Movie Review: Pappu Can’t Dance Saala (2011)
Rom-coms with middle class setting instantly take you back to the days when Hrishikesh Mukherjee and Basu Chatterjee specialized in such themes. And Saurabh Shukla’s new directorial venture PAPPU CAN’T DANCE SAALA walks the same path. It seems like an extension of what we witnessed in the 70s and 80s. But before you assume that the film is a musical or about a simpleton who *can’t* dance, nope, it’s not.
Saurabh Shukla has the track record of making films that have interesting concepts and the same can be said of PAPPU CAN’T DANCE SAALA. This time, the talented actor/director narrates the story of a small town guy adjusting to the lifestyle in a metropolis. Also, Shukla integrates the odd couple track in the plot to make it more authentic. Before you exclaim, haven’t we seen it all in the past, haven’t we watched the usual nit-picking between a bindaas girl and a shy small town boy, the transition from being mere acquaintances to caring for each other couple, the diametrically opposite couple pining to be soul mates, let me say, yes, it packs all of the above, but Shukla also packs the narrative with subtle humor and slice of life episodes to tell a story.
So does it work? In parts, yes. But, in the end, PAPPU CAN’T DANCE SAALA remains an ordinary watch!
PAPPU CAN’T DANCE SAALA is about two people from different worlds. Vidyadhar [Vinay Pathak] has just shifted from Banaras to Mumbai. A man with old world values who finds it difficult to adjust in the city… Mehak [Neha Dhupia] is a dancer in Bollywood. She has learned the tricks of surviving in this fast-paced city. She is loud and jazzy… They’re neighbors who, due to certain circumstances, somehow get stuck in the same flat… and thus begins their story!