Nautanki Saala (2013) Movie Review

By Goher Iqbal Punn, Film Critic & Entertainment Analyst, Showbiz Bites

nauatnkisaala-still-showbizbitesProducer: Bhushan Kumar, Krishan Kumar and Ramesh Sippy

Director: Rohan Sippy

Cast: Ayushmann Khurrana, Kunal Roy Kapur, Pooja Salvi, Evelyn Sharma and Abhishek Bachchan (guest appearance)

Music: Falak Shabbir

Rating: 4/5 **** (Four Stars)

Ayushmann Khurrana’s Nautanki Saala has well been in news and the promotional activities were going on prior to the release of the film. Nautanki Saala (2013) movie review is out and presented below for our readers to grab it. Nautanki Saala movie review rating will let the people know the worth of the film. Let’s now read the review.

Fact remains that star value barely works at the box office and what actually works is the content of the movie. The films with brilliant content, no matter if they are small budget movies, run classically and lucratively well at the box office. It shows the audiences do not come out to watch the star power (though it has its own values as well, but star power only runs for opening or few days and people go back to their houses then if the content is poor) rather they come out for a powerful content to watch on screen. Often we find that small budget movies have more strapping and powerful narratives and performances plus execution to hit the people’s hearts than the movies with big budget and big stars. Prime examples of these cases are Himmatwala (big budgeted with big stars, which turned flop) and Chashme Baddoor (small budget with no star values and it is still running steadily producing good collections).


Quality is what everybody seeks in return to the hard-earned money and most of the times, small budget movies provide the viewers with the same. Therefore people’s trend seems now changed and they have started switching over to small budget movies. Recently the small movies like Mere Dad Ki Maruti, Sahib Biwi Aur Gansgter Returns, Jolly LLB and Chashme Baddoor have really done brilliant at the box office. From this, the heavyweight producers and directors must learn and follow the pattern of small movies by endowing the viewers with quality content to watch. There is no need to just invest heavily on stars and heavy promotions rather focus on the content. And even for your promotions, the word of mouth publicity will do the wonders.

Nautanki Saala is a light entertainer with good dose of humor and everything one seeks for entertainment. It is a romantic comedy, which will work big time with the audiences.

The film talks about Ram Parmar (Ayushmann Khurrana) who returns from work one night and on his way, he finds a luckless Mandar Lele (Kunal Roy Kapur) who is going to suicide. Ram rescues him from his suicide attempt. He then takes the responsibility of the rehabilitation of Mandar who has failed in everything in his life from job to his love, Nandini (Pooja Salvi). Ram is now all set to reunite Mandar and Nandini, but in the process he falls for her.

Nautanki Saala is also a love triangle to some extent. But in short, it is a well-made brilliant movie that allures you from tip to toe.

The film hardly has any weaknesses to pinpoint though there are few in the script and direction, but they are ignorable. But in actual, the film is a content that is potentially qualitative and mind blowing. Rohan Sippy has executed the flick in a style that the viewer does not get bored for even a minute. There is hardly any moment where the audiences think of something else. The viewers move with the proceedings and that is the quality of the execution and the screenplay. The narrative is really catchy and well-penned. Rohan Sippy and the team of other writers – Charudutt Acharya and Nipun Dharmadhikari deserve distinction marks for writing such a brilliant script.

Cinematography by Manoj Lobo is fabulous and eye-pleasing. Editing is fine. Music by Flak Shabbir and others is spongy and electrifying. Saddi Gali and Dhak Dhak are the picks of the entire lot.


Ayushmann Khurrana once again proves that he is a classy actor on Bollywood front. He delivers the act with such perfection and ease that the viewers cannot help praising him. Kunal Roy Kapur is another brilliant actor in the film who mesmerizes the audiences with his character. Pooja Salvi impresses with her acting skills. Gaelyn Mendonca too lures the souls. Evelyn Sharma does fine but she is there in the film for few scenes only. Rest of the starcast is good to watch as well. Abhishek Bachchan makes an attractive cameo.

Final Verdict:

In a nutshell, Nautanki Saala is a brilliant entertainer with super humor, powerful script and luminous performances by the lead actors. Do watch to get entertained.

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