Aaja Nachle Introduction:
There is no one really like her nor will there ever be. Charming, Beautiful, Graceful and with a smile that ruled millions of hearts worldwide – Madhuri Dixit weaved magic for more than a decade in Bollywood and after a 5 year long wait she makes her comeback. She is arguably one of Bollywood’s most talented and popular actresses ever. Directed by cinematographer turned director Anil Mehta, Yashraj Films presents Madhuri Dixit’s Aaja Nachle.
Aaja Nachle Story
Aaja Nachle is about a women’s journey back to her hometown to teach the importance of art and artifacts, rekindling lost relationships and bringing back to life the theatre where she learnt the lessons of life, love and dance.
Dia Srivastav (Madhuri Dixit) returns to her hometown Shamli from New York to meet her ailing guru (Darshan Jariwala). On reaching she finds out about the death of her guru and adding to her distress, she is informed about the Government’s decision to pull down Ajanta Theatre, the place where she was taught to live, love and dance. To fulfill her guru’s last wish Dia takes it upon herself to save the monument from destruction and bringing back to life the art of music and dance. With the help of her Guru’s friend Doctor (Raghubir Yadav), Dia takes up the challenge of putting together a show in two months time casting the people of Shamli.
Wining the hearts of the people of Shamli town, overcoming the offenses of politicians and a powerful contractor, finding her member cast and producing a theatrical show is not an easy task. How and will she succeed in saving Ajanta from demolition? This forms the rest of the story.
Aaja Nachle Review
The movie starts off slow, with the first 15 minutes being dull but soon gathers momentum. The audition sequence is interesting and also comical at times. Post interval the pace slackens and tends to get over dramatic. Although director Anil Mehta’s execution is good, the script lets him down. The characters in the movie, barring a few, don’t make an impact. The sequences had to be more intact and effectual. Madhuri’s character lacks appeal. Neither do you feel for the character nor do you feel like cheering her to victory. If only the pain of her mortification was stressed, her fight and her predicament would have emerged more personal and throbbing. Also even though she is visiting her hometown after 11 long years, she never really makes even an attempt to find out about her parents.
The last 20 – 30 minutes is boring and disappoint big time, the Laila – Majnu drama is too long. Cinematography is great, dialogues are interesting, the sets are mind blowing. Choreography by Vaibhavi Merchant is vivacious and commendable. Music by Salim and Sulaiman Merchant is just average, should have been much better as the movie in itself is a dance musical.
Madhuri Dixit shines throughout the movie with her pleasing beauty, unmatchable acting and dancing skills. She is just her charming usual self. Konkona Sen Sharma has set such high standards for herself that she disappoints. Akshay Khanna is excellent in his limited role. Rang De Basanti star Kunal Kapoor is natural and efficient. Vinay Sharma’s and Sushmitha Mukherjee’s characters were interesting and the two have carried their role with ease. Ranvir Shorey is fantastic. Darshan Jariwala, Irrfan Khan, Divya Dutta and Dalai (Madhuri’s daughter in the movie) are good.
Indicine Aaja Nachle Verdict
Aaja Nachle is not the perfect comeback vehicle Madhuri Fans would have been hoping for. Also the movie is never consistent, just entertains in bits and pieces. At the Box-office, Madhuri’s presence would ensure a good opening. Can it sustain? Don’t think it would!
Watch it once for Madhuri!