Poonam Pandey’s Nasha is a better debut than she could have hoped for. Considering her image as a social media seductress. Yes, it is very heavy in sexually suggestive content with many seduction scenes thrown in but it is not entirely devoid of aesthetics. The movie’s strength lies in the genuine depiction – teenage infatuation, angst and pain captured well by director Amit Saxena. It is essentially an adult movie but made for and about young adults. the high school musical like songs that crop up from time to time, the surreal Dehradun landscape, initial discoveries of sexuality etc. Mind you this is no SOTY, not glossy but a rather surreal representation of puberty for 16-18 year olds.
Although the storyline suggests the film is about a young boy falling in love with his “choti knicker wali” mam. It is more about a “group” of young kids, the changes in their relationships as a hot teacher enters their lives. Surprisingly aesthetic and sensitive, Nasha deserved a better female lead. The group of teenagers make sure you never feel the lack of genuine performances. Shivam who plays lead Sahil captures teenage confusion and romance perfectly through his summer vacation adventure with the teacher. The wet dream like attraction for the teacher, the jealousy when she’s dating someone, the excitement when she cries on his shoulders. All captured with surprising intensify and sensitivity.
He strengths of the film include quirky and light hearted dialogue and good cinematography. A grade teenage performances and a music score that compliments. Drawbacks – Pooman Pandey. the film could have made a brilliant teenage hit if it had a female lead who could act. Speaking of drawbacks, what should one rate the background music as, if it is effective yet sounds suspiciously liek it’s been ripped off note to note from one of Nolan’s best films? A Nasha inside a Nasha if you please?
As a whole, not entirely unworthy of your time, it is a surprise package if you walk in forgetting that it stars the ‘happy to strip’ Miss Pandey.