Nautanki Saala! (transl. Dramatic scamp!) is an Indian romantic comedy-drama film directed by Rohan Sippy, starring Ayushmann Khurrana and Kunaal Roy Kapur along with Pooja Salvi, Evelyn Sharma and Gaelyn Mendonca. The story is based upon the 2003 French comedy film Après Vous.
The film was produced by Ramesh Sippy, Bhushan Kumar, Krishan Kumar and Roopa de Choudhury under the banner of Super Cassettes Industries Ltd. in association with R.S. Entertainment. The first look of Nautanki Saala! was released on 2 October 2012. Ayshmann Khurrana has sung again in Nautanki Saala!. Upon release, Bhushan Kumar declared the movie as a “winner in all the aspects”.
Abhishek Bachchan has done a cameo in the film for his friend, director Rohan Sippy. Bhushan Kumar finalised 12 April 2013 for Nautanki Saala!. He wanted a longer campaign of eight weeks for promotion. The first promo of Nautanki Saala! was attached with Special 26.
The story is about the friendship and the bonding between RP and Mandar and how they face problems and solve them.
Ram Parmar a.k.a. RP (Ayushmann Khurrana) is in meeting with a psychiatrist for problems he’s experiencing due to three break-ups in last three months. The film runs in a narrative mode. RP is a successful theater artist portraying the role of Raavan. One day while returning home, he witnesses Mandar Lele (Kunaal Roy Kapur) attempting suicide. He saves him and brings home. Mandar is devastated because of his break-up with Nandini (Pooja Salvi) and attempted suicide because he thinks he is worthless. As Ram is a helping guy, he tries solving out Mandar’s problems and probes into his life. He offers him the role of Lord Ram in his theater play. He finds Nandini and tries reuniting her with Mandar. While doing this he lies many times to his close friend Sita (Evelyn Sharma) and girlfriend Chitra (Gaelyn Mendonca). The latter ultimately breaks up with him. During this, Ram falls for Nandini who reciprocates his feelings. Meanwhile, Mandar is coming back to normal. Ram feels he is cheating his friend; he breaks-off with Nandini and makes arrangements so that Nandini and Mandar meet. Unfortunately, all this is revealed to Mandar and Nandini. Ram ultimately loses his girlfriend, his love and his friend.
Returning to the present day, the psychiatrist suggests RP to apologise to all three, which may suffice in resolving the problems. Mandar returns to RP’s play in the role of Hanuman and unites Nandini with RP. After doing so, he leaves with Sita.
Ayushmann Khurrana as Ram Parmar a.k.a. R.P.
Kunaal Roy Kapur as Mandar Lele
Pooja Salvi as Nandini Patel (voice dubbed by Urvi Ashar)
Gaelyn Mendonca as Chitra Singh
Sanjeev Bhatt as Chandra
Evelyn Sharma as Sita
Rufy Khan as Loki
Sulabha Arya as Mandar’s grandmother
Purva Naresh as Ram’s psychiatrist
Abhishek Bachchan in a Special Appearance