Movie: Nanu Ki Jaanu
Cast: Abhay Deol, Patralekhaa, Manoj Pahwa, Rajesh Sharma, Bijendra Kala
Director: Faraz Haider
Producer: Sajid Qureshi
Rating: 3/5 Stars
It had been a while since the powerhouse of entertainment that is Abhay Deol was seen on the big screen. About a few years, if memory serves us right. But now, he is back, and this time around with Patralekhaa of City Lights fame, as the two have teamed up for this beauty of an after-life love story that is Nanu Ki Jaanu. This one was engaging, fun and a whole lot more!
So, without any further ado, let’s tell you all what we exactly thought about it.
Meet Nanu, (Abhay Deol) a Delhi-based land mafia agent. He is the kind of guy who you simply cannot stop even if he walks into your marriage and dances away with the guests. But then, unfortunately, a tragic accident takes place, which causes Naanu to entirely lose focus and in turn, his ‘professional’ life goes for a toss, as, although he is not what you would call a good guy, he does have a soft corner for injustice and is not at all immune to the overwhelming feeling of seeing someone pass away right in front of him. Soon, our focus is on an extremely disturbed Naanu, who gets convinced that his present residence is haunted by the spirit of a young lady who went by the name of Siddhi (Patralekhaa).From that point onwards, as one would expect with any film with a supernatural angle, comes the tussle between the believers and non-believers.
Soon, there comes a point where a plenty number of people have witnessed enough to be convinced about a supernatural presence. This film wastes no time in turning into a murder mystery, as suddenly, the hunt for Siddhi’s killer is on. Who is the killer? What is the real story behind the unfortunate and tragic departure of this young soul? Watch the film to find out!
Talking about individual performances, Abhay Deol as a leading man was a refreshing delight as we for one had missed him dearly during all the time he wasn’t seen entertaining us. With this outing, he came across as a much more refined actor as Nanu is a character that was written with many embedded complexities and nuances, which is something that we believe Deol understood very well right down to the last detail. On the other hand, there was the powerhouse of a performer that is Patralekhaa as Siddhi. We could see as to why she was chosen to play this complex lady, as the character was needed to be played by someone who would display vulnerability, strength and inner conflicts in equal amounts, which, in our opinion, was probably something that came to her naturally. Co-powering this film was the brilliant act by the likes of seasoned veterans like Rajesh Sharma, Manoj Pahwa, Bijendra Kala and many others, for which we were bound to give our heartfelt mention.
Speaking about the script and screenplay, director Faraz Haider and writer Manu Rishi Chadha have seemingly infused the themes of paternal love and the fragile and unpredictable nature of life along with which they have brought to our notice the kind of unforgivable practices that are prevalent around us, out of which blind faith is one. The twist, which gets set in motion in the latter half of the post-intermission section could be said was genuinely thought through and was kept strictly in line with the theme of the film, which is also a rare and potentially brain-racking thing to achieve.
However, a film is never without flaws and this Abhay Deol and Patralekhaa-starrer is no exception to that rule. The pace of the film suffers a few times here and there but it doesn’t lead to this film turning into a snore-fest in any possible way. Also, one would opine that the cast, which consists of a bunch of brilliant performers, could have been used a little bit more to their potential, but we think that it doesn’t and shouldn’t pose as a hindrance in your movie-going experience.
So, we personally recommend you all to go and give this fun and yet a tragic tale of Nanu and his Jaanu a try, as the sincerity and the heart with which this film has been made is clearly visible.