ABCD Movie Review

11 Feb

ABCD marks director-choreographer Remo D’souza’s second directorial venture and this time has played it safe by sticking to what he does best – Dance!

ABCD is the story of a simple choreographer, Vishnu who gets thrown out of a dance institute he jointly founded with friend, Jahangir. He’s now dejected and out of work and hence, almost decides to leave Mumbai permanently when, in a Ganesh Chaturthi celebration in the chawl he temporarily stays in, he spots some local talent and decides to nurture them in order to participate in an upcoming dance championship. The movie is in essence, the story of these youngsters and their journey in winning the competition.

It’s a very predictable story. Unemployed dance teacher grooms poor kids from the chawl, everyone works hard, some miscreants misbehave and obviously, at the end, they win the dance event. Also, considering it’s a dance movie, the music is not great. Ganesh Acharya, who plays Prabhu Deva’s friend in the movie, hams through his dialogues and is a sore to the ears and eyes. Prabhu Deva ‘s dialogue delivery sucks and you wish he could have done better, being a motivational teacher. To add to it all, there are a host of forgettable characters who hardly make an impact. And perhaps, the movie being shorter could have helped too.

But the movie has a soul. Most of the new actors, being former participants of reputed TV show, Dance India Dance, are already a familiar face and I was pleasantly surprised to see that they already have a decent fan following. In the theatre I went to, there were whistles when Bangalore boy, Salman Khan came on to the screen! Out of the entire gamut of new actors, Punit who plays Chandu stands out with the most likeable face among all. They even have a foreigner dancer, Lauren who’s extremely graceful and pleasant. The dance sequences are immaculately choreographed, though there’s nothing that we haven’t seen before. There is a portion of the film, where the youngsters go to a club and almost lose their money on a bet and Vishnu dances to save the day. This is about 3-4 minutes of unadulterated Prabhu Deva which is a visual treat and made the movie paisa vasool for me! But the best part of the movie is undoubtedly the climax. It’s been a while since I’ve seen a climax this moving and beautiful. And oh, I almost forgot, there is also a very cute Saroj Khan in a special appearance 🙂

So, take a bow, Remo D’Souza, good job done! I would rate this a 3 out of 5, but I still want to give out a disclaimer – Go only if you like dance or you would be terribly bored.

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