Aaja Nachle - Notepad

wogma rating: Buy the DVD already (?)
quick review:

Aaja Nachle is another ordinary story narrated pleasantly and in a digestible manner. So, you know the end, but you wait for the next obstacle that the protagonist will face. The dialogues are a good spread between funny and casually profound. A good first half and the magnificent climax makes you forgive the multiple glitches in characterizations and a few in the script. There are only so many things you can do with a feel good movie.

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Plot Summary

Dia (Madhuri Dixit) wants to revive an old and long forgotten dance theater. A theater that she is in love with. There are people who don't want this to happen. We see the drama unfold with a lot of singing and dancing.

What Worked

  • The opening sequence - Cut to the chase, no riff-raff, straight to Madhuri Dixit dancing.
  • The crane shots - beautifully framed.
  • Editing in all of the songs. Nicely interspersed with the story.
  • Costumes in the flashback - reflected the trends from 11 years ago.
  • The exchanges between Madhuri Dixit and Akshaye Khanna.
  • The way Sushmita Mukherjee delivered one of the most clichéd dialogues.
  • The way the crowd cheered Irrfan Khan's entry!
  • Madhuri Dixit's graceful hip movements - would put Shakira to shame.
  • Too much energy is not spent on the action scenes. Smart move, since the movie is not about the action. The camera takes over and is done with it.

What did not

Note: This section simply lists the things that I did not like in this movie. This is not the overall impression about this movie. Please read the full review here

  • Yet again, a white is portrayed as a dimwit - chews off a chili as if he doesn't even know what a chili looks like and that it is supposed to be super-hot.
  • What was dada's source of income? How does he get money to get himself filmed?
  • Is pizza was supposed to be an indicator of how educated and "foreign return" Raja saahab (Akshay Khanna)?
  • How did Dia organize the first dance!? Overnight everything is cleaned up and the stage is set for a grand performance. All too easy.
  • The abrupt cut into Akshaye Khanna playing golf. Very distracting.
  • The one glaring loophole - the entire village knew about Dia's infamous past. Then why does her friend's statement make any difference at all. Not a very smooth way to get the friend into action. There surely must have been a better way.
  • Divya Dutta's dialogue delivery in the scene where she comes to clarify things. Too melodramatic.
  • Najma's husband's (Irrfan Khan's) transformation in the end. Totally uncalled for and unnecessary.

Nitty-Gritty

This section lists things that I think are not important to the overall impact of the movie. In most cases, it could be explained away by something like, "we noticed the glitch after the scene was shot and there were schedule/budget issues and thus we could not re-shoot it". I like giving the makers the benefit of doubt, but I am amused nevertheless. Hopefully, they will tickle you too.

  • The difference in height between Kunal Kapoor and Konkona Sen Sharma seems to magically disappear in the scene where he has an outburst and tells her off.