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Aaja Nachle(Hindi)

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Whether or not the script is inspired by a film based on Latin American dance form Rueda, the fact remains that it is a good premise. A noble cause and an interesting thought that the cancerous growth of mall culture that’s engulfing culture centres must be stopped expressly in its tracks. However, the plot is somehow not as free-flowing as it could have been. It is laboured and predictable. When Dia (Madhuri), a dance instructor in New York, is recalled to India via a panic call about her Guru breathing his last, she air-dashes to Shamli, her native place somewhere in Northern India. Her chatty mate, a cute pre-adolescent daughter Radha, finds India completely shocking with it’s mosquito-infested nights and cow-clogged roads. Dia comes home to watch her dead Guru (Darshan Zariwala)’s parting message on a flickering black-and-white film projected on a tattered screen. She must rescue their open-air theatre Ajanta from the builder who wants to erect a mall in its place. When Dia approaches the local politician-cum- royalty, Rajasaheb (Akshaye Khanna) about saving the theatre, he scoffs at her NRI patronage and challenges her to organise a show harnessing local talent within two months.
Dia’s past reveals how she eloped with an American photographer leaving her parents in ignominy though her marriage broke up after she got a daughter. Dia is considered the black sheep by orthodox town. Will Dia overcome the insurmountable? She certainly does by tricking the politicial honcho, bullying the bully and charming the gullible. The plot unfolds as per your imagination and simply bogs you down. The only place you can find reforming and loving husbands, repentent friends and sporting adversaries is in films from Yash Raj. The characters too get slightly syrupy. But what works is Dia’s indomitable spirit and her belief in the goodness of her people. But how her Bollywood style dancing qualifies as Indian “art and culture” and how her Guru is never shown imparting any knowledge about classical dance form, is a great cinematic liberty that the maker takes. Aditya’s story is interesting but the screenplay lacks the crackle and sizzle and the lines aren’t punchy enough.

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Madhuri Dixit is an absolute treat, she makes you realise the difference between a mediocre and a great performer. She emotes, dances and performs like a dream. It’s simply thrilling to watch her again. Never mind the twinge of pain that shoots up your heart seeing the crow’s feet around those beautiful eyes and the varicose hands, she holds her own proudly. Bravo!
Konkona Sen does complete justice to her role with a runny nose and dishevelled tomboy looks. Somehow, Kunal Kapoor delivers a tepid performance - it lacks the requisite fire of the local bully. Vinay Pathak and Irrfan Khan gain ground with their convincing acts. Raghubir Yadav and Yashpal Sharma pitch in neat cameos, but Ranvir Shorey’s potential remains untapped. Except Darshan Zariwala, the casting is perfect. The debutant director scores and its the screenplay that lets him down at places.
Vaibhavi Merchant’s choreography in the climatic Laila-Majnu tableau is almost operatic. But Salim Sulaiman’s music turns out to be the film’s major drawback. A soul-stirring score instead could have elevated the film notches higher. Thankfully, cinematographer turned director Mehta doesn’t let visuals overpower the narrative. It’s a film that no Madhuri fan can miss.

Verdict
A welcome back star to Madhuri, one to Konkona for her unaffected portrayal, a third one for Vaibhavi Merchant’s imaginative choreography and the final one to the producer for backing such an unusual heroine-oriented project.


Source: http://www.screenindia.com/fullstory.php?content_id=18156

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OVIE DETAILS

Cast: Madhuri Dixit, Konkona Sen, Kunal Kapoor, Raghubir Yadav, Divya Dutta, Vinay Pathak, Ranvir Shorey, Darshan Zariwala and Irrfan Khan
Director: Anil Mehta
Producer: Aditya Chopra
Music : Salim Sulaiman
Lyrics: Jaideep Sahni & Piyush Mishra

THE FILM

Aaja Nachle was touted to be one of the biggest comeback films ever. After all Madhuri Dixit was coming back to silver screen 5 years after Devdas (2002). If combination of Yash Raj Films with Madhuri wasn't good enough, an added spice in the form of Jaideep Sahni (Chak De India) as a writer contributed to expectations level being an all time high. More positives came in form of the subject of the film, which dealt with dance. Obviously, Madhuri fans were expecting a treat in the offering since there was a stage set for them to scream 'Show Me Your Jalwa' for the 'dhak dhak' girl.

Sadly, the film turned out to be hardly anything but 'jalwa' as it was an extremely average fare. And what happened to Aaja Nachle was the same as it happens to most hyped films which are nowhere near being a 'jalwa'. Aaja Nachle failed at the box office and broke many hearts. The film wasn't atrocious but when names like Yash Chopra, Aditya Chopra, Madhuri Dixit and Jaideep Sahni come together, nothing less than extraordinary is acceptable.

The film had it's biggest problem lying in what could well have been thought as a strength by the makers - it's over simplicity. The film just didn't have a conflict. No, it wasn't about a conflict being built up which could have been resolved easily. Probably even that could have been understandable. The issue here was different as there was no conflict whatsoever from beginning till the end.

For Madhuri Dixit, who had to get people of her hometown to come together and present a show in a downtrodden amphitheater in order to help it survive the land sharks, there were no major challenges that were posed. And the ones which were posed too were so easily overcome that one wished if real life was as simple too!

So what 'really' worked for the film? a) Madhuri Dixit's performance (flawless) and b) Every scene, yes every scene, which featured Akshaye Khanna with Madhuri. Let's talk about Madhuri first. Clichéd as it may sound but she is the sole reason, which makes Aaja Nachle watchable. It's not only the nostalgic element, it is in fact sheer effortlessness with which she carries herself in front of the camera that makes audience look in awe. A perfect example of how a lady should act!

Akshaye Khanna. Now how can this actor continue to deliver one tremendous performance after another but still not have one big success to his name that could establish him as one of the front-runners in the top league. On one end, the industry is whining and crying that there are no actors available till 2010 while on the other we let go of an actor like Akshaye Khanna so easily! Just watch out for those 4-5 scenes he shares with Madhuri. Even a hardcore Madhuri fan would agree that all eyes are reserved only for Akshaye as he displays that ever-so-famous naughty streak of his!

PACKAGING

DVD of Aaja Nachle has an eye catchy design and layout with a classy appeal to it. The box is made of a mix of paper and plastic packaging.

DURATION

The film comes in a twin DVD pack with the film's duration being 147 minutes. The second DVD has special features lasting close to 120 minutes.

SPECIAL FEATURES

- The Making Of The Film
- Laila Majnu Full Version
- Making of Laila Majnu
- Deleted Scenes
- Outtakes
- Theatrical Trailor & Promos
- Aaja Nachle Musical Night - MTV
- Director's Profile
- Cast & Crew Credits
- Photo Gallery - a) Posters b) Movie Stills

Highlight of 'Special Features' in the DVD is close to one hour coverage which is provided to the much talked about 'Laila Majnu' sequence. Not just the viewer gets to watch the full 26 minutes version of 'Laila Majnu', which arrived in the climax, there is also an elaborate 25 minutes segment which takes a viewer through the making of this sequence. 'Laila Majnu', which formed the film's climax, had met through some extreme reactions when the film was screened. However, on repeated viewing on home video, there are finer aspects involved with the thought, concept, and execution of 'Laila Majnu' that does manage to hold your attention.

'Making of 'Laila Majnu' turns out to be an engaging watch too. Behind the scenes happenings involving Madhuri Dixit singing her portions in the recording studio, lyricist Piyush Mishra explaining the depth of the words, Salim & Sulaiman helping the singers get the right pitch and above all choreographer Vaibhavi Merchant guiding each of the major players in 'Laila Majnu' on how to get the right steps and expressions makes one genuinely feel for the effort that went into the making of the film.

In fact one sees a lot of Vaibhavi in 'The Making Of The Film' segment too (which lasts 22 minutes) as the film is centered on dance and Vaibhavi was the chief contributor to majority of frames of the film. The segment has been well shot and edited as instead of boring clichéd interviews, one actually traverses to the sets where the film was shot. It is always engaging to be witness to how a shot was being canned with the sound of 'action' and 'cut' and there is a lot of it to be seen during the making of the film.

Also funny are 6 minutes of out takes where actors are shown to be goofing up in front of the camera. Madhuri's child like mannerisms whenever she gave a bad shot is worth giggling at. In addition, there is a 24 minutes segment around 'Aaja Nachle Musical Night', which was held at Delhi. A video recording of the songs choreographed by Vaibhavi Merchant and performed live by her troupe is the highlight here.

There are 20 minutes of deleted scenes as well though the ones, which impress most, are those, which feature Akshaye Khanna or Ranvir Shorey. There was an interesting dinner table sequence between Akshaye and Madhuri, which was chopped. Surprising, since it involved Akshaye proposing Madhuri. Also, Ranvir may have really been flabbergasted on watching Aaja Nachle at theaters since most of the scenes that he had shot are relegated to 'deleted scenes'. Those who felt that Ranvir's character in Aaja Nachle was half baked have to check out the deleted scenes since the emotional side of him is brought out well in number of sequences. Watch out for the scene where he confesses to Madhuri that he was still willing to get her back into his life!

TECHNICAL DETAILS

- 16:9 Anamorphic Widescreen format
- Optional Subtitles in 7 Languages- International: English / Arabic / Spanish / Dutch / Portuguese, Indian: Tamil / Malayalam
- Dolby Digital 5.1 and Stereo
- Digitally Re-mastered From The Original Film

PRICE

Rs. 399

CONCLUSION

Aaja Nachle is a film which is strictly for home viewing. It's not a film, which mandates a definite watch though. Watch it only if a) you have been dying to see Madhuri Dixit act again or b) you have loved 'Laila Majnu' sequence or c) you have absolutely nothing else to do on a lazy night.

Rating: **

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No french subs??... snif, why!!!!
Whatever, I'll buy it!

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Honestly I think this is one of the most enjoyable movies ever made. Not the greatest, definitely not the most surprising, with not the best musical score or choreography ever....... but still incredibly well made! I´ve seen it about 20 times already, usually when I feel down, and never once has it failed to put me in a good mood. In fact the first time it ended I felt just like the audiace of Laila-Majnu performance. My first thought was: It´s so beautiful! and second - why the hell would anyone call this movie a flop?

I think the main problem of the movie is Diya. Madhuri was amazing, stunning and as always at her best, but the character she portraited must have been an uncomfortable to watch to many Indians who hold traditional values in highest esteem. Imagine: here is a girl, who not only defies her parents and flees from already established union with a completel stranger she barely knows, but most importantly she dares to divorce and raise a child on her own - and obviously doesn´t make any fuss about it. She is also quite content and happy with the life she has and not once you can see her regretting what she had done. Not really a character Indian parents would like their daughters to admire..... I really think that was the main problem for many. It shows if you compare independent Diya to cutie Nisha from Hum Aapke Hain Kaun - who not only is perfect daughter, but doesn´t hesitate to sacrifice her love to serve her family....... And yet - it is again this Diya, who broke all the traditions, who is the only one strong enough to fight for her roots and dying art of India!

But in several things the movie succeeded. Mostly of all it showed there is place in the industry for leading female roles over the age of 40. The soundtrack condemned by so many critics happened to be one of the most selling albums of the year (and I love it). And Madhuri, by the way, got a nomination for her performance to yet another Filmfare award.

Long live Aaja Nachle!

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I love this movie very much. I saw this movie 5-6 times in the theater when it first came out. Madhuri is the best actress and dancer in the entire bollywood industry. Even being above 40 years old, she still got it.

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i thought it was a decent movie. madhuri has acted very well..totally in sync with her character. and her dance is amazing. those who like dance shud watch this movie.. it is entertaining!

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Okay i loved this movie for one reason and that was because i got to see madhuri on the big screen after such a long time. It was a great experience.

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