What happens when two people who can’t stand each other are stuck together in the same flat? Writer-director Saurabh Shukla’s film Pappu Can't Dance Saala is a story of two such incompatible characters.
Vidyadhar Acharya (Vinay Pathak) has just shifted from Banaras to Mumbai. He is 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. He works 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.
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.
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’s flat was sealed by the Vigilance officers. This gladdens up Vidya 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.
Vidya asks her to leave immediately but she blackmails him by threatening to reveal to the Vigilance department that Vidya too is a tenant. He has no choice but to let Mehak in.
Now begins a journey of two people, who love to hate each other, but have to share the same flat.