Film Review: Nikamma (Worthless)

Film Review: Nikamma (Worthless)

Starring: Abhimanyu Dasani, Shilpa Shetty Kundra, Samir Soni, Shirley Setia, Sachin Khedekar

Director: Sabir Khan

Every now and then Bollywood throws up a release that evokes interest for standing out as an unusual sounding and looking tale. This Netflix release with Shilpa Shetty Kundra back on the screens after a bit of a gap falls comfortably into that category.

Adi (Dasani) is a brat who has been thoroughly spoilt by his doting elder brother (Samir Soni) as the duo grow up together without the love of their late parents. Their brotherly bonding is extremely strong and unbreakable until his brother’s new hard-working and professional wife Avni (Shetty Kundra) enters this male-dominated household.

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The pampered Adi decides to flee the scene to his uncle’s home, where he turns his focus on being spoilt by his aunt instead. However, a sudden missive from his brother to rush back home and undertake the task of helping out his sister-in-law as she takes charge of a fresh crime fighting post as a law enforcement transport official reluctantly draws him back.

Adi seems to be blinded in his dislike for his sister-in-law and presumes the feeling is mutual. But as events unfold, he realises how wrong he is about her and in fact joins forces with her to overcome his own lazy and aimless existence.

From the very first frame, it becomes very obvious that this Bollywood remake of a Telugu film is not up to the very basic cinematic standards that we have come to expect on streaming platforms. A not-so-flimsy plot on paper has been transformed into one filled with holes for the screen.

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Dasani, the star son of yesteryear’s semi-successful actors Bhagyashree and Himalaya, has an acting award under his belt for his debut. But that seems to have no bearing in this latest outing as he overacts and hams his way through depictions of an aimless youth.

The only mildly watchable aspect is mum-of-two Shilpa Shetty Kundra’s remarkable look as she is mock transformed into Superwoman and a Goddess during efforts to inject humour in this otherwise bland tale.

Overall, ‘Nikamma’ is pretty much true to its name in being quite worthless.

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