• Sippy never brings the lightness of touch needed to pull off this kind of film. Like the title suggests, it’s all empty theatrics. And wait, the film also has the unique distinction of capturing one of the longest on-screen smooches in a long time.. shot in such excruciating close-up that you might throw up your lunch.

  • Shubhra Gupta
    Shubhra Gupta
    Indian Express


    Sippy has a feel for staging scenes, and some are laugh-out-loud. The idea that true love can be found through such a random route is also nice, and lends the film a pleasing slightness. But the nautanki in this film is an on-off thing. I wish there was much more of it.

  • Anupama Chopra
    Anupama Chopra
    Hindustan Times


    Nautanki Saala! has all the ingredients of a peppy, amiable comedy but this soufflé doesn’t quite rise.

  • Rohan Sippy’s creation shows so much promise and has several moments (even if most of them are featured in its trailer). But the plot seems better-suited for a sitcom episode. As a film the nautanki stretches for too long, saala.

  • The film deserves full marks for intention, if not for execution. But give me Nautanki Saala! any day after the merciless assault of Himmatwala and Chashme Baddoor!.

  • Madhureeta Mukherjee
    Madhureeta Mukherjee
    Times Of India


    This is no Shakespearean act, but there’s enough drama, demons and devtaas to rival our desi phantoms of the operas.

  • Koimoi


    Nautanki Saala is a small-budget entertainer which entertains, but with mild doses of disdain. Watch this film with a light heart, and don’t expect to get either blown away or emotionally drained by it.

  • Taran Adarsh
    Taran Adarsh
    Bollywood Hungama


    NAUTANKI SAALA! is uncontaminated, witty and amusing, offers an interesting premise with plenty of good laughs. A lightweight fare that caters to cineastes with an appetite for contemporary cinema, this movie ought to be on your ‘to watch’ list for sure!

  • Watch ‘Nautanki Saala` only if you really want to.