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Pappu Can’t Dance Saala  : Pappu’s culture clash again
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Friday, December 16, 2011
Saurabh Shukla
Vinay Pathak, Neha Dhupia, Rajat Kapoor.
Another romcom based on the ‘opposites attract’ theme, this one shows up the culture clash between complacent Banarasis and fast-moving Mumbaikars.

The plot: All is well with Banarasibabu aka Pappu aka Vidyadhar Acharya (VinayPathak) until a single woman moves in next door. Mehek (Neha Dhupia) is his complete opposite and she irritates Pappu, who is already fed up of Mumbai and its ‘odd’ inhabitants. To add to his misery this lady manages to invade his house and decides to live there until she finds a new one. She doesn’t even think twice about slapping him, after entering his own house. It’s a war zone until peace prevails. Hmmm, ever after?

The good: This isn’t your average romcom, it has social aspirations and attempts to delve into the cultural differences of modern-day India. This is depicted an average bloke’s bewilderment when confronted with the pace and alien values of Mumbai city. Until he falls in love with it. Though familiar territory, the film has its moments and gets a few laughs from the contrasting personalities of the lead pair. Vinay Pathak puts in an effortless performance once again and Neha is convincing too. But talented actors like Rajat Kapoor (who plays Palash) are wasted. Naseeruddin Shah as Bauji adds a breath of fresh air to a rather monotonous film. Director Saurabh Shukla deserves a special mention for meticulous detailing of cultures and lifestyles.

The bad: The film drags on endlessly, interspersed with humourless, boring spells where the energy drops and it looks done-and-dusted.

Also, the scenario where Neha Dhupia barges into a male neighbour’s house with all her luggage, is indigestible, as is Vinay Pathak’s reaction when he makes no effort to evict her.  It’s become par for the course to see Vinay Pathak do such roles that seem to have become synonymous with him. Didn’t we just see it all in Chalo Dilli?

Overall: A simple, uncomplicated film, with some decent humour. Low on logic and no-no on the novelty meter.

 – Pooja Thakkar
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