Banner: Inbox Pictures Pvt Ltd.
Producer: Sajid Qureshi
Director: Faraz Haider
Cast: Abhay Deol, Patralekhaa,
Manu Rishi Chadda, Himani Shivpuri,
Brijendra Kala, Rajesh Sharma
Writer: Manu Rishi Chadda
Music: Sajid–Wajid, Gunwant Sen,
Bubli Haque-Meera, Sachin Gupta
Remaking a movie is no easy task. You have to get the essence of the story right and adapt it to the tastes of the target audience. And when you are remaking a fairly successful film, even if it is a regional film (in this case, the Tamil film Pisaasu), the result should do some justice to the original. Nanu Ki Jaanu manages to do justice to a certain extent but fails to do that in totality.
The story is set in Delhi. Nanu and his group of friends make a living by taking over properties and forcing the owners to sell their land to them. Completely unapologetic about their means of making money, the foursome believes in just having a good time.
One day, Nanu encounters a young woman, Siddhi, on the road. She has just survived an accident. He takes her to the hospital but she succumbs to her injuries. Her death leaves Janu disturbed. He loses the will to be the bad guy and suddenly feels remorse and grief. His friends try to get him out of this state but fail. And if things couldn’t get any worse, Nanu realises that he is sharing his home with a ghost. This is Siddhi’s ghost, the girl he tried to save. Thus starts Nanu’s struggle to get the ghost out of his house and his life.
The basic plot is the same as the original but the writer has added elements to make the film less of a horror movie and more a comedy. It was a good thought but it would have been better if the writer had gone ahead with the original. A horror element peppered with comedy would have had made the movie more enjoyable.
The focus is more on comedy but there isn’t enough of it. So, the film ends up being neither scary nor funny. Sure, there are a few lines and situations that make you laugh, but that’s about it. Also, the songs in the film look forced. That’s another problem with the movie.
Sadly, director Faraz Haider fails to impress. He opted for a good concept movie but the decision to introduce more comedy elements seems to have failed. However, he has handled several scenes very well. The film begins on a very promising note but it falters later. The screenplay is a big obstacle and the length of the film should have been reined in. In fact, the film feels longer than it is as it is not entertaining enough. Cinematography is just about okay. As mentioned, editing should have been crisp. Background music is all right. Musically, even though the film has multiple music directors, they have failed to deliver even one hit number.
Performance-wise, Abhay Deol as Nanu is sincere, but there are scenes where he seems uninterested in what’s happening. The song-and-dance number with Sapna Chaudhry is completely non-Abhay like and it shows. Manu Rishi as his friend is funny and he has some of the best lines in the movie. His scared-to-death reaction after meeting the ghost and his transformation due to that are hilarious.
Patralekhaa as Siddhi has little to do in the film, except for one song and a rather long climax. She has performed exactly as the role demands. Rajesh Sharma, who plays Siddhi’s dad, is a good actor wasted in this not-so-funny-scary film. Himani Shivpuri is good. Brijendra Kala is as usual. The rest of the cast lends adequate support.
Verdict: Just about okay!