Cast And Crew
After years of being away from the town of Shamli, Dia (Madhuri Dixit) receives a call in New York. Makarand (Darshan Jariwala), her guru, is dying and she must return to Shamli - the town where she grew up, where she learnt to dance. It is an emotional return; not only has her guru passed away but the institution that he so lovingly nurtured, Ajanta theatre, is in decay and under threat of demolition because the local political authorities feel it a waste of prime real estate. With the help of Doctor (Raghuvir Yadav), the caretaker of Ajanta, Dia sets out on a mission to resurrect the spirit of Ajanta. In an atmosphere of ridicule and active hostility, Dia agrees to achieve the near impossible task of putting together a theatrical production of Laila Majnu. She must also ensure that every member of the production is from Shamli town and has only two months to prove her point. So 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 goon Imran (Kunal Kapoor), the tomboy Anokhi (Konkona Sen), local ex-MLA Chaudhary Om Singh (Akhilendra Mishra), a vulnerable tea stall owner Mohan Sharma (Ranvir Shorey), a responsible government official Mr. Chojar (Vinay Pathak), a struggling insurance agent Sanjeev Mehta (Jugal Hansraj)Ö
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