Pappu Cant Dance Saala directed by Saurabh Shukla seems like an extension of movies by Basu Chatterjee and Hrishikesh Mukherjee between 70s and 80s. Shukla is well known for directing the movies on interesting ideas and this movie is of his type.
This movie is about a boy from a traditional place who is trying sincerely to get adjusted with metropolitan lifestyle. It means it is story of a timid boy and a dashing urban girl. And how their simple friendship turned into caring relation and finally how they yearn to become soul mates.
Despite good plot and being wonderful in bits n pieces, this movie remains in that average area. Pappu Cant Dance Saala is about a couple, who are diametrically opposite to each other.
Vidyadhar [Vinay Pathak] with his age old ethics realizes that how complicated it was to get fine-tuned with lifestyle of Mumbai when he shifted from his home town Banaras to this city. Mehak [Neha Dhupia], a Bollywood dancer and a modern girl, has discovered the survival tricks of this metropolitan. Being neighbors, in some tricky situation, they got trapped in the same flat and the story starts…
In the beginning Pappu Cant Dance Saala seems to be promising. Vinay Pathak with his innocent looks gives the feeling of freshness. Despite doing the same roles in the past, he made lot of variations to make his performance worth watching. Also the clash sequence between them first when at the Neha’s party and next during the grievance discussion meeting with the society members is really pleasing.
But post interval the movie lost its plot. Shukla fails to arouse the curiosity of the spectators regarding how the couple would unite at the end. This feeling reinforced as their love is so faint, which actually looks like mere strong attraction for opposite sex. He could have shown it as a straightforward love between them. To be precise the screenplay could have been more enthralling.
The music is good, but the one involving Neha is lively. Camera work of Fuwad Khan is reasonably good.
Vinay Pathak conferred the character its required poise. Neha Dhupia is awesome and acted really well. Rajat Kapoor has not performed up to his reputation. Brijendra Kala, Sanjay Mishra and Naseeruddin Shah did well in their roles.
Due to its second poor half, the movie could not stand up to the expectations.
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Source: Bollywood Hungama