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"Aaja Nachle" is a Bollywood film released in 2007, directed by Anil Mehta. The movie tells the story of Dia, portrayed by Madhuri Dixit, a talented dancer who returns to her hometown of Shamli after 11 years. When she learns that her childhood dance theater, Ajanta, is under threat of being demolished, Dia takes it upon herself to revive it by putting together a spectacular dance performance. With the help of the local community and her former dance troupe, Dia embarks on a journey of self-discovery, love, and the power of art. "AAaja Nachle" celebrates the joy of dance, showcases vibrant musical numbers, and explores themes of cultural identity, tradition, and the pursuit of one's passion.


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Movie name

Aaja Nachle

Directed by

Anil Mehta

Screenplay by

Jaideep Shiani

Story by

Aditya Chopra

Produced by

Aditya Chopra


Madhuri Dixit, Konkona Sen Sharma, Akshaye Khanna, Jugal Hansraj, Kunal Kapoor


K U Mohanan

Edited by

Ritesh Soni

Music by

Salim Sulaiman 

Production company

Yash Raj Films

Distributed by

Sony Networks Pictures

Release date

30th November 2007






25 Crores



Dia (Madhuri Dixit), a gifted dancer in "AAaja Nachle," left her little hamlet of Shamli to pursue her goals. Her beloved childhood dance theatre, Ajanta, is in danger of being razed, she learns after 11 years. Returning to Shamli with a goal to save it, Dia sets out to create a spectacular dance performance that would bring Ajanta back to life.But Dia must overcome several obstacles on the road. She confronts opposition from the community's conservative members who are against her artistic endeavours. She also has personal issues, such as unresolved feelings for Raja (Akshaye Khanna), a powerful politician who was formerly her lover and is now.With the assistance of several enthusiastic locals and ex Ajanta members, Dia establishes a new dance company. Together, they put in many hours to refine their dance routines and restore the stage's magical dancing quality. Dia has to face her own anxieties as the performance date draws closer as pressure builds.

Dia's tenacity and passion for dancing, together with the encouragement of her friends, family, and the entire community, encourage others to pursue their aspirations. "AAaja Nachle" honours the spirit of perseverance, cultural identity, and the pursuit of one's passion via the force of art and the global language of dance.


The movie was released on the 30th of November 2007. It received a huge reception with people flocking to the nearest theaters to watch the flick. It was a hindi language based dance movie. Made with a budget of 25 Crores the movie earned a box office collection of 143 million in the box office. It got a rating of 6.3/10 on IMDB. Aaja Nachle can be enjoyed on Amazon Prime.




Character Analysis





"Aaja Nachle"

Sunidhi Chauhan

Piyush Mishra

"Ishq Hua"

Sonu Nigam, Shreya Ghoshal

Jaideep Sahni

"Show Me Your Jalwa"

Kailash Kher, Richa Sharma, Salim Merchant

Jaideep Sahni

"O Re Piya"

Rahat Fateh Ali Khan

Jaideep Sahni

"Soniye Mil Ja"

Sukhwinder Singh, Sunidhi Chauhan, Madhuri Dixit

Piyush Mishra

"Is Pal"

Sonu Nigam, Shreya Ghoshal

Piyush Mishra

"Koi Patthar Se Na Maare"

Sonu Nigam, Shreya Ghoshal, Sunidhi Chauhan

Piyush Mishra

"Dance With Me"

Sonia Saigal

Jaideep Sahni

"Aaja Nachle" (Reprise)

Sunidhi Chauhan, Marianne D'Cruz

Piyush Mishra

Behind the scenes


The inclusion of the song "Laila Majnu," which was originally written and performed by the Pakistani artist Reshma, has also caused controversy regarding the movie. Due to the tense political ties between India and Pakistan, the choice of this song sparked discussions regarding cultural appropriation and whether it was appropriate to include music from a neighbouring nation in an Indian film.

Box Office Collection

The movie earned a whopping 143 million dollars in the box office. 





Film Fare Awards

Best Actress

Madhuri Dixit

Best Female Playback Singer

Sunidhi Chauhan

IIFA Awards

Best Choreogrpahy Award

Vaibhavi Merchant

Best Female Playback Singer

Sunidhi Chauhan

Stardust Awards

Star of the year

Madhuri Dixit

Interesting facts

"Aaja Nachle" was not a commercial success at the box office, but it received praise for Madhuri Dixit's performance and the film's attempt to promote Indian dance and culture.


In conclusion, "Aaja Nachle" is a Bollywood film that marked the comeback of actress Madhuri Dixit after a five-year hiatus. The movie revolves around the story of a woman named Dia, played by Madhuri Dixit, who returns to her hometown to save a local theater from demolition and reunite a group of traditional dancers for a final performance. While the film did not face major controversies, it received criticism for its portrayal of the dance form Kathak and for including a song originally performed by a Pakistani singer. Despite mixed commercial success, "Aaja Nachle" is notable for its emphasis on the preservation of traditional art forms and its celebration of dance and cultural heritage.

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