Chance Pe Dance is the story of Sameer Behl (Shahid Kapoor), who is one in these thousands. A Delhi boy, he comes to Mumbai to become a star, fuelled by his late mother’s dream. Three years and counting he is still struggling, giving auditions, trying in vain to create a network and working another job to pay the bills. His father keeps asking him to return but he is adamant that he will make it. Opportunities come but are snatched away before promises materialize.
Talented, with a strong hold in dance, he gets noticed by a director at a night club, resulting in a meeting and subsequently a guaranteed lead role in a film based on dance, sealed by a handshake, not a contract. Coincidentally, the choreographer of the film happens to be the adorable Tina (Genelia D’Souza), who he’d met earlier at an audition. Unfortunately he loses his flat and job due to his unintentional erraticism. He starts living in his car and becomes a dance teacher in a school while dreaming about his dream debut. In the absence of a contract, his dreams are shattered when the search for the star becomes a reality show and he’s dropped without a thought. Broken on the inside, he channels his energy towards the children’s dream of winning a dance contest, while getting back to the ordeal of auditions.
In all of this, Tina is a great friend and with her positive energy, and her unadulterated belief and support leads to a relationship more intimate. On hearing that she backed out of the movie for his sake, he decides to take part in the reality contest. He makes it to the finals but a family emergency takes him back to Delhi. Does undying belief and constant dedication give him that one chance?
The hypocrisy and game play that exists in the film industry leads to talent being quashed by influence. Promises are made only to be broken and acting is done more off screen than on. To quote from the movie ‘films bhi ek business hai’. The movie does show the truth but is not trying to do so. Made to be an entertainer, it’s fun and enjoyable. The kids add a different aspect by contributing innocence and honesty. Shahid’s dancing is spectacular, though there is not much scope to showcase his acting. And Genelia is just refreshing with her attitude, expressions and unaffected portrayal of her character. While the movie isn’t outstanding, it’s decent.
There are some things that are a bit far-fetched, but then in this life where luck goes from good to bad to worse, maybe sometimes kismat boils down to that one miraculous chance. When you get it, Chance Pe Dance!
Contributed by Raashi Malhotra