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Movie Review: 'ABCD - Any Body Can Dance' is strictly for dance lovers

'ABCD - Any Body Can Dance' has some good dance sequences and that’s all
By Nikhil Kumar
Fri, Feb 08, 2013 14:14:13 GMT

Movie Review: 'ABCD - Any Body Can Dance' is strictly for dance lovers
The ApunKaChoice movie review of ABCD - Any Body Can Dance. Remo D’Souza is doubtlessly convinced that Any Body Can Dance, or even Direct. He for sure pulled a rabbit out of the hat with his successful outing as a director in 2011 with F.A.L.T.U, and now he’s channeled his ‘creative energy’ in directing a film about his first love -- dance -- that too in 3D. And to traverse the minefield of obvious clichés a film of such a genre can slip into if in inept hands, he’s got the services of the jelly-limbed foot-juggler Prabhu Deva and a bunch of dancers cherry-picked from the telly show Dance India Dance, namely Salman Yusuf Khan, Dharmesh Yelande, Punit Pathak and the American newbie Lauren Gottlieb. Where Remo D'Souza falters is in stitching together a screenplay that goes beyond just fine presentation of dance sequences, not to mention the gratuitous drama he could have better done away with.

ABCD - Any Body Can Dance stars Prabhu Deva as Vishnu, a star choreographer of Jehangir Dance Company which is run by Jehangir (Kay Kay Menon). Vishnu is instrumental in the success of the academy but doesn’t agree with Jehangir’s businessman attitude towards what he considers a sacred art. So Vishnu is booted out of the company and is about to leave for his native Chennai when a ragtag bunch of dancers from Mumbai’s slums and shanties catches his eye at Ganesh mahotsav. In them, he finds a new purpose.

He takes them under his wing to train them for the dance competition Dance Dil Se. But the group is beset with personal rivalries, ego tussles, heartburns and even drug problem. On the other hand, Jehangir has a troupe of well-heeled dance aficionados being trained by an American expert to win Dance Dil Se. Vishnu’s ragtag bunch starts off as underdogs and has nothing but their talent and Vishnu’s guidance to fall back on.

So who will prevail on the D-day? The bunch that believes one must ‘dance to impress’ or the ones who ‘dance to express’?

To give credit where it’s due, ABCD - Any Body Can Dance does boast of some energetically executed dance sequences, particularly a solo one on Prabhu Deva right before the half way mark. The actor still knows how to kill it on the dance floor, even though his acting leaves a lot to be desired. Thankfully -- and wisely too -- Prabhu doesn’t try too hard to inject emotions into his act. He bargains away over-expressiveness for restraint, like a man who knows his limitations and keeps them in check.

It is the ever dependable Kay Kay Menon who comes up with a convincing portrayal of a cunning, avaricious, smug, snobbish owner of a dance company. He lends the right strut and swagger to his character, putting to shade everyone in the frame.

The younger lot, Salman Yusuf Khan, Dharmesh Yelande and Punit Pathak come good with their respective acts, without anyone holding out the promise of being the next Patrick Swayze.

ABCD - Any Body Can Dance starts off well, loses steam in between, picks up at the interval point, slumps again in the run-up to the explosive finale. So its trajectory is verily of an opiated dancer.

Verdict: A film strictly for dance aficionados.

Rating: 2.5
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