Nautanki Saala!

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Nautanki Saala!
Directed by Rohan Sippy
Produced by Bhushan Kumar
Krishan Kumar Dua
Ramesh Sippy
Roopa de Choudhury
Screenplay by Rohan Sippy
Nipun Dharmadhikari
Charudutt Acharya
Story by Benoit Graffin
Pierre Salvadori
Starring Ayushmann Khurrana
Pooja Salvi
Kunaal Roy Kapur
Evelyn Sharma
Gaelyn Mendonca
Music by Falak Shabir
Mikey McCleary
Rashid Khan
Ayushmann Khurrana
Rochak Kohli
Cinematography Manoj Lobo
Edited by Aarif Sheikh
Distributed by R.S. Entertainment
Release date
  • 12 April 2013 (2013-04-12)
Country India
Language Hindi
Box office 22.32 crore (US$3.3 million)

Nautanki Saala! is an Indian romantic comedy-drama film directed by Rohan Sippy,[2] starring Ayushmann Khurrana and Kunaal Roy Kapur along with Pooja Salvi, Evelyn Sharma and Gaelyn Mendonca.[3][4] The story is based upon the 2003 French comedy film Après Vous.[5]

The film was produced by Ramesh Sippy, Bhushan Kumar, Krishan Kumar and Roopa de Choudhury under the banner of Super Cassettes Industries Ltd. in association with R.S. Entertainment.[6][7] The first look of Nautanki Saala! was released on 2 October 2012.[8][9] Ayshmann Khurrana has sung again in Nautanki Saala!.[10] Upon release, Bhushan Kumar declared the movie as a "winner in all the aspects".[11] The movie is regarded by many as one of the most underrated Hindi films of all time. [2]

Abhishek Bachchan has done a cameo in the film for his friend, director Rohan Sippy.[12] Bhushan Kumar finalised 12 April 2013 for Nautanki Saala!. He wanted a longer campaign of eight weeks for promotion.[13] The first promo of Nautanki Saala! was attached with Special 26.[14]


The story is about the friendship and the bonding between RP and Mandar and how they face problems and solve them.

Ram Parmar a.k.a. RP (Ayushmann Khurrana) is in meeting with a psychiatrist for problems he's experiencing due to three break-ups in last three months. The film runs in a narrative mode. RP is a successful theater artist portraying the role of Raavan. One day while returning home, he witnesses Mandar Lele (Kunaal Roy Kapur) attempting suicide. He saves him and brings home. Mandar is devastated because of his break-up with Nandini (Pooja Salvi) and attempted suicide because he thinks he is worthless. As Ram is a helping guy, he tries solving out Mandar's problems and probes into his life. He offers him the role of Lord Ram in his theater play. He finds Nandini and tries reuniting her with Mandar. While doing this he lies many times to his close friend Sita (Evelyn Sharma) and girlfriend Chitra (Gaelyn Mendonca). The latter ultimately breaks up with him. During this, Ram falls for Nandini who reciprocates his feelings. Meanwhile, Mandar is coming back to normal. Ram feels he is cheating his friend; he breaks-off with Nandini and makes arrangements so that Nandini and Mandar meet. Unfortunately all this is revealed to Mandar and Nandini. Ram ultimately loses his girlfriend, his love and friend.

Returning to present day, the psychiatrist suggests RP to apologise to all three, which may suffice in resolving the problems. Mandar returns to RP's play in the role of Hanuman and unites Nandini with RP. After doing so, he leaves with Sita.




In early 2012, Bhushan Kumar and Rohan Sippy announced their first collaboration of working together to give out a romantic comedy film. Abhishek Bachchan, always a lucky mascot in Rohan Sippy’s movies, announced that he would not be a part of the movie as the lead role. Bachchan Jr revealed that he has a cameo in this film.[15] Later in June 2012, Rohan and Bhushan Kumar announced that the lead actors of the movie to be Ayushmann Khurrana (Vicky Donor fame) and Kunaal Roy Kapur (last seen in Delhi Belly).[16]

The entire star cast of the movie being young and the leading female actors are also new. This will be Ayushmann’s second movie after Vicky Donor. Prior to movies, he has been a VJ with a popular youth channel as well as an RJ in Chandigarh. Kunaal on the other hand was last seen in Delhi Belly. The leading ladies of the movie are Pooja Salvi, Evelyn Sharma and Gaelyn Mandonca.[17] Nautanki Saala! will be MTV VJ Gaelyn's and a number of television ads old model Pooja’s debut,[18] while it will be Evelyn's fifth[19] Bollywood film to release.


The shoot went on floors on 22 July 2012 and the movie was entirely shot in Mumbai with major part of the movie being night sequences.[20] The first look and announcement of the movie was made in October 2012 by T-Series productions[21]


The soundtrack for the film is romantic, lively and situational. Various music composers have made compositions in the album, including Falak, Mikey McCleary, Rashid Khan.

Post Khurana’s successful singing debut in Vicky Donor, Bhushan Kumar and Rohan Sippy decided on making Khurana sing in this movie as well. Ayushmann has sung two songs in the movie[22][23] that are romantic, youthful and connect well with the audience. After Paani Da Rang, Ayushmann Khurana captures the audience with his Saadi Galli Aaja and Tu Hi Tu in Nautanki Saala!

Bhushan Kumar gave the rights of "Dhak Dhak" (Beta)[24][25] song to be reinvented the used in Nautanki Saala!. The song became an instant hit thus connecting highly with the audience and topping the music charts.

The soundtrack got positive critical reception. Well known music critic Sumit Sharma of Gomolo & DJMaza stated, "The soundtrack is truly noteworthy and a commixture of delightful melodies, sumptuous & scrumptious tracks and some Oaky Chartbusters. It's a Tuneful Soundtrack Of Musical Nautanki." and gave the album a rating of 4.5/5.[26] Goku! of Indibeats!, gave the album a rating of 4/5 saying, "The composers have succeeded in bringing together some smart tracks so rich in melody and so varied in genres with immense repeat quality."[27]

Track list[edit]

No. Title Music Singer(s) Length
1. "Mera Mann Kehne Laga" Falak Shabir Falak 3:46
2. "Saadi Galli Aaja" Ayushmann Khurrana Ayushmann Khurrana, Neeti Mohan 4:14
3. "Dhak Dhak" Anand-Milind Saba Azad, Geet Sagar, Bruno Carvalo, Santosh Sawant 3:39
4. "Tu Hi Tu" Mikey McCleary Ayushmann Khurrana 3:59
5. "Draamebaaz" Mikey McCleary Geet Sagar 3:24
6. "Sapna Mera Toota" Rashid Khan Rahat Fateh Ali Khan, Hashim Sabri, Aftab 5:52
7. "Dil Ki Toh Lag Gayi" Mikey McCleary Saba Azad 4:11
8. "So Gaya Yeh Jahan" Laxmikant-Pyarelal Nitin Mukesh 3:46
9. "Mera Mann Kehne Laga (Reprise)" Falak Shabir Falak Shabir 4:20
10. "Saadi Galli Aaja (Unplugged)" Ayushmann Khurrana Ayushmann Khurrana 3:22
11. "Mera Mann Kehne Laga (Female)" Falak shabir Tulsi Kumar 4:24
12. "Saadi Galli Aaja (Remix)" Ayushmann Khurrana, Rochak Kohli Ayushmann Khurrana, Neeti Mohan 3:26
13. "Mera Mann Kehne Laga (Remix)" Falak Shabir Falak Shabir 4:39
Total length: 50:28


Critical reception[edit]

The film received positive reviews from various critics praising the comedy of errors factor and lead actors performances. It got an aggregate review score of 3/5 from all sites at[28] Sukanya Verma for has given 2.5/5 stars and says Nautanki Saala! plot seems better-suited for a sitcom episode.[29] Anupama Chopra on Hindustan Times gave it a rating of 2 and a half saying "Nautanki Saala! has all the ingredients of a peppy, amiable comedy but this soufflé doesn’t quite rise."[30]

Professional reviews
Review scores
Source Rating 2.5/5 stars
dagger indicates that the given rating is an average rating of all reviews provided by the source

Box office[edit]

Nautanki Saala! opened slowly while picked up at evening especially at multiplexes on day one and collected around 3 crore (US$450,000) nett. The film raked 11.25 crore (US$1.7 million) over its first weekend.[31] During its first week, the movie grossed around 16.50 crore (US$2.5 million).[32]


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