Right from the rise of the talkie cinema, our Hindi films were highly fascinated towards dance based films. Few of these films like Uday Shankar's 'Kalpana', V.Shantaram's 'Janak Janak Payal Baje', Jaya Prada's 'Sargam', Yash Chopra's 'Dil To Pagal Hain', Subhash Ghai's 'Taal', Ram Gopal Varma's 'Naach' along with 'Dance Dance', 'Disco Dancer', 'Amrapali', 'Nache Mayuri' or T.V Series like Hema Malini's 'Nupoor' and many more are still remembered for the great dances attached to it. With changing times this genre shifted its base from big screen to the small screen in the form of reality dance shows, until the release of Choreographer Remo D'Souza's film 'ABCD - Anybody Can Dance'. This movie enhanced the modern form of dancing, from small television screen to the big silver screen. Despite of being a non-starrer film the movie was a surprise hit with some fantastic dancing and outstanding music attached to it. Thus, right from the announcement of its sequel 'ABCD2' and its unique cast consisting of Varun Dhawan and Shraddha Kapoor, the excitement level has risen high. So let's find out whether 'ABCD2' will live up to the high expectation level by enhancing the franchise to a different level or might end up being yet another sequel trying to cash in over its brand image and star value.
'ABCD2' is a story of a small time dance group lead by Suresh (Varun Dhawan), who is caught aping an International dance, while performing on a reality based television show. This moment of shame makes Suresh and his group realize their mistake and in order to regain their lost glory, Suresh decides to participate in 'World Hip Hop' competition. But the group needs a proper guidance and thus wants a great dancer Vishnu Sir (Prabhudeva) to train them. Vishnu Sir after initial hesitation, agrees to train Suresh and his group, including their lead female dancer Vinne (Shraddha Kapoor). What happens next is what the entire film is all about.
Screenplay & Technicalities:
The story, despite being based on the real life incidents of a dance group known as 'Fictitious Group' has lots of similarities with Shah Rukh Khan's 'Happy New Year' and the basic plot line resembles with recently released small dance based film known as 'Mad About Dance'. 'ABCD2' runs on a paper thin script with minimal storyline attached to it. It's just back to back dance sequences with a namesake story attached to it. The film starts without establishing its main character and fails to connect over the soul level. Though, the first half of the film has some superb dance sequences right from the brilliant neon light dance in the opening titles, followed by Prabhudeva's dance in the pub, Dharmesh Yelande and Vinod's dance audition, Lauren's dance in the Charlie act followed by the Ganpati and India based theme dance in the last part of the film. But, besides these great dance sequences, there is nothing much to boast about. The second half is super long and has been dragged to the fullest with unwanted side tracks and boring love triangle track between Varun-Shraddha and Lauren. Generally, in most of the films the songs are added as fillers whereas here, the scenes are added as fillers. The story fails to connect with you at any level due to which even after watching some great dances, one tends to get bored with repetitive dance sequences only. The camera work is good and 3D is of top notch. Vikram Bhatt and other directors should learn from Remo D'Souza.Music & Direction:
Music was an integral part of 'ABCD' but here, has few great scores like 'Happy Hour', 'Naach Meri Jaan', 'Sun Saathiya', 'Bezubaan Phir Se', 'Hey Ganaraya' and 'Vande Mataram'. All these songs have great dances attached to it. 'Tatoo', 'If You Hold My Hand' and other songs are wasted.
Director Remo D'Souza returns back with the big scale dance entertainer. Every dance sequence is fantastic and has been shot with total grace. Sadly, the movie lacks over its screenplay and stale direction. This movie is the weakest film of Remo in comparison with his last two successful films. Wished he had added a good script and kept his movie point to point to keep the impact highly positive.Performances:
Varun Dhawan looks smashing and has done great dancing in the film. Sharaddha Kapoor looks adorable and surprises all of her viewers with her ace dancing skills. Together, both of them try their level best in this weak and blandly written film. Prabhudeva's dance is outstanding, but his story was not up to the mark and ended up being a confused product. Murli Sharma, Tisca Chopra, Prachi Shah and Pooja Batra were wasted. Laurel, Sushant Pujari, Dharmesh Yelande and others lend good support. Kapil Sharma's diehard fans might get amused over his blink and miss presence in the film.Final Verdict: So bol meri "FILMI KHOPDI" iss film mein kitna hain Dum?
Dum??? Well, this movie has some fantastic dance sequences and that too, in 3D with the help of superb dance performances by its lead actors. The length, weak screenplay and lethargic direction make this film end up as an average product where the actors Naachna Toh Jante Hain, Lekin Script Poora Ka Poora Tedaa hain..'. Director Remo D'Souza ends up the film with a note - 'Life is all about the next step', we would love to follow that by excusing this film and wait for his next venture.Rating - 2.5/5