Sunday, January 06, 2008

Aaja Nachle – Movie Review

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.

aaja nachle aja nacchle nachlle madhuri dixit comeback konkona ranvir vinay kunal movie review film reviewsA 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.

Did you watch this film?? What do you think of my movie review of Aaja Nachle?


  1. Er...Actually, Konkona Sen Sharma and Kunal Kapoor are supposed to be actors with some critical acclaim to their credits. Could it be that the director might have failed to exploit their talents to the maximum potential?

  2. BTW, since it is a fact that about 6 to 7 out of every 10 marriages in the United States of America end up in divorce, it is quite obvious that any one who marries an American is more likely to end up as a divorcee than a widow/widower or, least of all, a married person, over an extended period of time.

  3. umm... i agree with the holes in the story bit..and this is a nice review.

  4. I saw this movie and on purpose didnt want to add the review and my review would have been same as yours :)
    I think Mad has lost her charm!

  5. Hey, Aja Nachle was a good movie. And if you didn't like it then don't even make a review. Get on with your life and watch something else!

  6. I agree with anonymous. I thought that it was a GREAT movie. Plus, not everyone has 15 make-up artists at hand. And Obviously, people living in remote villages aren't about to go get plastic surgery because some people don't like them or because their not movie stars. If someone doesn't like them, that's that persons problem, not the actors.


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