‘Nanu Ki Jaanu’ is about an infamous land mafia Nanu (Abhay Deol) and his Jaanu Siddhi (Patralekhaa). They are not your usual couple but one is living and other one is a ghost as seen in the trailer. The story revolves around how after Siddhi dies in an accident, her spirit returns to haunt Nanu, who gets scared with the presence of a ghost in his house and he makes use of various tricks to kick her out.
No one believes him until they see for themselves. It all gets absurd when we get to know about Siddhi’s spirit and try to find out who killed her. Also there is a social message towards the end, but by then, nothing matters because of the mess created by the narration.
Post Rohit Shetty’s ‘Golmaal Again’, various filmmakers tried to do something in the similar genre of horror-comedy but have failed miserably. The story has been adapted from a Tamil film titled as ‘Pisasu’. The first half has some genuine funny moments but it’s the second half where everything goes haywire. The production team never tries to settle down for one thing and creates a mess overall.
The biggest disappointment is how Abhay Deol, whom we have seen starring in less but entertaining films, agreed to so such a film. The film suffers from an absurd narration and a bizarre storyline because of which everything else, even if good, stays under the line of boredom.
Abhay Deol, leading the pack, delivers a pretty ordinary performance. He is good in some scenes but sleepwalks in others. This is one of his dullest performances and some lesson how even great actors cannot make a bad film bearable. Patralekhaa is hardly there in the movie but is decent with her presence. Manu Rishi Chadha steals the show and has some hilarious scenes to his credit. Rajesh Sharma hams through major chunk of his performance.
Sapna Choudhary’s much talked about song “Tere Thumke” fails to create the desired impact as it will not even please its target ‘massy’ audience. The “Bhoot Aaya” song works in the background and gives the quirky feels. None of the other songs are worth remembering. S R Satish Kumar’s cinematography is too plain as apart from one posh flat, nothing scenic has been covered.
On the whole, ‘Nanu Ki Jaanu’ deserves a huge miss. With a few funny moments in the first half, Manu Rishi Chadha’s decent performance and nothing memorable. This will find hard to sustain in theaters and might work with television watching.