Pappu Can't Dance Saala loses steam after a decent start

Niraj Rathod

29 Oct 2011
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Pappu Can't Dance Saala, as the title suggests, would be a comedy revolving around Vinay Pathak.

Producer: Sameer Nair, Saurabh Shukla.
Director: Saurabh Shukla.
Cast: Vinay Pathak, Neha Dhupia, Rajat kapoor, Sanjay Mishra, Sai Gundewar, Naseeruddin Shah (Special app.).

The thing with Vinay Pathak is that while he may fit into the character of a middle class simpleton, he just can't go beyond that due to which he ends up doing the same kind of roles with same input.

Pappu Can't Dance Saala is about how a simple man from Varanasi, Vinay Pathak and a street smart girl, Neha Dhupia, a film chorus dancer end up in the same house. They were neighbours in a government housing building, but following a raid by the vigilance department, Neha Dhupia is evicted from her flat. Suspecting Vinay Pathak of having complained to authorities, she muscles her way into his house, also taking over his bedroom.

The fun begins with the duo's petty squabbling and fights; the problem is the fun does not last long enough. As the film progresses, things become repetitive and the interest sags. Script is contrived as per convenience and none of the two main characters possess the ability to carry the film on their own shoulders. There are notmany characters either to share the screen time.

The script loses steam after a decent start and so does direction, which loses hold on the film. While the dialogues are good at places, the other aspects like music, cinematography are passable.

Vinay Pathak and Neha Dhupia do well within their limited range. Naseeruddin Shah is good in a special appearance. Rajat Kapoor, Brijendra Kala, Veena Mallik, Sanjay Mishra etc give fair support.

Pappu Can't Dance Saala would find some of its viewers on TV and video but hardly any at the cinema halls.
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