|Release date: 08 Feb 2013|
|Director : Remo DSouza|
|Rating : 3/5|
|Producer : Siddharth Roy Kapur,|
|Music Director : Sachin,|
|Starring: Kay Kay Menon,|
Salman Yusuf Khan
Dance based films have been a regular feature in Bollywood for quite some time now. Films like Disco Dancer, Dil To Pagal Hai and Aaja Nachle have been decent entertainers in the past. Continuing with the trend, choreographer turned director Remo Dzouza has now come up with India’s first 3D film on dance. Starring a host of choreographers like Prabhu Deva, Ganesh Acharya and Salman Yousuf Khan, ABCD has finally released today. Let’s see how it is.
The movie starts off with Jahangir (Kay Kay Menon) replacing his long time choreographer Vishnu (Prabhu Deva) with an international Dance teacher in his famous dance institute. For Vishnu, whose life is only about dance is heart-broken after he is kicked out of the institute. He plans to leave Mumbai, but is stopped by his friend Gopi (Ganesh Acharya).
Both of them plan to set up their own dance institute with a few local dancers, who also turn out to be personal rivals. Rest of the story is as to how Vishnu and Gopi form their own dance group, and take on the mighty Jahangir and his professional dancing team.
ABCD is a total dance film as you get to see some of the best dances that Bollywood films ever had. The dance sequences are so exhilarating that you won’t be able take your eyes off the screen. All the dances have been executed and shot exceptionally well. Prabhu Deva is the main stay of the movie and gives the other dancers a run for their money. He is simply superb in the Muqabila theme song and acting wise makes an decent effort.
Ganesh Acharya is a find of ABCD and is specially good with his comedy timing. Kay Kay Menon is at his usual best and scores high with his flawless performance. Dharmesh, Salman Yusuf Khan and Punit Pathak burn the screens on fire with their stunning dance moves. Even though it is a dance film, emotional and dramatic scenes create an decent impact.
Prabhu Deva’s Hindi accent is a big turn off in the film. A dubbed voice could have worked big time for his character. The second half is very slow as many scenes have been dragged out. Some emotional scenes could have been easily chopped off. The movie loses its plot right from the start of the second half.
Some of the dance sequences have an Hollywood impact and some times get repetitive. The 3D effect in most of the songs seems unnecessary as it creates a disturbing effect to the whole flow.
All the tracks by Sachin-Jigar are a great addition to the film. Psycho re which is played at the end of the film, should have been an addition in the movie. The song features some ace dancers like Prabhu Deva, Ganesh Acharya, Saroj Khan and none other than the director Remo D’Souza himself.
Cinematography is first-rate with most of the minute dance sequences are captured exceptionally well. The 3D effect is just OK and is good only for few scenes. Dialogues are simple and the editing is neat. Screen play of ABCD, is a big let down as many scenes are out of place. Remo D Souza’s direction is quite OK as he manages to get a story out of a dance based film. He deserves a special pat for bringing out some of the finest talents on one platform.
On the whole, ABCD is one film which has a total A to Z of dancing. A never before seen dance sequences and some out standing choreography are sure shot plus points. On the flip side, a boring and dragged out second half kills the flow of the film. Finally, ABCD will be loved immensely by dance lovers, and is a OK watch for regular movie goers.