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ABCD – Anybody Can Dance  : Put On Your Dancing Shoes
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Friday, February 8, 2013
Dance-Pop
Remo D’Souza
Prabhudheva, Ganesh Acharya, Kay Kay Menon and reality dance show winners
ABCD – Any Body Can Dance is so filled with spirited dance that you’ll want to stand up and swing along. All those with two left feet will be left out feeling wistful!

The plot: Vishnu Sir (Prabhudheva), dances from his soul and expects his dancers to do the same. Votes, fame, audience, everything matters to him but nothing compared to talent and sheer love for dance. When he is ousted from JDC (Jehangir Dance Company) by his friend and business partner Jehangir Khan (Kay Kay Menon), despite giving 15 years and several wins to the company, a dispirited Vishnu decides to go back to Chennai.

But in his temporary digs with friend Gopi (Ganesh Acharya), he comes across two local gangs, who are forever engaged in a dance jugalbandi and the occasional fist fight. He decides to tame the wild ones and steer them into realizing their true talent. Friendship, enmity, love, betrayal, dedication and devotion is tested in this battle to be the best. 

The good: You might start off by comparing ABCD to Step Up but once the dancers start making their moves it doesn’t really matter because the choreography and dancing are just so fantastic. Yes, some parts like the dance in the rain or Prince Gupta with his large headphones who will remind you of Big Moose do look familiar but ABCD is in no way a copy of it. ABCD is as similar as any other dance film, the way every romantic film is like the other one, but with its own uniqueness.

Reality shows, which have become a ready platform for Indian talent, has been captured well, mercifully without the rona-dhona or melodrama. The first sequence where Prabhudheva finds the kids running around the slum is shot brilliantly. 

There are no words to express Prabhudheva’s performance. He will blow your mind with his moves. Director Remo has made sure that, in spite of having a superstar like Prabhudheva in the film, nowhere does he go overboard using him to push the film, neither in his acting nor in his dancing. The other dancers have ample scope and Prabhudheva doesn’t overshadow them. Of the two group leaders, Dharmesh Yelande as D shines.

Salman has also done a great job and his dance performances are a blast. The rest of the dancers including Prince Gupta, Mayuresh Wadkar, Raghav Juyal, Kishore Aman, Lauren Gottlieb, Saajan Singh, Noorin Shah, Vrushali Chavan, Sushant Pujari and Raju Katuwal are superb. Punit Pathak as Chandu has an excellent character role and he does it splendidly.

The music by Sachin-Jigar is infectiously catchy. The only glitch: although the final song ‘Sadda dil vi tu’ sounds fabulous, it is too close to ‘Char baj gaye lekin’ from F.A.L.T.U. And please do wait for the end credits ’coz there is another song with Saroj Khan, Remo D’Souza, Ganesh Acharya and Prabhudheva dancing to a south Indian number!

The bad: After leaving the theatre in an upbeat mood (something that hasn’t happened in ages), it feels like nitpicking to point out what doesn’t work. But then, there’s always room for improvement.
Firstly, a 3D dance movie is fine but the dances are not in 3D. Flower petals, rain drops, title credits etc come in 3D but not the rest of the movie! Secondly the first half, which drags a bit, could've been made crisper like the post-interval portion. Chandu’s sudden exit is absolutely uncalled for. You do want him around longer.

Overall: It’s a crowd-puller with new faces and loads of talent. So what are you waiting for? Pick up your dancing shoes and go for this foot-tapping movie-watching experience.

– Priyanka Ketkar


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