Faraz Haider directed 'Nanu Ki Jaanu' is an entertaining horror-comedy trying to remain true to its genre and conveying some series of social messages in quite a relatable manner. The story revolves around a Delhi land mafia agent played by Abhay Deol and his gang members who act as a temporary tenant that proceeds with their bullying means and fraudulent nature. They forcibly make the landholders sign the property papers taking the possession of their property. There is a twist in Nanu's life as he witnesses a young woman who meets with an accident bleeding. Just like it often happens in reality, nobody comes forward to take the injured to hospital fearing police investigation and a lot of burden over their head. However, this ruthless lad Abhay Deol jumps forward to help her. Patralekha aka Jaanu stares at him, gives those sweet dainty look and Nanu is all concerned about keeping her awake all the time. A disheartening moment bumps into Nanu's life as he couldn't save her and that's all that he wanted.
A land mafia becomes an emotional fool. He is traumatised by the unfortunate incident and flashbacks are haunting him. While here begins the quirks and hilarious happening in their life. The intensity of bullying the apartment owners goes missing, and he has to now deal with the arrival of a ghost in his apartment. There were some moments of laughter in the film and the major credit goes to the gang member Manu Rishi Chadha aka Dabbu who makes us giggle with his act. Rajesh Sharma who plays Jaanu's on-screen father has a lot of emotional act to pull out and he performs seemingly well. Depressed and emotionally shattered Abhay Deol is spot on with his role and his connection with the ghost in his life is portrayed well. There is a small cameo of Manoj Pahwa as Mia Bhai who bribed the police to close down the matter. Evaluating it critically it is a spineless comedy.
Even after being of a horror comedy genre, the film covers some social topics like domestic violence and following the RTO Guidelines like wearing the helmet and not talking on the phone while driving, this makes the film a snoozefest. Well, the lukewarm performances of the supporting cast try to lift the film. The climax has a twist to this tale of Nanu Ki Jaanu and you didn't guess that it's coming. The first half is comparatively more entertaining. The second half seems dull and stretched in some parts. Towards the climax we feel that the movie was solely made for propagating social message.
Now let's talk about the songs of the film. The song just at the beginning with Abay's heroic entry in the Sapna Choudhary item number 'Tere Thumke' is of dil se desi Haryanvi essence. Sapna Choudhary is the solo performer in the song accompanying Deol. The next song is a Mika Singh number titled 'Bhoot Aaya' that runs in between the narration of the film and the full song appears at the end of the film's credit scene. Penned by Sajid Qureshi and Sachin Gupta have used the line to create their song, 'Bhoot Aaya'. The lyrics are quite ordinary (a fun simple song with no meaning-full lines), but it the disco music makes 'Bhoot Aaya' an entertaining number crafter with Mika's voice. Surprisingly a romantic number 'Tujhe Dekhti Hai Nazar' has caught all our attention. The song is cheerful and enduring as Nanu is seen falling in love with the ghost Siddhi aka Jaanu talking to her while driving a car, and holding an umbrella during heavy showers are some cute moments from the song. Penned by Abid Ali with the composition of Gunwant Sen and Mohammad Irfan's voice, this unusual romantic number which pleases our eye. Though the song is all about lovey-dovey moments, it fails to connect with the film's genre.
Talking about the film's technical aspects, the writers Myshkin and Manu Rishi Chadha have written a simple horror-comedy. They tried to conclude the film on a positive note conveying some serious social messages to the audience. Faraz Haider's collaboration with Abhay Deol after 'Oye Lucky Lucky Oye' is not as great as it was earlier. The typical Delhiwala dialect is manoeuvred with the dose of mild humour which is not bad to intake. S.R. Sathish Kumar cinematography is simple and straight. Not much of the camera angles have been explored. Film's editing by Manan Sagar is smooth and serene carrying the narrative of the film perfectly.
A spineless horror comedy that can be watched to kill-time.