Review: With so many dance reality shows doing the rounds in the past couple of years, it’s about time we had our very own version of Step Up. ABCD comes at a time when the quality of dance in the country is at its peak. There used to be just one Saroj Khan and one Prabhu Deva. Now there are dozens of choreographers at their level, one better than the other. Western, Indian, Classical, Fusion, you name it; we have it- experts in so many different dance forms. Dance in India has taken a completely different turn over the last decade, a brilliantly qualitative turn. I am not exaggerating when I say we maybe at par with the Western world. Okay, lecture on dance in India done. Now, ABCD, for a debut Indian hardcore commercial dance film… spectacular effort. Remo D’Souza, I am a fan.
Dancer or no dancer, you are going to be entertained. Concepts have been shamelessly lifted from most of the foreign dance films. The usual underdog story but beautifully adapted to suit an Indian audience- both with story and dance forms. A seamless blend of dance picked up from the streets of Mumbai and the rehearsal halls of the west. Choreographer turned director Remo does a fabulous job with his troop of talented dancers. Almost all dance set pieces are noteworthy, especially the climax piece. You can’t get more Bollywood than that. Mumbaikars who have taken to the streets dancing at weddings, visarjans or simply when they are piss drunk with friends and feel like some hooliganism will smile more than once.
Jahangir Khan (KK Menon) and Vishnu (Prabhu Deva) run a popular dance academy. When Vishnu is thrown out for his old school teaching methods and dance style he decides to take a bunch of untrained but talented bunch of kids from a slum area in Dongri under his wing. Will Vishu’s slumdog troop be able to beat Jahangir’s academy snobs at the biggest dance competition of the country? That’s ABCD for you. There are so many awe inspiring pieces in the movie; it is difficult to pick a favorite. The best ones include the climax piece, a masterfully shot sequence in the rain, a solo performance by Punit Pathak and of course Prabhu Deva’s wild solo. But apart from the dance, the director has made sure to add enough drama, dialogue and emotion (not to mention festive flavours) to make sure our typical Bollywood audience (non- dancer audience) is entertained throughout.
If you are part of the public that is anyway hooked on to the dance reality shows on T.V., this is like a Diwali bonus. For the rest, it is still great entertainment.
Verdict: Awe inspiring dance with a dose of emotion & drama.
Release Date: Feb 8, 2013
Director: Remo DSouza
Genre: Dance, Musical
Run time: 2 hrs 23 mins
Cast & Crew: Salman Yusuf Khan, Lauren Gottlieb, Prince Gupta, Prabhu Dheva, Dharmesh Yelande, Kay Kay Menon, Mayuresh Wadkar, Vrushali Chavan, Ganesh Acharya, Saroj Khan and Punit Pathak