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Nikamma movie review: Shilpa Shetty’s return has you worried about Bollywood’s future

Nikamma movie review: Shilpa Shetty’s return has you worried about Bollywood’s future

The cast of the film Nikamma: Abhimanyu Dassani, Shilpa Shetty, Shirley Setia, Abhimanyu Singh, Sameer Soni, Vikram Gokhale
Director of the film Nikamma: Sabbir Khan
Nikamma Movie Rating: half star

Who among us thinks it’s 2022? Not the manufacturers responsible for ‘Nikamma‘, a remake of the Telugu hit ‘Middle Class Abbayi’, because they dreamed up a film so shelved that it would have been outright rejected even in the 80s.

Jobless Adi (Abhimanyu Dassani) is just another version of your standard procedural Bollywood hero. A brat, much loved by his loving family, which includes an older brother (Sameer Soni) and a seemingly strict sister-in-law (Shilpa Shetty). But we all know Adi is just biding his time, waiting for a chance to reveal his true colors.

Meanwhile, there’s the obligatory encounter with a cute student (Shirley Setia), who is never to be seen in a classroom. At the time, the heroine was reportedly seen carrying at least one book. Here there is evidence of hairstyle and makeup and nothing else.

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It is also a film which wants to be Shilpa Shettyis back, so for the price of one, you get two-two heroes. Shetty plays a government officer in a small town, taking on the local villain (Abhimanyu Singh), who lives in a palace and is always surrounded by a bunch of sullen goons.

So here is your film: Adi and his ‘maa samaan’ Bhabhi facing the Very Bad Guy. Sets featuring bike chases, fight scenes, bloodied limbs, and a guy who takes on all comers. And just so you know they haven’t been forgotten, some singing and dancing.

There’s nothing in this movie that we haven’t seen a million times before. Unless you think Mrs. Shetty trying to be badass counts. Or maybe that’s what the filmmakers think. Abhimanyu Dasani does a fair job playing another version of Salman Khan, who was a similar Bratish hero in his mother’s 1989 debut, “Maine Pyar Kiya.” The only thing missing is a shirtless scene.

‘Nikamma’ is nothing but a 2.5 hour torture wondering about the future of Bollywood. If that’s what we get in the name of a new movie with a new hero, which has shown promising signs in its first two outings, then, well, it’s time to go home.

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