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Madhuri Dixit’s Tabaah Ho Gaye Has Us Feeling Like We’ve Seen This Before. It’s Disappointing

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Before I say anything at all, I want you to know that I am a huge, huge fan of Madhuri Dixit. I am the person that enthusiastically claps like a seal every time she as much as moves a finger when a song comes on. So you can imagine how excited I was about Kalank. This is a movie that promises drama, grandeur and lots of dancing by Madhuri, which honestly is where I get my money’s worth.

Now here’s where it all started to fall apart. First they released a song, the Ghar More Pardesiya, in which Alia did some dancing and Madhuri, well, just was kind of there. Not dancing. Then, they released the First Class song in which Varun Dhawan is dancing. Madhuri is not. The song is also rubbish and is nothing like the class it talks about. At this point, I was combusting with excitement. When Tabaah Ho Gaye came out, I was one of the first people to watch it, I am sure.

And it was disappointing. Nope, Madhuri’s dancing skills cannot be faulted. She’s impeccable. The choreography? It failed her. Failed the song. Remo and Saroj Khan simply can’t recreate what Pandit Birju Maharaj did for Madhuri in Devdas. Madhuri does what she can but the gilded set, the rich outfits, it looks like it has all been done before. Neither the moves, nor the set do justice to the dancer in Madhuri and for me, it’s disappointing. Like it’s the same wine in a new bottle.

Look, there’s so much you can do with Madhuri Dixit. So much more, I mean. It’s always going to be a treat to watch her. It’s been so long that we’ve seen her in screen. But the bit I was excited about, her dancing skills that are the stuff of legend, that simply didn’t happen. It didn’t work for me and I am an incorrigible fan. This song simply needed more.


Mansi Shah is the resident humour writer and random conversation starter. Tends to laugh manically at puns. Deeply enjoys the blunt force of sarcasm. Preys on chauvinists and people with incorrect grammar. Hoards makeup and beauty products. Attacks Nutella with vigour.

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