Monday, March 31, 2014

Interesting Narrative, Weak Execution

NAUTANKI SAALA! (2013)

Produced By: Ramesh Sippy Entertainment and T-Series
Director: Rohan Sippy
Starring: Ayushmann Khurrana, Kunal Roy Kapoor, Pooja Salvi, Gaelyn Mendonca, Evelyn Sharma and others
Pros: Good narrative style, good acting from some of the actors
Cons: Poor execution, boring gags, too long
Rating: *** of 5 (3 of 5)

A mild comedy about an actor who does much more than acting. A tragedy about a man who was never good enough for his woman. And a woman who wanted too much. Three tales, all mixed into one. Good premise yes, good execution no. You can take good stories from the French but you can't make a good movie through them.

Overall, the movie was not as bad as the box office made it out to be after it released. The first-person narrative style and the execution of a story-within-a-story is quite good and I would say that the ending, where the real story and the 'story's story' merged was beautifully executed, making good use of the names of the characters and the characters they played in their naatak. That ending itself added a point to its rating. In addition, Ayushmann Khurana puts in a good performance in a role that is suited to his natural acting style, while Kunal Roy Kapoor also does a decent job. The other actors are mostly bad, however.

However, there are a host of things that worked against it. The biggest of them would be the lackadaisical script and execution - for a comedy, there are very few good jokes in this movie. Most of the time, the gags are flat and the story just stretches on for no reason. You don't expect a very logical story in a comedy (although you should) but you don't expect it to be boring either. And for a first-person narrative, the fairly good songs (I especially liked Mera Mann) were hardly used in the narrative.

Overall, this is a movie that has been under-rated at the Box Office, but could have been much better. Not recommended though. (OTFS)

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