4.5 Excellent

Aaja Nachle

critics be damned, for all those die hard MD fans like me, aaja nachle is an enchanting experience. extremely well made and enacted with superb technical support, this one is entertaining but one needs patience, a taste for music, drama, dance and poetry to sit through this film especially the films awesome laila majnu episode which comes towards the last 25 minutes. madhuri dixit is incredible as ever, age shows but her unmatched grace and dignity wins u over completely. just watch her dance..a slight twirl or even the lift of an eyebrow..no wonder madhuri is still considered a diva and even makes it to the no.2 at the sexiest asian women list. the supporting cast are delightful.. ranvir shorey plays the loser aashiq with such subtle finesse that ur heart goes out to him.. then theres konkona sen, unarguably so natural even while playing a dumb village belle..kunal kapoor adds another feather in his cap with this role..his chiselled features and baritone are awesome. then theres vinay pathak..who is restrained and endearing. akshaye khanna and irfan khan manage to hold their own in neat cameos. vaibhavi merchants vibrant choreography,mohanans breezy camera work, manish malhotras costumes are trademark yashraj technical plusses. salim suleiman come up with a score that grows on you slowly but barring the dhamkedaar title track with mds trademark jhatkas none of the songs register..but the songs are woven beautifully into the movie and spur the scenes forward. good work by debut director anil mehta and his team.