Nautanki Saala is Rohan Sippy's fourth directorial and an official remake of a French romantic comedy Après Vous. At a time when mainstream Bollywood is all about floss, hindi remakes and high budget this small budget contemporary movie comes out as a refreshing one.
The plot of the movie is nothing out of the box that leaves you gaping for more but the star cast is good with the acting being very poignant and natural. Unlike most movies that are action oriented with less interaction, this one is dialogue oriented and character driven. This is the best aspect especially for people who love movies that relate to real life and not just the glamour of an alternate world that doesn't exist.
The movie stays true to its word and there is full on drama involved in their everyday life. Ayushmann Khurrana and Kunaal Roy Kapur keep the story flowing with timed humor, comic punches and loads of dramebaazi. The movie kicks of as a flashback with a sappy Ram Parmar: RP (Ayushmann Khurrana) a stage actor hugging a teddy bear and reminiscing how he met Mandar Lele (Kunal Roy Kapur) dubbed as 'zakhmi narcissist' by RP's girlfriend who was on the verge of committing suicide; only to be saved by Ram who takes him home thereby turning his own life topsy-turvy.
The movie evolves further from then on unraveling a genuine friendship and a love story that soon turns more into a complicated love triangle combined with a theater drama going on in the background. In short, a big jumbled puzzle courtesy all the drama that is the core ingredient.
Although the pace of the movie is slow, it is clean and crisp with no loose ends. The music is light making you want to groove and compliments the movie beautifully at every step. Also the cinematography is good unfolding Mumbai artistically.
Like every movie, this movie too has it's flaw. And sadly the pace is not it's weak point but the characterization of Nandini the female lead. Her acting does not look natural but more of a overdone made up act that doesn't really gel with the smooth flow of the movie and other actors.
Lastly, though the storyline has a little flaw but overall it is acceptable. After a series of not so satisfying movies in the recent past few days this one is genuinely pleasant both story-wise and performance wise.
Overall the movie ends up holding the audience till the very end and so I give it a 3.5 out of 5.