Super Nani
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IBTimes India Rating: 1

Rekha's comeback with Indra Kumar's "Super Nani" would've been a stellar one had the director not resorted to an age-old tear-jerking sloppy script.

The story is about 'abla naari' 'Bharti Bhatia (Rekha) who has not seen the world outside the kitchen and thus becomes a victim of perpetual humiliation. Underestimated and not given due respect, Bharti is mistreated by her husband (Randhir Kapoor) and kids.

Enter Manorath aka Mann (Sharman Joshi), who sweeps away his nani's troubles in a jiffy and transforms her into a star. In a nutshell, the process of moulding her into a new person is what this comedy-drama holds for you.

Overtly melodramatic and painstakingly boring, the film will definitely make you think – did fans lose the Rekha who essayed the toughest of roles with effortless ease and boast of a resume peppered with award-winning films such as "Umrao Jaan" and "Khoon Bhari Maang". Having said that, it is her performance alone which will make you want to sit up and take notice of what's happening to the money you spent at the ticket window.

Joshi, who has displayed exceptional acting skills earlier, hams it in this one. Settled in New York, it stands mandatory for the character to speak languages with an accent. But he fails at it terribly. However, his genuineness and urge to bring about change in his grandma's life makes it somewhat watchable. The romantic angle between him and starlet Shweta Kumar was unnecessary and a big bore.

Written by Vipul Mehta, the shabbily executed screenplay and over-the-top dialogues invest mostly in convincing viewers of the protagonist's plight. The story-telling could have been taut had Mehta nursed the massive hangover he acquired when writing Indian television's most popular (and brain-damaging) daily soap – "Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi".

Kumar, who has had an impressive line-up of hit family entertainers, might rake in some moolah but is far from putting together an engaging fare. The background score and music by Harshit Saxena-Sanjeev Darshan is forgettable and doesn't add much to the value of the film.

To cut the long story short, it's too Ekta Kapoor to be true.