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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.Read more
I really like this trend of combining commercial cinema with believability. Where full advantage is taken of liberties given to the art form but yet no major leaps of faith are required. The one main thing the makers ask of you is a little benefit of doubt in character transformations towards the end. But by then you have enjoyed yourself enough to give it to them.
It's a musical, so neither is great acting demanded nor is it delivered. Everybody has to do their bit without going over-the-top and that's what they stick to. It is very interesting and rather commendable that although Madhuri is the heart and soul of the movie, only once in a while do you realize that it is Madhuri you are watching and not Dia. The gripping script deserves as much credit as the woman herself. She is aging gracefully, and it's great that she is playing mother to a 10-12 year old and not posing as a college student. I am really glad they didn't work very hard on covering up the blemishes on her face. Makes her more earthly.
Fortunately, the story is not just about her. And the movie is not just about her magical smile and wonderful eyes. Focus on just one character makes a movie very plain. Anyway, there is nothing very remarkable about her character. Aaja Nachle is more a comment on the onslaught of commercialization. About how politicians and businessmen play together to achieve whatever fancies their whim. It is also an attempt to show how a new educated breed of politicians can use this power to make a difference if they will. And all of this is running in the background, so there is no preaching. All-in-all, pretty decent fare for a feel good movie.
After a long while, a really long while, I was thinking, "oh cool, it's not even interval yet" instead of "oh crap, it's not even interval yet." The first half was very engrossing. And that the script was in the safe hands of Jaideep Sahni was a comforting thought during the interval. "Even if it drops, it's not going to plummet to the bottom." And drop it does. The second half seemed rushed. The little nuances of characters that I admired in the beginning were all mish-mashed and lost by the end.
But, the 20-minute grand finale in the form of a play makes up for all of that. What a spectacle! Yes, they don't let you forget you are watching a movie that has Yash Raj money pouring into it, and not a play. The edits, camera movements, art design all work towards that...and what a spectacle!! The lyrics, the music, the performances, the costumes, the colors, the choreography all make you wish that your eyes didn't need to blink. And that makes the extra half hour (over the standard two-hour length) acceptable. The audience in the theater was clapping after the play. It's almost as if the makers anticipated this and left a brilliantly timed pause at the end of the play.
Is it only befitting that the who's who of the Indian "parallel" cinema is asked to sing and dance? Because the characters in the movie are also the most unlikely to dance. Who would have imagined Ranvir Shorey, Vinay Pathak, and Konkana Sen Sharma would all be part of a musical? Or is it just that the producer wanted to say, "See, I made them dance too!" I wonder.
Is this becoming a formula at Yash Raj Films?
Just an observation, not complaining...not yet.
- meeta, a part of the audience
Thumbs up, by Baradwaj Rangan, Blogical Conclusion, The New Sunday Express : ...A potential detour into high histrionics is dissipated with a flash of a mega-watt smile... full review
Thumbs up, Buzz18 : ...The music is the kind that gradually grows on you.... full review
Thumbs up, by Bikas Mishra, DearCinema : ...However filmy the story could sound but it has been done so well that leaves one impressed... full review
Thumbs up, by Praveen Lance Fernandes, indiatimes : ...The music is cleverly inculcated into the screenplay and neither once do you feel that the film could have done without them.... full review
Thumbs up, Movie Talkies : ...Without trying to dissect the success of Chak De India, one can safely say that the obstacles in Aaja Nachle are not strong enough.... full review
Thumbs up, by Subhash K Jha, Now Running.com : ...Jaideep Sahni has given the gorgeous Dixit a role she can sink her teeth into.... full review
Thumbs up, by Shruti Bhasin, Planet Bollywood : ...The music is average but luckily incorporated into the scenes to not make it tedious.... full review
So-So, by Naresh Kumar Deoshi, Apun Ka Choice : ...It is Madhuri and other actors of the film that make you sit through this elaborate musical, and at times boring, saga called ‘Aaja Nachle’.... full review
So-So, by Jaspreet Pandohar, BBC : ...Her dazzling smile and skilful ability to liven up ordinary song and dance numbers reinforces her deserved reputation.... full review
So-So, by Rachel Fernandes, Bollywood Mantra : ...Jaideep Sahani’s screenplay lacks the punch to keep viewers riveted to the film’s proceedings... full review
So-So, by Martin D'souza, Glamsham.com : ...in the implementation of the age-old Laila Majnu kahani, Anil does the trick.... full review
So-So, by Rajeev Masand, IBN Live : ...To a large degree the holes in this screenplay are covered up by the excellent characters Sahni creates, and the actors who pump life into those roles... full review
So-So, Indicine : ...Aaja Nachle is not the perfect comeback vehicle Madhuri Fans would have been hoping for.... full review
So-So, by Sidin Vadukut, J.A.M : ...While everything is nice and feel-good and also intermittently funny, it is also a little blah... full review
So-So, by Vaibhav Wankhede, M TV : ...Sometimes the movie comes across as too gaudy and loud but it is successful in maintaining the light mood... full review
So-So, by Shailesh Limbachiya, Passion for Cinema : ...Apart from Madhuri, another hero of the film is Choreography and Music... full review
So-So, by Raja Sen, Rediff : ...Adi, boss, you need to understand that while we are all desperately craving escape, it doesn't necessarily translate to excess... full review
So-So, by Nikhat Kazmi, Times of India : ... Every little twist and turn of the meandering plot is predictable... full review
So-So, Upper Stall : ...Thankfully for once Salim-Sulaiman’s background score has been kept at a lower level so as not to intrude on the film... full review
Thumbs down, Bollyvista.com : ...This film is an ideal example of a promising plot (though not novel!) let down by half-baked development of script and characters... full review
Thumbs down, by Shubhra Gupta, Express India : ...And though she’s not as lissome as she was, she still has killer moves. But she’s not played to her strengths.... full review
Thumbs down, by Khalid Mohamed, Hindustan Times : ...Vaibhavi Merchant’s choreography, like it or not, is nowhere in the league of Saroj Khan’s vintage hits with La Dixit... full review
Thumbs down, by Taran Adarsh, IndiaFM : ...She's top notch, but how one wishes the script would've done justice to her talent... full review
Thumbs down, musicNmovies.info : ...The movie consist too many subplots and supporting characters but none of them are powerful and significant enough to smoothly precede the movie... full review
Thumbs down, by Hanumant Bhansali, Radio Sargam : ...The screenplay moves smoothly without any hitches and that hurts the most... full review
Thumbs down, SearchIndia.com : ...In several scenes, Madhuri's face lacks the sparkle or vivacity that endeared this luminous beauty to millions of Indians in the 1980s and 1990s... full review
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Yay! Thumbs Up, by jerry dale : i'm not to much watch an indian movie
Yay! Thumbs Up, by TimELiebe : Marvelous "Save the Theatre" Musical, starring Dance Great Madhuri Dixit - what else do you need?
Nay! Thumbs Down, by Hindilyrics4u.co.in : one of the better movies of 2007,simplistic(just like the movies of a time gone by),the right amount
Nay! Thumbs Down, by Hindilyrics4u.co.in : I wish the music of the film was promoted better. Considering its a musical, you need memorable trac
Nay! Thumbs Down, by Lyricswale.com : The Story is still good and a few characters really etched quite well; good pace and grip; Akshay Kh
Nay! Thumbs Down, by Tamillyrics.co.in : Although the ever-jabbing critics have been no good to such a lovable movie,the audience have apprec
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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.
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[...] enjoys Madhuri’s comeback film, Aaja Nachle. Aaja Nachle is more a comment on the onslaught of commercialization. About how politicians and [...]
Madhuri or Madz as she would like her to be called (I guess), mother of two, aged 40, but still sizzles in her truest form. And I do not care if all those critics fail to recognize it. Probably they should get their lenses checked, or perhaps change their retinas.While I’d give this movie 2 stars out of 5, add another one coz a Star is already there. Madhuri did "Show her Jalwa".
I wish the music of the film was promoted better. Considering its a musical, you need memorable tracks. Kudos to Jaideep Sahni once again. He knows the pulse of the audience so well by now, for mass market films.
Although the ever-jabbing critics have been no good to such a lovable movie,the audience have appreciated it,even the non-fans.just for the fact that the ensemble cast is one of the best ones of recent past and when you are watching Aaja Nachle,not for one moment does it occur to you that this movie is only about Madhuri..
all the characters are pleasant and realistic.their interactions are believable(thanks to the screenplay) and the songs are well-placed.
to comment about Madhuri would be as unnecessary as unrequired.just that they dont make them like HER anymore...!!
one of the better movies of 2007,simplistic(just like the movies of a time gone by),the right amount of everything,makes for a feel-good viewing..one only wishes the critics had their heads in place while reviewing it..but then again,whoever said the critics fit their jobs??
highly recommended,just like Dancing when you feel happy :)
Sujoy, Acropol, Rohan - I am really glad you guys liked the movie too. I was wondering, why so many people did not like it. Well...to each his own...
Acropol, I think the songs are better to watch than to listen to. And once you have watched them, they grow on you.
this is perhaps the most accurate description and evaluation of the movie that I've come across. sadly, though, other reviews have done their bit and some of us might lose out on a good film.
well a big "thumbs down" to all the "so called" CRITICS............I've been to the theatre twice and would still look forward to seeing the film again.........as mentioned, and quite appropriately so, "Not glitch-free, but enjoyable nevertheless"
Thank you, unlikelypal! I have watched it twice too and don't mind another go :)
I visited your blog. Very interesting thoughts you have there. I am sure you have had more than four. Do update regularly.
I found the movie interesting, refreshing and different. I specially enjoyed the casting-ouch! ... LIC agent and all.
Thank you amrendra anand and wish you the same!
hey i saw the movie to man~~~its a pretty cool movie and yes as the movie says madhuri is back—- its true. its a very family entertainer type of a movie~~~must watch 3.5on 5( the music rocks
it's nice movie.maduri is really beautifull like those days
i love aaja nachle it is a great movie my mum was crying
oh me too, vivek! Not the tears bit though :)
@TimELiebe you might not get the sense of how i was/am laughed at for liking this film so much from the comment space here, but believe me, i've heard quite a few nasty things. :) comes with the territory :D
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