Anupama Chopra's review: Nautanki Saala!


Direction: Rohan Sippy
Actors: Ayushmann Khurrana, Kunaal Roy Kapur
Rating: **1/2

Nautanki Saala! is based on a frothy French comedy called Après Vous, which means After You. Sadly, much is lost in translation.

Director Rohan Sippy is unable to fully retain the lightness and effervescence of the original. Nautanki Saala! is funny in parts but often feels stretched and flat, like champagne without the fizz.

The film is about the tumultuous relationship between a theatre actor-director, Ram (played by Ayushmann Khurrana), and a suicidal depressive, Mandar (played by Kunaal Roy Kapur).

They first meet when Mandar is attempting to kill himself. Ram saves him. What ensues is a convoluted comedy of errors that has Ram falling in love with Mandar’s ex-girlfriend and Mandar playing th