– REEMA CHHABDA
Abhimanyu plays Adi, a ‘Nikamma’ who is spoiled by his family and has no ambitions in life. When his brother marries a strict Avni played by Shilpa Shetty, his comfortable life takes a shift. He makes the decision to move out of the house and live with his extended family. However, after his Bhabhi’s transfer to Dhaamli, he is forced to return home and join her. When she makes him do all the housework, Adi’s affluent existence is thrown into disarray. He finds an escape, though, when he falls in love with Shirley Setia’s Natasha aka Nikki. She’s also Avni’s cousin, which is a happy coincidence. When Avni finds out about their relationship, she separates them, fueling his rage.
Nikamma is as ridiculous as it gets. The film was billed as an action-comedy, but it lacked laughter and was instead replete with the cheesy speech that I thought we had left behind in the previous decade. To instill terror, Abhimanyu Singh, who plays the evil guy, makes a Stranger Things-style entrance and say weird dialogues. To match his corniness, Abhimanyu Dassani is given some awful lines.
The film is directed by Sabbir Khan, who previously directed Heropanti, Baaghi, and Munna Michael. For some reason, the early part of the film felt haphazardly put together, with certain sequences starting over. In terms of the second half of the picture, it appears to be a bit of a slog.
The movie’s music is torturous, and I was hoping to avoid seeing an elaborate romantic ballad between Abhimanyu and Shirley.
Shilpa Shetty as an RTO officer/IPS officer gives a powerful performance, exuding thunderous superwoman emotions. Shilpa’s role is well-written, and we appreciated how she maintains her demeanor as a government official throughout the movie. Though she delivers a strong performance in the action moments, she falters in the emotional ones. It came out as forced and unreal.
While he shows that he may be a typical 1990s hero, he appears to be out of place in the avatar. The actor, who has given memorable performances in films like Mard Ko Dard Nahi Hota and Meenakshi Sundareshwar, does not deliver anything new. While Abhimanyu’s desire to make a massy film is understandable, this didn’t seem like the appropriate fit.
Aside from appearing gorgeous, Shirley Setia as Abhimanyu’s girlfriend has nothing new to offer. Vikramjit Bisht, played by Abhimanyu Singh, is cruel and dangerous. Abhimanyu gives his portrayal a sense of seriousness. Samir Soni’s performance as Abhimanyu’s elder brother is lovely and endearing. In his limited screentime, Samir performs an excellent job.
Nikamma is a disappointment. You might even doze off in between the tedious songs.