Pappu Can’t Dance Saala
This film is a romantic comedy of two people who are from two different worlds. The Protagonist, Vidyadhar Acharya (Vinay Pathak) has just shifted from Banaras to Mumbai. A man with old world values who finds it difficult to adjust in the city of professional attitude. He finds Mumbai heartless and misses home. As a medical representative in a private firm, with a bare survival salary. He manages to find a flat in sales tax colony, where legally no tenant can be kept. .. And that is the reason that the rents are low. The house is quiet comfortable but the only problem is the unexpected raid of the vigilance department. At such occasions, Vidya has to run and hide till the vigilance officers leave the compound.
Mehak Malavde (Neha Dhupia) is a chorus dancer in Bollywood. She has learned the tricks of surviving in this fast paced city. She is loud and jazzy. Her friends also are quite noisy. Palash is the ace choreographer and Mehak works in his group. Palash is obsessed with his art and appears emotionless, at times rude, as a person. Mehak looks up to him. She is infatuated with him.
Mehak shifts in the flat opposite to Vidya’s. Vidya instantly dislikes her. She also hates him. Vidya finds it quiet difficult to deal with her flamboyant neighbour and her loud friends, whom Vidya considers as uncultured. It starts a series of confrontations between them, where Vidya has to retreat most of the time.
One day Vidya returns to find, that in his absence, the Vigilance department had conducted a raid on his building. Vidya was lucky that he was not at home. But Mehak had no such luck. She was caught by the Vigilance officers and was evacuated from her flat. They have sealed the flat. Vidya is very happy as the core cause of his problems has been removed from his building. He reaches home only to get a shock of his life…. The lock of his flat is broken … and Mehak has occupied his house. She blames Vidya for being a responsible for the raid. Vidya finds it ridiculous and asks her to leave immediately. She refuses and announces that she will use his flat till she gets her own back. A frustrated Vidaya threatens to call police. Mehak reminds him that in such a scenario, even he is going to loose his house.
…Now begins a journey of two people, who can’t stand each other, stuck in the same flat.
Cast & Crew
Starring : Vinay Pathak, Neha Dhupia, Rajat Kapoor ,Sanjay Mishra
Special Appearance : Naseeruddin Shah
Producers : Ravindra Singh, Sameer Nair
Director : Saurabh Shukla
Music Director : Malhar
Sound Designer : Resul Pookuty
Lyrics : Amitabh Bhattacharya, Saurabh Shukla
Choreographer : Longinus Fernandes
Cinematographer : Fuwad Khan
Pappu Can”t Dance Saala is a special film for me because its idea took birth during my struggling days. I was living as a PG in a Govt. Colony where you are not allowed to sublet the Flat provided by govt. From time to time, the vigilance dept. conducted surprise checks and I was forced to spend the nights in open. A road side tea stall was my refuge at such times. One such occasion, I got talking to a girl who was in the same situation as mine. We talked for hours…about what we did, the city, our home, our aims, life in general… I never met that girl after that day but that meeting stayed with me always and one day it culminated into this story.
This journey of life takes us through many roads…we meet so many fellow travelers on the way… our relationships and interactions with each other defines what we understand of life. Pappu is a story of human understanding. Told in a natural and fun manner. I am sure every viewer will find a part of him or her in this story.
My thanks to my unit, my actors, my assistants and my producer for supporting me and Pappu. God Bless.
Every step forward is a step towards achieving something bigger and better, so develop an attitude of appreciation and be grateful for everything that happens to you. Really great people make you feel that you too, can become great. This is what comes to my mind when I think of “Pappu Can’t Dance Saala”. Dreams to realize and articulate ideas are always an element to reach the audience’s heart, At R-Vision India Pvt. Ltd. It has yet again been reflected in the characters of the movie. Neha Dhupia, Vinay Pathak & Rajat Kapoor have performed their roles to excellence. This is how I intended it to be.