Movie Review: Detective NaaniMay 22nd, 2009 - 4:33 pm ICT by Sampurn Wire
Detective Naani: Grand Mess
Rating: 1.5 out of 5*
Starring: Ava Mukherjee, Master Zain Khan, Ankur Nayyar, Amrita Saluja, Shubhangi Gokhale, Amit Verma and Shweta Gulati
Director: Romilla Mukherjee
During her daily ritual of morning walk, 75 year old Naani (Ava Mukherjee the famous Dabur model) witnesses a small girl (Saili Shettye) peeping at her nervously. Intrigued, as Naani tries to find more about the girl she stumbles on a huge racket. In her mission to unearth the big mystery she is aided by her aspiring detective grandson (Zain Khan) as also from some unexpected quarters. How her mission ends in a success and what positive changes this journey brings in the lives of Naani and those around her form the rest of the plot.
The basic plot premise sounds interesting on paper but the whole execution and unintelligent screenplay makes you wish it could have better made into an episode of a TV series. Since it has an unusual detective jodi of a grandmother and her grandson, the whodunit should have been laced with more funnier and imaginative moments. But unnecessary time is wasted on lack luster sub plots such as the two online lovers etc. Even the intended romantic track between the investigating CID officer (Ankar Nayyar) and Naani’s divorcee daughter (Amrita Saluja) appears half baked. What is worse is the running time which stretches to 135 minutes. You keep looking at your watch as one stupid sequence follows the other, hoping it all to end!
Sometimes you feel like forgiving all the above problems since it’s the director’s debut attempt and try to take solace in good acting but well you are disappointed on this front as well. While Zain Khan gets irritating after a point the rest all are no good either. Ava Mukherjee is the only saving grace.
Just give this film a miss. It tries to be a cute whodunit but ends up being a mess and a waste of your time.
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