Bollywood diva shines in insipid comeback film

Mon Dec 3, 2007 1:49am EST
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By Krittivas Mukherjee

MUMBAI (Reuters) - The comeback film of India's biggest female star of the 1990s has turned out to be a resounding failure, but no one is blaming Madhuri Dixit.

In her prime, Dixit was the undisputed queen of Bollywood, the world's largest film industry by audience size, and her popularity and fees rivaled even the biggest male stars.

Etched in the memory of millions of her fans are the nimble-footed Dixit's suggestive dance moves that filmmakers often used to titillate viewers to get around the censors.

So, when Dixit decided to stage a comeback after a six-year break that saw her getting married and having two children, anticipation ran high, especially to see if she held the same allure as when audiences would hoot and rain coins on her every time she gyrated raunchily.

In "Aaja Nachle" (Come Let's Dance), there's Dixit and there's a lot of song-and-dance, but the film fails to engage, primarily because of a poor script woven around nostalgia about the actress' comeback, critics say.

"The moment you play around the nostalgia factor you limit yourself to a certain audience type," said Anil Grover, a film critic and entertainment journalist.

"I don't think many of the young viewers would be as enthusiastic about someone who was huge in the 1990s."

DIXIT CAN'T FIX IT   Continued...

<p>Bollywood actress Madhuri Dixit smiles during a news conference to promote her new movie "Aaja Nachle," or "Come Let's Dance" in New Delhi, November 27, 2007. Bollywood's dancing queen Dixit, who returns to the screen after a six-year break, says her comeback was prompted by the script of her new movie which is uncannily similar to her life. REUTERS/Vijay Mathur</p>