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NANU KI JAANU - An unexpectedly absurd horror comedy featuring the 'selective' Abhay Deol. (Review By Bobby Sing)

21 Apr, 2018 | Movie Reviews / 2018 Releases / Inspired Movies (Alphabetical) / N

The only name that made NANU KI JAANU look like a fresh, exciting project was Abhay Deol, and unexpectedly he only remains the most unenergetic or uninterested actor among the entire cast, sleepwalking throughout the film, as if completing a project accepted by mistake or for some other personal reason.

It begins on a decent note reminding you of Delhi’s Punjabi settings as seen in the cult KHOSLA KA GHOSLA. But the moment an item song is there featuring (the Big Boss fame) Sapna Choudhary along Abhay (performing awkward steps on stage as if dancing at a gun-point), one clearly gets an idea that this is not going to be an even average watch and is certainly one of those very few poor films (questionably) chosen by the ‘too selective’ Deol in his career till date.
Progressing further, NANU KI JAANU turns into a simply awful experience, when you see the lead heroine Patralekha, not given any major scenes (who was promoting the film all over) and the script going into various directions with no clarity of what the makers actually wished to make. Giving you an idea, it begins as a social drama focusing on land grabbers, turns into a horror comedy after 40 (long) minutes and then later becomes a crime thriller with a ‘psycho’ father, serving no purpose at all.
Have been following actor-writer Manu Rishi as a fabulous, natural perfromer right from the days of OYE LUCKY LUCKY OYE, and was confident enought that given an opportunity, he can surely deliver an entertaining film as a talented writer too in the coming years. However Manu doesn’t live up to the expectations (as a writer) in NANU KI JAANU, directed by Faraz Haider, which in reality happens to be an utterly confused and poor adaptation of a far superior Tamil film PISSASU (2014).
Manu is funny in a few scenes making an honest effort and the same can be said for Rajesh Sharma (as the disturbed father), Manoj Pahwa (as a local don in his only scene), Himani Shivpuri (as Nanu’s mother) and Brijendra Kala (as the neighbor). But a directionless story progression never allows them to make an impression, besides a forgettable soundtrack and an uninspiring background score.
In short, NANU KI JAANU keeps annoying and irritating for most of its time and thus never works despite an interesting, potential premise, as always taken from the much superior Indian films made in our regional languages.
Rating : 1 / 5
(Note: The article was first published on UC-News Mobile App in April 2018)

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