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Movie Review: Nawabzaade

Banners: T Films, RD Entertainment

Producers: Lizelle D’Souza, Mayur K Barot (White Measure Entertainment )

Director: Jayesh Pradhan

Cast: Raghav Juyal, Punit J Pathak, Dharmesh Yelande, Isha Rikhi, Vijay Raaz, Mukesh Tiwari, Zakir Hussain

Writer: Pradeep Singh

Music: Gurinder Seagal, Guru Randhawa, Badshah

Three friends, Karan, Salim and Abhishek, are small-town guys looking for love. All three of them are smitten by Sheetal, who has moved into their locality with her family. The trio tries different ways to win her over. They spend money on her and her family to get into their good books.

Things don’t go as planned for the three friends and instead their love misadventures lead them into trouble with the police as well as a local drug peddler. While trying to salvage themselves from the mess, they uncover a shocking truth about Sheetal.

The writing has its funny moments but there are some scenes that seem to encourage eve-teasing, especially when the three guys enter the girl’s bedroom in the middle of the night. In another scene, they kidnap the girl when they feel she has not reciprocated their love. The story has potential but it falls short in overall impact.

Music is definitely the highlight of the film and there are some foot-tapping numbers. But they do not add much to the narrative. While the special appearances by Athiya Shetty in the opening song and Varun Dhawan and Shraddha Kapoor in the closing number are fun to watch, it is Sanjeeda Sheikh who is memorable in an item song.

Performance-wise, Raghav, Dharmesh and Punit are amazing dancers and the song numbers prove that. As Karan, Salim and Abhishek respectively, they are not bad, but at times it looks as if they are trying too hard. Of the three, Punit impresses most. Among the supporting cast, Vijay Raaz stands out. As the cop Kathor Singh, he keeps the humour quotient high, with able support from Mukesh Tiwari, who plays the drug peddler, and Zakir Hussain as Sheetal’s drunkard father. Isha Rikhi as Sheetal is okay. Her performance feels dull when compared to the rest of the cast.

Verdict: Dud!

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