I was watching Aaja Nachle the other day and wondered for the n-th time why the movie did not fare well at the box office. It has Madhuri in top form, gazillion watt smile and all, Akshaye Khanna radiating smugness from every pore of his being, a wonderful supporting cast (Irrfan Khan, Divya Dutta, Raghubir Yadav, Ranvir Shorey, Vinay Pathak et al), a nice little confection of a plot… what the heck else do people want? Don’t tell me they want a story — this one has less story than Vivaah and far more zing per unit time, and that movie made money. I just don’t get it.
Then I remembered that I didn ‘t go watch it in a movie theatre either — I waited for it to come on TV. <Insert sheepish grin here.>
ps: I find myself renaming movies all the time these days. Return of the Jedi became Revenge of the Killer Mutant Teddy Bears, Maine Pyaar Kiya became Revenge of the Killer Mutant Piegeon, Wanted became Bullet Bhoopathi… and now this one has become A Yank at Shamli, which is a rather more obscure reference than the rest.
So let’s make it a contest: if you can tell me why I came up with that name, I’ll buy you a cup of coffee if and when we meet next. If you not only got it but agreed with the assessment, I’ll throw in a blueberry muffin.