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Poonam, a traditionally brought-up young woman, is to marry Prem, a groom chosen by her uncle. Poonam and Prem's faith and love are to be tested however, when an accident occurs and Poonam might be scarred for life.
An unexpected phone call shakes Dia (Madhuri Dixit) out of her dance rehearsal in New York. Her teacher, her guru, is dying and she must return to India. The town where she grew up, the town where she learnt to live and to dance. Also the town she left on an impulse, severing ties with her parents and her people. It is a poignant and troubled return; not only has her guru passed away but the institution that he so lovingly nurtured is in decay and under threat of demolition. Ajanta theatre, the once vibrant hub of the community, the place where Dia's fondest memories are embedded must now be brought down because the local political authorities feel it a waste of prime real estate. Dia picks up the gauntlet to turn this ruin into a vibrant and bustling theatre that was once the soul of her little town, while fighting discrimination, resentfulness and her own demons. Written by
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After the Laila-Majnu show, Mr. Chojar (Vinay Pathak) went to speak with his wife while several audiences were still roaming the stone steps or chatting behind them. When the camera moved backward a little, there were no audiences except for three women by a tree behind them. See more »
Let's first get the obvious out of the way This movie was conceptualized for those who lived and basked in the age of Queen Madhuri. If you have cherished memories of growing up with this charming, lovable lady with her bewitching grace and mesmerizing smile, run to your nearest God and ask for blessings for the crew of this movie that have brought you back your first love. This movie will make you fall in love with Madhuri all over again.
This movie is meant to be an easy-watch. There is not much to be angry about or no one to be angry on. (the poor baddie is even mellow enough to break-down into tears in the end.) There is not much to work your grey cells about. Nothing makes you laugh-out-loud or shed a tear on. Rationale, attention-to-detail were never meant to be its forte, so don't even care.
Instead sit back and feast your eyes on the colors, the dance-sequences, the leisurely movie-making that does not strive to try too hard but plays itself out with a very enjoyable and likable pace. There is focus on the sublime aspects of life love, friendship, helping and sharing, coming together for a cause ("The joy of doing something together" as put by Madhuri in one scene). And of course there is absolutely no way your heart will not go out to that damsel in distress, with daughter in tow and a mélange of rookies fighting the cruel cruel world to uphold Culture and the last wish of a dying Guru.
Actors like Konkona, Raghuvir Yadav, Irrfan, Vinay Pathak, Ranvir Shorey, Yashpal Sharma never fail to delight and this movie is no exception. The music though not path breaking does blend with the mood of the movie and provides the required support.
All in all, keep your expectations right and you will come out of this movie with a smile on your face a tune in hum.
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