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Nikamma Review: Shilpa Shetty, Abhimanyu Dassani, Shirley Setia starrer is a complete disappointment

Nikamma Movie Review

A popular playback singer (Shirley Setia) making her Bollywood debut, a young hero (Abhimanyu Dassani) who was touted as the next big thing after his first film, and a 90s top heroine (Shilpa Shetty) making her big-screen comeback after 14 years — sounds like a pretty decent recipe for a commercial film. However, Nikamma, directed by Sabbir Khan, makes you ponder how badly a filmmaker can get his story, treatment, tempo, and overall impact wrong. Given that Nikamma is based on the 2017 Telugu film Middle Class Abbayi, which was a mediocre picture in its own right, you shouldn’t have great expectations for the Hindi remake.


The first half of Nikamma is highly uneven and appears like parts of a puzzle that have been haphazardly slapped together without any consideration, written by Venu Sriram, with dialogues from Sanamjit Talwar. I was unsure if I was seeing the same movie for the first 30 minutes, as two parallel and disjointed stories unfurled one after the other. The film will challenge your patience and leave you with a headache after 2 hours and 30 minutes.

In Mard Ko Dard Nahi Hota, Dassani was hilarious, and in Meenakshi Sundareswar, he was outstanding. If Nikamma demonstrates anything, it’s that the young actor has potential, but he needs to be far more selective in his casting choices. He is attempting to rise beyond the writing in this scene. Shirely Setia has a lovely presence, but she has a long way to go before she can be considered complete. Shilpa Shetty’s portrayal has a lot of swag, but it’s devoid of actual depth.

The villain is a sickeningly whining dude who shouts and rants when he does not get his way, except for the fact that the hero tries very hard to be as rounded a personality as a man can be but goes nowhere in particular. Worse, he pulls out his handgun and points it at his own head to resolve a disagreement – something he does several times.

Nikamma is a bit over two hours and fifteen minutes lengthy, and we’re still not sure why. After a series of predictable turns and a slew of slow-mo battle scenes, the film gives the audience a rewind in the form of Adi’s superhuman memory, and we could hear the nearly empty theater sigh.


Watch Nikamma if you’re looking for a half-sleep, half-joke situation and are looking for no-brainers.

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