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Aaja Nachle
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Aaja Nachle
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Aaja Nachle

Cast : Madhuri Dixit, Akshaye Khanna, Konkona Sen Sharma, Kunal Kapoor

Direction: Anil Mehta

Music: Salim Merchant, Sulaiman Merchant

Production: Aditya Chopra

Aaja Nachle, the comeback movie of Bollywood sweetheart Madhuri Dixit was expected with bated breath. And Yash Raj left no stones unturned in the marketing department to give the extra edge to the movie’s publicity. But the cinematographer-turned-director Anil Mehta just seems to have missed a golden opportunity.
Aaja Nachle

The movie is about a New York dancer Dia (Madhuri Dixit) who decides to come back home when she hears news that her dance teacher is dying. Madhuri is late and her guru dies, but his last wish was to keep Ajantha, a theatre where they learnt dance safe, as the government has decided to demolish it and construct a shopping mall. Madhuri tries to persuade the MP Akshaye Khanna, but he asks her to prove that the theatre needs to be saved by performing a dance drama taking in only the villagers as the artists. Madhuri Dixit takes up the challenge and how she accomplishes it even after facing many obstacles form the rest of the story.

The movie reminds us of Lagaan and even so when Madhuri Dixit accepts the challenge, the background score is very much like Lagaan. But any movie can’t become Lagaan and it shows. The movie’s pace falters during the second half and goes through a lot of cliché’s which was thankfully not a part in the first half. The long drawn out Broadway musical style drama at the end was quite good but again, the inclusion of clichéd scenes of the audience getting involved with the drama and reacting to it spoils the impact a wee bit.

Director Anil Mehta has presented a straightforward story with some brilliantly executed sequences but the rest are contrived and pretty much over the top. The movie was expected to be inspirational but the protagonist gets her job done quite easily which is why our heart doesn’t go to her, an aspect which was why movies like Iqbal, or Chak de or Lagaan were accepted globally. Even after the climax, the baddies turns good in a jiffy but what made them change their mind? Anil Mehta has lost a golden opportunity, we must say, as he had the comeback girl

the Queen of jhatkas and matkaas Madhuri Dixit, and one of the most successful production house in India, the Yash Raj banner and still wasn’t able to give a movie which can be liked by all.

Performance wise, Madhuri Dixit just proves why she is still considered as the best actress Bollywood has produced. From the start till the end she captivates us with a spell binding performance. The place when Madhuri Dixit scolds her child for asking whether the drink offered was drinkable or not is a supreme example on how an expert she is in emoting. And she dances as gracefully as seen before. Akshaye Khanna, Kunal Kapoor and Konkana Sen have done their bit with complete understanding. But the real show stealers are Ranvir Shorey and Vinay Pathak, though small characters they have done it with élan. Jugal Hansraj was wasted in a small and insignificant role. Irfan Khan and Divya Dutta were reliable as usual. Others in the cast have done their work properly as well.

The technical aspect was of high order, something we can expect from the movies with Yash Raj symbol. Whether it is the cinematography or the art direction, the movie is just perfect. A special mention should also be given to the choreographer Vaibhavi Merchant, as all the dances are exceptional. Music by Salim - Sulaiman was just about ok; none of the songs remain with you when you come out.

Overall the movie doesn’t hit the right chord but Madhuri Dixit does and with style. So if you are a big fan of Madhuri you should not miss this, otherwise, the movie is a predictable fare with little or no scope at the box-office.

Verdict - A Madhuri Dixit extravaganza

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