Aaja Nachle – Movie Review – 3/10 - starring Madhuri Dixit in her comeback film, Akshaye Khanna, Kunal Kapoor, Konkona Sen Sharma, Ranvir Shorey and Vinay Pathak.
A very boring and unglamorous film, Aaja Nachle simply fails to spread the ‘enthusiasm’ of the protagonist (Madhuri Dixit) to the audience. The story is about a small town dance student who marries a foreigner and migrates abroad. When her ‘guru’ dies, she returns to India to resurrect her old dance school from the ruins and save it from being turned into a mall. To do this, she is asked by the MP (Akshaye Khanna) to put up a full-fledged dance drama starring the locals at short notice. The challenge lies in selecting the right people, training them and dealing with local opposition to make the dance drama a success.
Seems good enough, but here are the irritating bits of Aaja Nachle. A few excesses, such as the sets, costumes and background dancers of the ‘dance drama’, which had no sponsors may be forgiven, but not these holes -
- Madhuri ends up being a divorcee and is treated by the villagers with disdain. If the moviemakers didn’t want a ‘firang’ husband in the scene, why couldn’t they have made her a widow or a person with a very ‘busy’ husband? It just sort of makes the villagers seem right in distancing themselves from her. After all, they warned her about the ‘stereotype’ that all firangs are ‘bad’.
- The ‘guru’ ends up being more of a sadhu than a dance teacher. Instead of displaying some traditional dance moves, all he does is smile benignly and wave his arms about as his young girl students’ dance. That too without any gracefulness!!
- Madhuri ends up choosing the most unsuitable locals for the main cast of her drama ‘Laila Majnu’. Kunal Kapoor is a local stumbling goon and Konkona is downright ugly. Awful casting by the directors. You don’t need to cast dowdy second rate stars just to make Madhuri look good!!
- Dance steps and scenes that Madhuri is shown teaching her students are not there in the final drama shown at the end of Aja Nacchle.
Other than this - Story and script left a lot to be desired. Choreography was boring – Saroj Khan would have done it better. The songs of Aaja Nacchle were reasonably good but the setting was very plain and ordinary.
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