Nikamma Movie Review: Abhimanyu Dassani and Shilpa Shetty starrer turns out to be yawnsome

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Film: Nikamma

Director: Sabbir Khan

Cast: Abhimanyu Dassani, Shilpa Shetty, Samir Soni, Shirley Setia, Abhimanyu Singh

Bollywood Bubble ratings: 2.5/5 stars




Nikamma movie review:

Nikamma is a remake of a Telugu film, MCA: Middle Class Abbayi starring Nani and Sai Pallavi. Well, I had no clue that it was a remake film and interestingly, I had seen Nani starrer earlier, hence, it was easy for me to understand the Hindi version of the film. Nikamma narrates the story of a useless man who has no motive in his life but becomes a hero when it comes to the safety of his family. Abhimanyu Dassani and Shilpa Shetty starrer is touted as a comedy thriller but couldn’t see anything in the movie.


Adi is a middle-class boy who has no aim in his life other than chilling. However, his world turns upside down when his brother gets married and he starts hating his sister-in-law. He was then asked to stay with his sister-in-law in another city for some time as his brother is unable to be with his wife. Amidst all the hatred, he then confronts a gangster in order to protect his sister-in-law whom he disliked previously but changed his stance after he learns of her sacrifice for him and his girlfriend.

Star Performances: 

Abhimanyu Dassani essays the role of a man who has no work in his life. He is a serial chiller and loves to dawdle. But he becomes an angry young man when a gangster tries to harm his family. Abhimanyu Dassani’s character has a photographic memory and has the magical ability to recall a visual or any episode from high precision. Abhimanyu is actually a decent actor; however, it seems like he has gone overboard. Apart from his action scenes, Abhimanyu does not captivate you with his presence. He tries to pull off the swag but doesn’t attract you with his persona. Abhimanyu in Meenakshi Sundareshwar or even in his Bollywood debut film, Mard Ko Dard Nahi Hota, was quite entertaining unlike in Nikamma.

Shilpa Shetty gives a power-packed performance as an RTO officer/IPS officer, oozing thunderous superwoman vibes. Shilpa’s character is well written and we loved how she maintains her decorum as a government officer throughout the film. I was hoping that in some scene she will break her character and become the actor again onscreen but she surprised me with her act. Also, those who all are waiting for Rohit Shetty’s Indian Police Force, you’re in for a treat. Nikamma gives you a little teaser on what to expect from Shilpa in the web series. Though she gives a banging performance in the action sequence, she falls short in the emotional scenes. It felt quite forced and unreal. 

Shirley Setia as Abhimanyu’s girlfriend has nothing new to offer, apart from looking pretty. What a badly written character. I would have loved it if she added more value to the film; however, Shirley still needs a lot to learn in the acting department and hope to see her grow as an actor.

Abhimanyu Singh as Vikramjit Bisht is ruthless and menacing. He always leaves you stunned with his villainous act, be it in Sooryavanshi, Bachchhan Paandey or even Bhaukaal. Abhimanyu adds a level of gravitas to his character.

Samir Soni as Abhimanyu’s brother is sweet and adorable. Samir does a fab job in the limited screentime. 

Direction/ Screenplay: 

Sabbir Khan who has previously helmed Heropanti, Baaghi and Munna Michael has now directed Nikamma. For some reason, the first half of the film seemed to be loosely executed, as some of the scenes begin anew. Speaking about the second half of the film, it seems to be a bit drag. Sabbir tries to bring in the South flavour in the movie but it looks so jarring. Right from the slo-mo action sequence to him pulling a chair in front of the villain, it was quite unappealing. The songs in the movie seem torture to me, in fact, I was hoping not to see an elaborate romantic ballad between Abhimanyu and Shirley. 

Abhimanyu and Shirley’s chemistry was so off-putting and their love story seems to be the epitome of cringe. I mean who asks someone to marry them on their first meeting? Unrealistic to another level.


In totality, Nikamma is a yawnsome movie. The only thing that leaves you quite glued to the screen is Shilpa Shetty and her wonder woman actions. You might even snooze in between the long boring songs. The story of Nikamma is quite intriguing but it was the execution that left me with a brain freeze. 

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