Starring: Poonam Pandey, Shivam
Directed by: Amit Saxena
For a film whose title alone holds promise of a cinematic high, 'Nasha' brings you down in more ways than one. The handling of the teacher-student romance is as messy as the aftermath of letting loose a raging bull in a china shop. Amit Saxena's film is as mature as the 18-year-old protagonist - who is not very mature at all. As a result, 'Nasha' is unintentionally hilarious and bound to make you wonder what YOU were smoking when you thought paying to watch this film was a good idea.
What's it about?
Panchgani teenager Saahil (Shivam) falls head over heels for his summer school instructor Anita (Poonam Pandey). Despite having a girlfriend, he makes valiant attempts to win Anita's affections until his teacher's boyfriend shows up. Following fully filmi tradition, Anita's boyfriend is a jerk with a roving eye, who says 'baby' a few hundred times a minute and thus, why wouldn't she be madly in love with him? Soon, Boyfriend Le Bum exposes himself for the rascal he is, and clears the way for Saahil. Will he and Anita have a happy ending?
As Anita, Poonam Pandey would beat Cameron Diaz hands down in a Bad Teacher title championship wrestling match. From tutoring students on how to pick the right ice cube to allowing arm wrestling between her boyfriend and Saahil, her methods are enough to make Dr Radhakrishnan perform cartwheels in his grave. Still, she doesn't make an entire mess of her lines, though remains a tease (even Shivam loses all his clothes, but not Ms Pandey!).
Shivam, however, is a different story. For most of the film, he walks around with an expression that's more shell-shocked than smitten. Also annoying is the jarring background score used during Shivam's scenes and sex fantasies. But then, when was subtlety ever Mr Saxena's middle name?
What to do?
The sex scenes in 'Nasha' are of the kind you might have seen before, but the acting is uniquely cringe-worthy. Don't let curiosity get the better of you - give this one a miss.
in.com rating: 1/5
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