Reviewed by Shevaal Singh
Directed by: Remo D’Souza
Starring: Prabhudeva, Kay Kay Menon, Ganesh Acharya, Terence Lewis, Pankaj Tripathi, Salman Yusuff Khan with a cameo by Saroj Khan
India’s 1st 3D Dance movie is here to entertain .As we know , A dance reality-show is a must on every other TV channel and Choreographer-turned-Director Remo D’Souza hit’s the chord at the right time and brings you a film with ‘Dance’ as it’s backdrop. The title of the film ABCD-Anybody Can Dance is not just a title, but it is a statement. Yes! Anybody can dance! Remo D’Souza first made a film called F.A.L.T.U where he examined the Education Society. But with ABCD-Anybody Can Dance he questions the will power inside you. Vishnu (Prabhudeva) lives in the world of ‘Dance’, Dance is everything to him and one fine day, he finds himself thrown out from the dance academy that he made by his devious business partner (Kay Kay Menon). Vishnu’s world is crushed. He becomes heart-broken and decides to give up dance and leave Mumbai forever. Vishnu’s world takes a turn the night before his parting when he observes a group of raw talented dancers preparing for the upcoming dance competition during the Ganpati Visarjan or Ganeshotsav. Vishnu then takes a new decision and he decides to take this ardent group with raw talent under his wing and help them into India’s best dance warriors.
Remo D’Souza’s first film F.A.L.T.U was very different from his new film ABCD-Anybody Can Dance. But full marks to the choreographer-turned-director who makes a film on dance and convinces you to the core. There were films earlier on dance in Bollywood, but this one stands out to be one of the best efforts so far. Music by Sachin-Jigar is another plus point of the film which helps the film to grow on you . the cinematography and editing is very good and gives this movie an international feel.
Prabhudeva on the screen acting after a long time is a real treat for many. You can easily make out the typical ‘South-Indian’ tone in the actor’s dialogue delivery but this is Prabhudeva the south Indian God of Dance so it fits his image. Kay Kay Menon is natural and very convincing. He performs his part with finesse. Ganesh Acharya is remarkable in an important role where he is confident enough to leave a mark. Terence Lewis, Pankaj Tripathi, Salman Yusuff Khan are eye-catcher’s with their brilliant moves and dapper looks to fit the image of perfection in dance. Don’t miss the track during the end credits that features great ‘Dancing Legends’ such as Saroj Khan, Prabhu Deva, Ganesh Acharya and of course Remo D’Souza dance to the vocals of Udit Narayan and Mika Singh in the south flavoured track Psycho Re . The best dance with the most splendid choreography has to be that of Duhaai Hai and definitely the Ganpati tracks !
Remo D’souza realizes his dream of finally delivering a film which he truly believes in. The film is designed artistically. The 3D effect has been used well to enhance the film’s feel. Remo meticulously directed ever scene, be it the livid chor police chase scene or the brilliant rain dance sequence and I believe that he should take a bow Remo for this film! The film is heavily borrowed from Step Up. He does accomplish an enjoyable film you’ll be tapping your feet through.
ABCD-Anybody Can Dance is convincing and worth-watching and is definitely a great extension to Dance movies in bollywood. The film is decent and does not give you a bore time. The knock-out screenplay and amazing dance sequences will be taken home by everyone. The movie scores a 6/10 from me for its amazing choreography and splendid performances – A must watch for all dance movie lovers … Hollywood has Step-up & now Bollywood has ABCD- Any Body Can Dance which makes a statement in 3D at a theatre near you !!!