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Aaja Nachle (2007)

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A New York dance instructor returns to her home village in India after 11 years to find that the arts centre where she learned her craft is to be demolished and replaced with a shopping mall.

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Dia Srivastav
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Guru Makarand (as Darshan Zariwala)
Raghuvir Yadav ...
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Dalai ...
Radha
Felix D'Alviella ...
Steve
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Mr. Srivastav
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MP / Raja Uday Singh
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Farooque - Najma's husband
Akhilendra Mishra ...
Chaudhary Om Singh
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Imran Pathan
Konkona Sen Sharma ...
Anokhi Anokhelal
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Mohan Sharma
Vinay Pathak ...
Mr. Chojar
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Storyline

Dia is a divorced mom living in New York and must go back to India after she receives news that her guru is on his death bed. When she arrives she finds he is gone and has left her the responsibility of saving and reviving the Ajanta Theater where she used to dance. The problem is that the political officers want it torn down and turned into a shopping mall. The storyline follows Dia and her challenge to stand up for what she believes in and fight the cause to the end, while trying to win back the love and support of the people of the town whom she walked out on ten years prior. Written by Simran

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30 November 2007 (India)  »

Also Known As:

Aaja Nachle - Komm, tanz mit mir  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

£169,421 (UK) (30 November 2007)

Gross:

£390,894 (UK) (14 December 2007)
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For the black-and-white sequences, the work of cinematographic genius V.K. Murthy was studied carefully. He was even contacted in retirement and gave some valuable advice. See more »

Goofs

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 »

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O Re Piya
Written by Jaideep Sahni
Composed by Salim Merchant and Suleiman Merchant
Performed by Rahat Fateh Ali Khan
Courtesy of Yash Raj Music
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Rani Zindabad!!!
30 November 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Aaja Nachle is Madhuri Dixit's case for still being the best out there. And I'm signed, sealed, and delivered. No one delivers the emotional expression through the entire spectrum the way she does. I just sat there in awe watching her. I guess my standards have slid a bit since she left. But she makes all the competition seem like runners-up to me.

I can now say that I think the movie should sweep a lot of awards: It deserves Best Screenplay, Best Musical Director, Best Cinematography, Best Choreography, and Best Supporting Actor and Actress (Kunal and Konkona, of course). If there was an award for a woman carrying the lead all by herself, there's no question Madhuri Dixit would deserve it. There have only been a few (Nargis, Hema, Shabana) who've been in that elite group. Madhuri belongs there too.

There is SO much music and dance in this movie, it is hard to pick a favorite. But as soon as I saw the dancers in red with their hair flying, doing the song about Ishq during the Laila-Majnu play, I knew that I had seen this year's favorite for me. I like them all, especially the traditional one for Aaja Nachle. But the staging, lighting and choreography for this Ishq dance were so DRAMATIC that it stands out.

I loved the subplots, like the "most boring man" and his wife. The quarreling of Imran and Anokhi. The conflict between the Raja and Dia (Akshaye, a favorite of mine, really gave this movie a nice bit of electricity). And, of course, when they told the story of Laila and Majnu as kids, with her feeling every pain he had and the world tearing them apart, my heart went awwwwwwwwwwwww (not mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm this time).

Oh, did I mention Best Costume. Madhuri was dressed so nicely! That last one when the play concluded was just gorgeous. I can see that this play would win the hearts of townspeople in a small village.

Anyway, EVERYONE should see this movie. I did a 50 mile round trip and this time I don't even regret it. Out of all the movies I've seen this year, this one truly made driving worthwhile.

9 out of possible 10


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