetbasu: 'Nautanki saala' is one of the best comdies i have seen in the recent times..genuinly funny..Ayushmaan and Kunal..dhamedar boss:-)

incredibleshah: Watched @Nautanki_Saala ..enjoyed a lot ..awesome direction ...kudos to @rohansippy ...mera mann is just beautiful <3 ..@ayushmannk u rock !

im_ckp: Nautanki saala is full on nautanki ....:) ayush khurana beta aagye jaogey!

iChinmayMehta: Nautanki Saala Awesome Movie.....!!!

iamstreetjoker: Nautanki saala is fully nautanki 4 Star according to me media totally down played it Great work by whole team @ayushmannk #kunalroykapoor

iam_mohit_msw: "NAUTANKI SALA",such a great n wondrful movie. Must go n watch it. Agar mera paisa aur time barbad hua hai to sabka hona chahiye. @glamsham

hviah: Nautanki Saala :D. Surprisingly uhhmazingg. Yip

HarishMewani: Nautanki Sala...funny movie...definitely worth a watch!!!!

GunnerFor_Life: Nautanki Saala is refreshing at the core. Rohan Sippy makes nice films. Stretched here and there, but refreshing.

Gunjan_D5: I like it. I'm sure you'll like it too :) "@mmrunal: @Gunjan_D5 LOL :D better nw :) btw any comments on nautanki saala?"

GlamorousD: In love with ayushman's acting.. Laughed my tummy out in nautanki saala

freakishmee92: Watched Nautanki Saala! Delightful intelligent comedy. Loved the parallel Ramayan concept :)

Ek_Cup_Coffee: Ohh btw. Nautanki Sala is really nice! Loved it! @ayushmannk :)

DollyTruscott: Wow! Nautanki Saala is awesome! Such a mature comedy! @ayushmannk loved urs and Kunal's bromance! A must watch,Super film #NautankiSunday

DishaAgarwal1: Nautanki Saala.. For frustrated minds must watch! Nice sweet romantic.. And @ayushmannk ke toh kya kehne..!! HOT!! :-))

dancedreamerluv: Watched Nautanki Saala today. It was pretty good. Loved the second half. Wish @katrinaklove was there!

cheekydent: Nautanki Saala - awesome ...! :-))

charuharlalka: Nautanki saala! Superb!!★★★★@ayushmannk

CharlieJain: Nautanki Saala .... ooosum tp movie...!! @ayushmannk

BubblySidian: Nautanki Saala! <3

bodrulchaudhury: My Film Review of #NautankiSaala @MovieFarm! Rating: 3.5 Stars! @Nautanki_Saala @ayushmannk @rohansippy -

blithe_psyche: FUNNY. Nautanki Saala is SO FUNNY. @ayushmannk :D

beyondhope1: Nautanki Saala...worth a watch

Berozzgar: Nautanki Saala, an absolute laugh riot...

avinavneer: Movie having theatre/drama in the plot has bright chances of being funny...and so is Nautanki Saala

Aryan_AB: Loved Nautanki Saala! Complete entertainer..@juniorbachchan's cameo was the BEST! :-) @rohansippy you may take a bow ;-) Great job!

anupamsaxena: Nautanki Saala is a light hearted fun flick! Didn’t go with any expectations and came out smiling!

Anni_Achariya: Laugh riot at nautanki saala

AnkitVashisht: Seriously AWESOME SO TOUCHED D HEART @nautanki_saala fab @kunalroykapoor @ayushmannk

AnishPaniker: Owsm Movie... Got to see a gud movie aftr long time... Nautanki Saala followed by a Satirical movie Commando...

amitvadhel: #Nautanki saala is cult drama @ayushmannk

amit_vish7: Very nice Movie Nautanki Saala :)

Amal_says: Nautanki sala was good time pass

akanshaa: LOVED Nautanki Saala. Beautifully directed + beautiful music and super kewl dude @ayushmannk :*

AjeetabhChauhan: Bit slow in second half, still "Nautanki Saala" is fully entertaining .

ainvayi_ainvayi: Watched Nautanki Saala. Fun watch. Packed theater. Great work, @ayushmannk !!!!

Aar_Paarekh: Nautanki saala,A decent film and worth the time invested.@ayushmannk Good performance..:)

123Ghadge: Must watch nautanki saala ....a pack of flouless comedy

11shreyas: Nautanki Saala... Very reminiscent of Bluffmaster in its execution... nice watch...

whiskypaani: I like nautanki saala but sometimes I don't like it and then I love it.

VinayCharaniya: Reviewed Nautanki Saala! for @MusicAloud mostly funny but the melodrama in the second half plays spoilsport

tarak4u2: Nautanki Saala: 3/5 Directed by Rohan Sippy, Nautanki Saala is Aayushman Khuraana's 2nd venture and is a heart...

SorryBoss_: Nautanki Saala - One time watch. Good, fresh script. Girls would love it.

Sandhya_SI: Nautanki Saala was like a blind date ending in an uncomfortable funny compromise. As if I was trying to convince...

sameer_kamra: Movie review: nautanki saala Good acting by lead actors...great girls...some hilarious scenes...but overall very average movie

ruchades: Nautanki saala... Ok movie!

rjanup: Nautanki Saala : 2.5/5 Mirchis - Rj Anup

rj_nikki: Nautanki Saala started off really well but lost its way somewhere in the middle. The film has its moments though! #bollywood

Renz25: Nautanki Sala an avg. movie..but Ayushman simply rocks! :)

prtksingal: Nautanki saala.. It was like a pista badam ice cream .. mostly bland with a tinge of amazing humour at some points..

pratik_haria: Nautanki Saala was gud..time pass movie..

PMakhijani: Nautanki Saala is a patience test but PASS

mytakeonflicks: Nautanki Saala has been watched. First half is full on nautanki but the second half is atrocius. ^AG

mearunyadav123: nautanki saala........... nice picture but not very good

lmkmoviemaniac: #NautankiSaala movie review The feel-good rom-com of the season with superb music and enjoyable performances. 3 on 5

kathyfgibson: Initial thoughts on “Nautanki Saala!”: hilarious first half, boring second half, and a forced happy ending. Review to come.

jun6lee: Nautanki Saala -- subtle & suave in bursts.. lost & long in bursts too.. overall average fluff.. good time-pass but little more. 3★

jha_siddharth94: Nautanki Saala has been watched. First half is full on Nautanki but the second half is atrocious. Ratings: 3 stars.

harit4343: Nautanki saala thik hai

guptas08: Nautanki Saala is very good movie. Ayushman and Kunal Roy Kapoor of Delhi Belly, are superb. Could have been 15 mins shorter. 3 out of 5

gocinemas: Nautanki Saala (2.5/5) review by @TheFookFace #gocinemas

Doveye: Nautanki Saala - First half of the movie was good, the second half was a tad bit boring #timepass

dg2weet: Nautanki saala - even though movie is okay but due to the background score being Zero even the funny scenes looks dull and movie slow.

dearvishy: Nautanki Saala not a very good movie, but still enjoyed it. Intelligent pun and superb acting.

bharat00: Nautanki Saala Couldn't match up to greats like Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro Or Even Band Baja Baaraat ~ But Still Worth A Watch !

BeSharmaji: Nautanki saala is one time watch

apoorv: my take on nautanki saala - initially boring, very interesting in the middle but completely pakaoo towards the end.

AkashBurana: Nautanki Saala is quite boring but I enjoyed it.

aarshvora: Yes, Nautanki Saala is goofy and amusing but it would be a much more endearing film without the annoying female characters..

_chulbulpandey: Nautanki Saala: Decent movie.......... @ayushmannk is too good.... #NextSRK

_Anand_i: Nautanki Saala... A promising start, some good gags till the interval and a disappointing ending...!

yasminshah82: Nautanki Sala..wat an awful movie! Very disappointing..

whatistheproces: Nautanki saala.......Bhak saala !

Vyangkaar: Nautanki sala, good movie, wrong choice of female lead. The girl who played Sita looked hotter than the main lead. Awesome music too.

vivekbhoothnath: Such a dead film..nautanki saala.. Kuch bhi bana daala.. Senseless...slow..badly directed and edited..

virajpednekar: Its not #nautanki Saala ....its #chutiya Saala rohan sippy ...wats wrong with u....after taxi and bluffmaster ..itna chutiya movie banaya..

vamshivaragani: Nautanki Saala - Don't waste your time at all ....

THEDEATHRACE: Super boring movie NAUTANKI SAALA ... Aayushmaan u did nt work properly....!!!!

tanujtulsiyan: Why do ppl make movies like Nautanki Saala...??? #utternonsense

TableforONE_PV: Nautanki Saala is not Bollywood. It's not even a film. I cannot remember the last time I begged to walk out of a Hindi movie. Appalling!

SunakshiMahajan: I wud rate "nautanki saala" 1 star muvi, pathetic

SumerTheGooner: Nautanki Saala funny in parts,rubbish otherwise ...ayushman and kunal are brilliant.the 3 actresses are all..MASSIVE let down

sulabhpuri: Nautanki sala - half star out of 5, those 2.5 hours wasted!! #moviesnottowatch #flicks

suchitra_soni: Yes I watched "nautanki sala"---one can test his patience levels by sitting through this trauma.....Grrrr

ssgajria: Watched a horrible movie called Nautanki Sala

SnehasishDas: Nautanki Saala - Very Disappointing... Too Predictable & Boring Story-line... :| Chowman, Ballygaunge - Very Good...

simonsaybrams: NAUTANKI SAALA! is so listlessly assembled that it doesn't really amount to much. Too bad; I like Kunaal Roy Kapur (DELHI BELLY).

SiddharthKD: Nautanki Saala: Do yourself a favor, stay away... Couldn't have been worse. Guaranteed flop. Didn't expect this from #RohanSippy :(

shreyajain2012: #whythefuck Do they make movies like nautanki saala!!!????!!!!!

shivani__singh: Gosh !! nautanki saala the wrst muvie evr seen couldn't even bear the frst half !!

shantusharma: Chashmebaddoor did not have a story but had great dialogues. Nautanki Sala lacks both. Surprisingly acting is bad too.

shaileshgam: Ayushman Khuranna proves he is just one-hit wonder - Nautanki Saala disappoints

SH_AGer: Nautanki Saala - Excruciatingly boring movie. Stay away ... :P

sanjeev2429031: Watched "nautanki sala" was a real flop nautanki nd total waste of 280rs..:-)

sandy_720: Nautanki sala:- boring, thaki hui, laughs sometimes, bt money waist:-(

SahPraveen: watched nautanki saala just now and found it is only a nautanki. Waste of time and money

SahanaPrabhakar: Do yourself a favour, don't watch Nautanki Saala. One sees better nautankis in daily life. I missed a nail-biting RCB match for this!?!?

SachdevaRuchi: Nautanki saala is such a pathetic movie

SaagarBhanot: Kya bakwaas movie hai nautanki saala.

rups12R: Why are the films like Nautanki Saala made in the first place.....

RuhiSahuwrites: A year of irksome movies,Nautanki Saala top the chart in hideousness

Rishimathur18: Nautanki saala. Script is quite like chashme badoor. I would prefer CB. NS is kinda copy of CB. Ayushman not equal to 3 of CB.

RaviKapoor: Nautanki Saala - a pathetic film! Weak script, forced act by lead cast. Rohan Sippy, please hire a talented writer next time. @Anushka_Arora

randomWhiz: Saw Nautanki Saala. Brilliant first half, disappointing second half. They screwed the story in the second half.

prernao2: Half way through ,Nautanki saala, looks like time and money wasted so far :(

PoojaBD: Pls dont make any attempt to watch Nautanki Saala! Wht was Ayushmaan thinking? #bollywood #movies

optimistmovybuf: Saw Nautanki Saala. Quite disappointed. Dragged 2nd half. Kunal Kapoor provides the bits of laughter.

nupskhanna: Nautanki sala is such a disappointment. Aayushman n kunal completely wasted thanks to the weak script. Funny in parts but that's just it!

nitkoos: I think nautanki saala is one of the worst movies I've seen in my life. SO disappointed with Ayushman Khurana. #heartbreak

neetu_cuteangel: Nautanki Saala is a money waste movie.. I guess the script is written in sleepy mode...

Neerajtintin: Nautanki Sala...fultu nautanki! Total waste of money and time.

MySighness: If anyone creates too much drama in your life, just make them sit through Nautanki Saala. Gross irritating and psychotic. Headache begins.

mojorant: . @Nautanki_Saala has some genuinely funny moments but overall doesn't add up to a fully satisfying film. Meanders in the 2nd half..

miss_wateva: Bas ek sorry kafi.. The only line I liked in nautanki saala..

mihirmalik: Fuck ! Nautanki saala ! Worst Movie Ever #suck

MichaelDeka1: ystrdy was both fridy n 13th, got almost killed by nautanki saala!!

menehaaaaa: When a film threatens to take yr sleep away..numbs u.. For a long time- not in a nice way!..U know then uve just walked out of Nautanki sala

memon_mk: #Nautanki sAAla borrrring movie @dan1shmemon @SarwerMemon

meg_natic: Nautanki Sala was so Pakau sala

maximaminima: Nautanki saala... Another one of those crappy bollywood movies which makes you think, this is the shit they spent so much money on?

maedhavini: Nautanki saala .. I'm so dissappointed

LadyGagaKiMausi: Saw Nautanki Saala. Horrible movie. Felt like throwing up

kumaranvm: Ayushman Khuranna is truly brilliant! But nautanki saala feels like drama! As in made for theatre! Hilarious in certain parts!

kingqmar: I did not like Nautanki Saala at all. Is my sense of humor in danger or are there other people like me?

karan20031: had a lot of expectations from #nautanki saala bt crap has a new definition! boring movie... funny only in bits 1.5/5!

kapur_ritu: What a waste of a decent script and good actors. Who made this Nautanki, Sala!!!!!

JawaniHaiDiwani: Nautanki Sala is not a good movie. :/

ishipishhh: Nautanki Saala has its moments but fails in delivering good performances by its lead actors. My rating: 2/5 stars. #disappointing

I_am_mohitt: Nautanki Saala! Why did they make a film like that! Really sad.. Kunal roy kapoor was d saving grace..

hiyashergill: Torture of the millenium nautanki sala.

hamidchowdhary: Nautanki sala is a no-think-tank sala !!! Facepalm

GangaKinareWale: "Nautanki Sala" was a terrible waste of 130 minutes. #CustomaryLateMovieReview

feistyfari: Nautanki saala is a complete waste of time !!!

FarazSalat: #Nautanki #Saala will entertain you in parts. It's stretched to elastic limit only to break and fall flat. It's a champagne with no fizz.

DoingisDoing: Nautanki saala -- no thank you, saala. DISAPPOINTING

divadshetty: Nautanki Saala left me disappointed..

Dipti_S: Nautanki saala!! Yuck!

ChhotiDaayan: Why I dint like Nautanki Saala: Slow hai. Ab har cheez slow thodi achi lagti hai! ;)

ChattiBoy: Chutiyaap Saala! - My #review of Nautanki Saala

booksroundup: After being totally disappointed by Nautanki Saala, time to watch Terrence Mallick's new film. That would be a great way to end the night

Bidisharoy: Nautanki Sala ... Bearable only for Ayushmaan Khurana ...

BeingAHappyGirl: Saw Nautanki Saala yday. Plsssss bhool kar bhi mat jaana.

BBC3rdEye: Nautanki Sala is technically and artfully well done good acting but so moronic, are we inane and just dumber by the day?

AwakeOnRequest: It's been ages since i left a movie hall in shock coz of how bad the movie was. PLS AVOID Nautanki Saala. YUCK.

AvniSGupta: In a way its good I saw Nautanki Sala cause I'm damn drowsy now. #SleepPatternRestored #Shitassmovie

AsmitaSood: Nautanki saala.. Pathetic !

AroraMala: Nautanki Saala :( disappointment

AnushriBanerjee: Nautanki Saala # Really flopbuster movie ! Don't watch this movie..

anumandal: Nautanki saala- left the show before interval #soboring

An_Idealist: #nautanki saala is overrated. #aayushman is the only saving grace

aman1mat0r: Nautanki Sala... Not that gr8.. Only one time(if u are that committed).. lmao...

aditya1504: Most bullshit movie i hav ever seen in my lyf... Piss off all u directors n producers......n cast too Nautanki Sala..

ABHISHEKVIKRAM6: I ws waitng fr Nautanki some how picture was nt tat gud or upto the lvl of AK,now waitng fr MOHIT CHADA again in delhi AK nxt

Aadii_: By the way, I am done with Nautanki Sala. Though the movie is another Bollywood Bummer but another good act by Nipun Dharmadhikari #Review

87_divya: CHASHME BADOOR is most good entertainment movie than "NAUTANKI SALA"..........

000Pankaj00: Saw nautanki sala.. full of nautanki and crap :x

7 readers - 6 yays 1 so-so 0 nays

Yay! Thumbs Up, by Anil : Good time pass movie. 3.5/5 for me.

Yay! Thumbs Up, by Anup : I think the keen should rent else on dvd

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So-So, by guddu : Chaaaah

This page has additional observations, other than the ones noted in the main review.

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.

Parental Guidance:

  • Violence: None, except a guy trying to kill himself in the beginning.
  • Language: A few abusive words.
  • Nudity & Sexual content: Two long liplocks.
  • Concept: That we all have more than one side to our personality.
  • General Look and Feel: Slick.

Detailed Ratings (out of 5):

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Character Artists:
Music Director:

Comments (10)

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This movie a great relief to me in the genre of comedy....coz i was frustated after watching chasme badoor and himmatwala....ayushman was awsome....with a perfect comic timing....great work....

Meetu there was a long tedious smooch scene i ever saw in the recent times , did u found it gratuitous ?

Silvano De Souza

Superb movie, great timepass
Ayushman and Kunal are fabolous
I agree on the minus points too bt i found the marathi good
The smooch scene was long but superb
Songs are superb too
I liked the use of So Gaya Yeh Jahaan it was refreshing

@Anup Yeah in comparison, this is a gem! :D

@guddu I didn't find it gratuitous at all. I thought it was natural and very well done.

@Silvano Yep! And good to see you back!

The characters were good in the movie.. Good time pass and not boring at all.. Over all reviews it is a must watch movie for those people who want to have fun...


Yay! The notepad is back!!! :P

@Harsh :D Just for readers like you! :D


Ya I know :P :) Btw, I just came back after watching 'Commando' and logged in to check your review, only to see you haven't reviewed it!
P.S. - One of the better-made commercial movies of the recent times, I must say..


I love Ayushman because he is just like or any of my friends - and without any prejudice I can he was superb. I had some serious doubts about Kumal's acting but let me add here that he was awesome and I hate to say that he was probably better than AK.

Good time pass movie !

@Harsh oh is it? there weren't appropriate show-times, I believe, which is why I had to skip it. On your recommendation, will see if I can catch it next week.

@Anil :D

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