Main Madhuri Dixit banna chahti hoon Hindi Movie Review

Feature Film
Sep 7, 2003 By

Raja loves Chutki, Chutki loves Madhuri, you would love them both. This is not a formula triangle, but a bitter-sweet tale of Bollywood clichés.

Village belle Chutki wears red ribbons in her hair, Raja blushes every time he sees her. Their simplicity looks real.

Chutki (Antara Mali) wants to be Madhuri Dixit, Raja (Rajpal Yadav) wants to be with Chutki. Their aspirations are the stuff our daydreaming hours are made of.

It's a no-frills story told without any gimmicks. First-time director, Chandan Arora, tells it like it is, without much song and dance. Short and slick, the film retains your interest throughout with a simple narrative.

Chutki is the Madhuri Dixit of Gajraula township, who manages a house-full at local nautankis. With stars in her eyes, and a head full of compliments from the village simpletons, she wants to make it in Bollywood, the big, bold, beautiful world, which eventually turns out to be bad.

Her parents would not agree, and the only way out is to marry doormat friend Raja, who loves her unconditionally, unrequitedly.

They arrive in the big, bad Bollywood, armed with nothing more than naivety and incredulity. Their travails -– kicked out, scoffed at, jeered at -– are woven well with the goings-on in the film industry.

The maverick moviemaker, the star secretary and the wanton wannabes paint a fascinating portrait of the film industry. Mali does a decent job of a Madhuri hopeful, but Yadav as the artless villager, sparkles.

Star-maker and producer, Ram Gopal Varma, has just made his latest hero -– the editor-turned-director Arora. His hero, Rajpal Yadav, is already a star.