2 out of 5 (Okay)
Nasha could've been a lot better had it been for a better actress than Poonam Pandey and a more polished and edited story.
Mansha Rastogi Fri, 26 Jul 2013
Poonam Pandey, the name itself adds dollops of "Bold" quotient to anything. The starlet has been in and around the filmy scene for quite some time and except adding sensationalism via her twitter handle by announcing to shed her clothes every now and then, the controversial babe hasn't had much to offer until now. Finally after a long while of Pandey being around her debut film Nasha makes it to the theaters. We tell you what the film is all about.
Nasha is the story of an 18-year-old boy Sahil (Shivam) who falls hopelessly in love with a 25-year-old woman Anita (Poonam Pandey), a teacher of his college. Sahil cannot have, but at the same time cannot prevent his desire for her. And, as is the case with desires unfulfilled, they turn into obsessions. So that, in the course of coping with his unrequited love, the boy requites a lot more.
This isn't the first time around for filmmaker Amit Saxena to deal with an explicit theme. The director debuted with the controversial John Abraham and Bipasha Basu starrer Jism. Hence despite the long gap you expect the filmmaker to have a strong hand at handling a story of juvenile infatuation sensitively. However, what the filmmaker does it presents a highly in-your-face drama.
Amit Saxena takes a theme similar to films like Ek Choti Si Love Story or the international film Malena and moulds it in a contemporary setting. Nasha has its moments, especially the way it captures the dilemma of being in love with the wrong person. But it's how the filmmaker weaves the story around the crux is what doesn't work.
Also where he goes horribly wrong is in casting Poonam Pandey as the femme fatale. Agreed, the debutant has quite a fan base among the male species for obvious reasons but Pandey fails to do justice to her part as an actress.
What's surprising is the rest of the cast of the college students. If you overlook Poonam Pandey's in your face screen presence, the bunch of college friends play their parts quite convincingly. Yet another surprise package is the lead actor opposite Poonam Pandey, Shivam. It's laudable how the young lad plays some of the bold scenes with aplomb, quite a rare feat among the newcomers of his raw age.
To sum it up, Nasha could've been a lot better had it been for a better actress than Poonam Pandey and a more polished and edited story.
Critic: Mansha Rastogi
2 out of 5 (Okay)