Rohan Sippy's "Nautanki Saala" starring Ayushmann Khurrana and Kunaal Roy Kapur works in parts and totally falls post interval making the audience a bit lethargic as to when the movie will reach the 'predicatable' climax. Ayushmann as Ram is the Director and Actor ( Raavan) of his play named as 'RaavanLeela', one night he meets Mandar (Kunaal) and saves him for committing a suicide (for obvious reasons- a Heartbreak) and then tries to play 'Ram' in real life by helping Mandar find his girl Nandini played by Pooja Salvi.
The story is quite simple with moments that will bring a certain smile on your face and a few moments which will leave you in splits. For instance, the scene where Ayushamann has to search for 'Ram' for his play and sees Kunaal coming out of the bathroom with a hilarious background score or the one where he takes Kunaal's audition for the character and helps him to recite the dialogues, Vivacious!
The three female leads, Gaelyn Mendonca, Pooja Salvi and Evelyn Sharma add to the glamorous quotient where Gaelyn, who plays Ayushmann girlfriend, wins the race. Evelyn Sharma almost had nothing to do the playing the 'Sita' and Pooja Salvi looked decent and glamorous in her character but doesn't impresses much with her acting skills.
On the other hand, Ayushmann is terrific in his comic timings and looks so natural and obvious choice for this character, Kunaal does well and reminds of his 'Delhi Belly' days...would love to see some more of him and not simply the stereotyped character found here.
The songs ( a total of 8) are fresh and used tactically in the first half but at times there’s an overdose, especially post interval where they are played back-to-back. Still,'Mera Mann' and 'Saddi Galli' looks good on the screen, 'Dramebaaz' is certainly a breath of fresh air. Also, the background score certainly deserves attention which shows the hard work being put in.
All in all, 'Nautanki Saala' is fresh, the comedy is not stereotyped and needs proper attention to laugh alongside, notice how efficiently Ayushmann uses a technological word 'UNDO' in a restaurant where he fools a stranger around not to get caught by his girlfriend- Hilarious! It's certainly not everyone's cup of tea as it gets a tad bit boring post interval and would be appreciated by a niche segment only- still, worth a watch in the days where movies like 'Chashme Badhoor' exist!