Aaja Nachle | 2007
After nearly a decade, an unexpected phone call shakes Dia out of her dance rehearsal in New York. Makarand, her teacher, her guru, is dying and she must return to Shamli town, where she grew up and learned to live and dance. It's also the town she left on an impulse, severing ties with her parents and her people. It is a poignant and troubled return; not only has her guru passed away but Ajanta theatre, the institution that he so lovingly nurtured, is in decay and under threat of demolition. With the help of Doctor, the caretaker of Ajanta, Dia sets out on a mission to prevent the destruction and resurrect the spirit of Ajanta. In an atmosphere of mistrust, ridicule and active hostility, Dia picks up the gauntlet and agrees to achieve the near impossible task of putting together a theatrical production. She must also ensure that every member of the production is from Shamli town. She has only two months to prove her point or the bulldozers will be waiting. In this context begins her tumultuous journey of dealing with small town prejudices, encountering the resentment of the powerful contractor, the cynicism of the local political powers, resolve the delicate tensions of inter personal relationships and rally her motley team of non starters--a low level muscle Imran, the local tomboy Anokhi, local ex-MLA Chaudhary Om Singh, a vulnerable tea stall owner Mohan Sharma, a responsible government official Mr. Chojar, a struggling insurance agent Sanjeev Mehta, the town vagabond Dhankuber and a host of others.