Shilpa Shetty fills her uniform gracefully and could, in an equal opportunity film industry, be cast alongside an actor half her age, and would do better than aging men prancing around with women young enough to be their daughters, Deepa Gahlot notes.
telugu movie middle class abbeyof which Nikamma it’s a Hindi remake, it’s only five years old, but it seems to belong to a different era.
Nikamma, directed by Sabir Khan, has the formula once used to launch star sons – a little romance, a lot of action; give the boy the opportunity to dance, fight, show off his muscular body and, if possible, get a little emotional.
He must be rebellious, but also obedient, and he must be given some citymaar dialog.
In the past, Govinda and Kadar Khan would have had fun with this material, and the audience would not have giggled when the leading actor of the 80s tearfully dropped his keys to touch his maa-jaisi-bhabhilegs.
In 2022, Abhimanyu Dasani captures this spirit but fails, probably because he didn’t grow up with these films and doesn’t quite know how to properly understand these banal things.
He plays Adi, the slacker of the title who is shaken out of his lazy existence and sent by his brother (Samir Soni) to accompany his sister-in-law Avni (Shilpa Shetty) to the city of Uttar Pradesh. Dhamli, where she is to serve a short-term transfer.
Adi already hates Avni for kicking him out of his brother’s house.
Now that he lives with her, she treats him like a free servant.
Avni is a tough RTO employee, and Shetty plays her with a stone face and a ramrod rod.
The main villain in Dhaamli is Vikramjit Bisht (Abhimanyu Singh), who dreams of becoming the city’s MLA and controls the public transportation system by flooding the roads with his fleet of unregistered taxis (writers Venu Sriram and Sanamjit Singh Talwar actually invented the laugh). decent storyline!
Avni grabs a taxi and takes on Vikramjit’s gang, unafraid that he will kill opponents with impunity.
By this time, Adi has discovered that Avni is an angel in stylishly matched saris and vows to protect her. It doesn’t matter that she doesn’t need a bodyguard.
He also has an affair with his cousin Avni (Shirley Sethia), who approaches a gawking Adi and says she would like to marry him because he’s “cute”!
After that, she recedes into the background, like those old Bollywood movie protagonists who served no real purpose.
Adi spends most of the film pacing in slow motion beating up the villain’s henchmen, who are always looking for punishment and keep coming back for more.
However, the film could have been bearable with a faster pace, a few sing-song songs and better-written dialogue – who’s having a middle-class/upper-class debate with a villain! Simply because the original had to have these lines to live up to its name.
If at all Nikamma serves a purpose, he should tell mainstream cinema to stop shaming his actresses.
Shilpa Shetty, nicknamed ‘Majaisiseveral times, imbues the uniform with grace, and in the film industry with equal opportunity could be cast with an actor half her age and do better than aging men prancing with women young enough to be their daughters.