n Nikki Movie
Hello director-sahab Mr. Arjun Sablok, what have
you made? And what were you thinking when you
scripted this film?
Sablok had everything going in his favor: The
country's Numero Uno production house to back
him [Yash Raj], the best of resources at his
disposal, the works… But after watching NEAL 'N'
NIKKI, you can't help but feel sorry that Sablok
let go of a golden opportunity.
The hallmark of Yash Raj productions has been,
most of the times, their solid stories. But
there's none in NEAL 'N' NIKKI. Even if you sit
down with a magnifying glass to search for one,
chances are you'd get nowhere.
But, yes, what you'd actually find in abundance
in NEAL 'N' NIKKI is vulgarity, with the camera
focused on bust and butt all the while. If there
was an award for one of the most vulgar and
sleaziest films [in the name of contemporary
cinema] made in the recent times, NEAL 'N' NIKKI
would surely win hands down.
Supposedly aimed at the youth, NEAL 'N' NIKKI is
as lifeless as a mannequin in a hi-tech
departmental store. You may embellish it with
the best of garments, but the fact remains that
the soul is missing!
Set in Canada, NEAL 'N' NIKKI is the story of
two Indians, born and bred in Canada. It is the
story of a journey that changes their lives
Neal [Uday Chopra] gives into his parents'
wishes of marrying a girl called Sweetie [Richa
Pallod] from Bhatinda, but has just one
pre-condition. He wants to live it up one last
time and go to Vancouver on a 21-day bachelor
Neal gets lucky on his first day out in
Vancouver and is asked out by a hot supermodel.
A silly, spunky Indian girl ruins the date. The
girl? Nikki [Tanisha]. But this is only the
first of many chance encounters, where Nikki --
mostly by accident -- ensures that Neal never,
ever gets lucky. Whatever Neal does, Nikki
undoes. Call it luck, call it fate, call it
anything. Bit by bit, Neal's bachelor vacation
starts falling apart.
The two call a truce when Nikki decides to help
Neal get some serious action. She tells him she
can get him laid and takes him to “babe heaven”
-- Whistler. As they explore the Canadian
countryside, Neal and Nikki exchange life
stories and discover that as different as they
appear to be, they are actually similar. And no
matter how much they say they hate each other,
they become 'fun buddies'. A strange chemistry
ignites between them.
But the bubble bursts when Neal realizes that
Nikki has some very definite plans to 'use' him.
Does Neal abandon his road trip and return to
Vancouver? Does the twain ever meet? Do
opposites really attract? Are Neal and Nikki the
perfect foil for each other? Or is the anonymous
girl from Bhatinda the right choice for Neal?
NEAL 'N' NIKKI charters the same path as most
love stories: Boy meets girl, they can't stand
each other initially, but fall in love
subsequently, there are obstacles and
misunderstandings… The age-old formula has been
beaten to death since time immemorial. In
actuality, NEAL 'N' NIKKI turns out to be a very
poor rehash of Aditya Chopra's blockbuster hit
DILWALE DULHANIYA LE JAYENGE. Of course, NEAL
'N' NIKKI gets it all wrong: It harps on sex
more than story and that's why it fails
Frankly, there's no story as such. And you
realize it all through the first 45 minutes. The
two youngsters, Uday and Tanisha, are complete
maniacs. The guy wants to bed every woman he
sees, while the girl wants to aid the guy in his
'mission'. All through the journey what you get
to see is Uday eyeing every second woman's busts
and the conversation veering towards
'wham-bam-thank-you-ma'am' kind of situations.
There's no twist and turn in the plot, so when
the intermission card is flashed at the end of
the first part, you actually wonder whether you
were indeed watching a film or listening to some
non-stop meaningless chatter by two youngsters
who refuse to grow up.
Thankfully, there are a few interesting
incidents in the post-interval portions. The
twist in the tale -- when Uday discovers that
Tanisha is Richa's cousin -- catches you by
surprise. But the subsequent portions -- Uday
loves Tanisha, but Tanisha is still in a state
of denial -- come across as a complete farce.
Even the end -- when Gaurav Gera suddenly gets
up and professes love for Richa Pallod, while
she is getting engaged to Uday -- looks like a
complete compromise from the writing point of
view. In fact, the screenplay of this film is so
tacky, so listless, so lackluster that you
realize that Sablok has no clue of what
screenplay writing is all about. Or, perhaps,
Sablok took the audience for granted!
Director Arjun Sablok concentrates more on
visuals than content. The film has an upmarket
look from start to end, but how one wishes he'd
worked harder on the screenplay. Also, why this
need to focus on bust-n-butt in almost every
sequence? Is that the definition of modern
cinema? Or is that what Sablok thinks the
moviegoers want to watch over a gripping story?
Sorry, that's not naughty, that's cheap!
Salim-Sulaiman's music is strictly functional.
The songs give you the heard-them-before
feeling, barring the 'Halla Re' track.
Cinematography [P.S. Vinod] is fantastic and the
locales of Canada have been captured on
celluloid with dexterity.
Uday Chopra is likeable at most times, although
he tends to go overboard in some scenes. Tanisha
hams throughout and gets on your nerves with her
screechy voice. However, her makeover is
commendable. Richa Pallod gets no scope. Gaurav
Gera is pure teakwood. Abhishek Bachchan makes
an insignificant cameo in 'Halla Re' song.
On the whole, NEAL 'N' NIKKI concentrates more
on sex, skin show, sleaze and vulgarity than a
sound story. A terrible letdown in terms of
content, the film has precious little to offer
to the moviegoers. At the box-office, the
generous dose of skin show and vulgarity in the
absence of a script will tell on its business.
Also, may a scene in English will only restrict
its appeal further.