ABCD Review: Anybody Can Dance

ABCD Anybody Can Dance Movie Review by Indicine critic Joginder Tuteja.

Expectations

ABCD – You do carry certain set expectations from the film when the opening credits start rolling. You want the film to be rich in dance sequences, boast of a visual spectacle and thrive on some pulsating music. Not just that as you are also almost sure that there won’t be anything quintessential Bollywood in the way song-n-dance routine is presented on screen. Moreover, you also feel somewhere at the bottom of your heart that it would be sacrilege to expect something that ends up beating Hollywood in it’s own game. After all, out there in West such movies are a genre in themselves whereas in India, ABCD is first of its kinds. It is an experiment that doesn’t really have a precedent and hence is entirely standing on it’s own footing.

In that aspect, the expectations are certainly met. You want ABCD to be entertaining but don’t really expect a moon from it. Of course this also means that overall narrative of the film remains predictable (with a couple of spikes of course). However there isn’t much reason to complain since one has to acknowledge that at least a start has been made in Bollywood when it comes to introduction of a new genre.

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What works

There aren’t many surprises from the storyline perspective either. The promos have pretty much indicated that the film is about a senior choreographer (Prabhudheva) breakig away from his peer (Kay Kay Menon) on ethical and moreal grounds and in the process forming his own dance troupe. How he manages to pull it off, bring in a bunch of disoriented youngsters together, form a cohesive team and ultimately emerge victorious is the kind of plot which is pretty much template driven. In fact it won’t be wrong to say that the kind of treatment that the film sees for itself could well have been aplicable for a sports movie as welldue to it’s core theme as well as the kind of message it wishes to convey. No wonder, you end up remembering ‘Chak De India’ at more than just a couple of places even though the scenes and their structure maintain their own identity.

The USP scores

Remo D’Souza does well in keeping the core value of the film intact. This means that dance forms a major part of the proceedings and thankfully the film doesn’t digress from that. Even if there are traces of a love story or some personal issues (around rivalry between two youngsters or the drug problem faced by a character) are touched upon, they nevert threaten to take over the story. What remains consistent is dance and that’s what you find in ample proportion right through the film.

Of course with Remo at the helm of affairs, you do see a variety of dance forms being explored. So whether these are Ganpati sequences at start (well done) and then in the end (brilliant), Bezubaan, Sorry Sorry or Duhai, you are glued to the proceedings. Ditto is the case when a few other set dance pieces intersperse the proceedings.

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What could be a deterrent

On the flipside, this also means that for those who like their dance numbers to be conventionally filmy, especially when seen in a Bollywood set up, thee isn’t much to offer since what you get to see in the film has a niche appeal to it. Of course there is a good population that has been glued to the small screen, courtesy quite a few reality dance shows that play on screen. However to counter that there is also a substantial junta that hasn’t really caught fancy of such shows yet. For the latter audience, ABCD doesn’t quite turn out to be a must-watch affair.

The contributors

As stated earlier though, the endeavour of the film wasn’t really to make inroads into an all India junta but to create a niche for itself by reaching out the target audience. In that aspect, the film works and so do the actors who contribute in making this film special. So while music and lyrics by Sachin-Jigar and Mayur Puri respectively prove to be the driving factor for the film, the actors fit into their parts well to justify their presence. Prabhudheva is required to act with a straight face during most part of the film and he suits the part. On the other hand Kay Kay is very good, as always. This man needs to be seen in more films. Salman, Dharmesh and other youngsters may be acting for the first time but don’t come across as amateurs. The fact that they dance exceptionally well only lends them further brownie points.

What’s that

Even though the film is in 3D, it could well have done without that since there isn’t much that you take home from the technique standpoint. Yes, it does make it’s presence felt at a point or two, mainly during the dance sequences, but to wear glasses for a 140 minutes duration just for that is pretty much avoidable.

The final word

Eventually, ABCD turns out to be a film which scores in the uniqueness quotient. Yes, the predictability factor means that you don’t quite jump with joy or feel overtly euphoric at many junctures. However due to this very factor there is no boredom either that hits you since the film’s safe narrative keeps the proceedings by and large engaging and entertaining.

At the box office too the film is a safe bet due to it’s controlled budget. Moreover, it’s good opening would further ensure that the returns are super quick and added moolah contributes to the profits.

An experiment that pays.

Rating: ★★★☆☆

Joginder Tuteja tweets @tutejajoginder

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Comments

Asim:  (February 8, 2013 at 9:46 pm)

Really impressed with this movie … the first half was good but the 2nd half was mind blowing. What dance, what choreography. The script also played its part!!!!!

In short.. terrific totally worth watching once or even twice. Give it a go for sure!!!!

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yasir:  (February 8, 2013 at 9:51 pm)

thanks for a review without any/too many spoilers. I will watch movie tomorrow and post my views.

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Sahil khan:  (February 8, 2013 at 10:27 pm)

i saw this movie today , and what mind blowing dance steps , film is awesome must watch for all youngsters , Prabhu sir ,salman and dharmesh are very good. Music, dance, emotions, and overall its an paisa vasool movie

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meeth:  (February 8, 2013 at 11:10 pm)

Must watch for anybody who loves dancing. Prabhu deva is brilliant. Box office has beaten Special 26. Special achievement from a small film. Congrats.

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Mike:  (February 8, 2013 at 11:25 pm)

ABCD stands for — Abhishek Bachchan Cant Dance :D

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divya:  (February 9, 2013 at 12:11 am)

treat for those who are passionate about Song and Dance. A sweet & simple film with some mind-boggling dance moves from everyone. Background dancers were superb.

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Inspired:  (February 9, 2013 at 12:18 am)

Most of the steps were inspired or flicked from Hollywood movies. Sad that Bollywood lacks originality :(

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vineet:  (February 9, 2013 at 12:40 am)

Much better than most big star movies and all Salman khan movies.

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Rohit:  (February 9, 2013 at 12:41 am)

Was a good movie. Exceeds all expectations! Watch out for awesome dance and climax!!

Prabhu Deva take a bow.

Rating 3.5/5

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reshma:  (February 9, 2013 at 12:43 am)

ABCD was a good movie with a different new concept.. only negatives being the average music.. 3/5

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Adi:  (February 9, 2013 at 12:52 am)

ABCD is a wannable Step Up.. nothing else

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megha:  (February 9, 2013 at 8:48 am)

why cant you review a film in a single go .. call it good or bad!! but for some strange reason you have this habit of liking this not liking that liking the sound but not the effect liking the camera not the lens . liking the background not the sts etc and etc .. you dont have your feet firmly on ground .. at the end of the show you immediately know whetther the film worked or not … but you take reams of threads to explain your reasonings .. completely chaotic review .. i for one can immediately make out when something is a copy of step up series .. and prabhu deva is no actor he is only southindian ugly background choroeographer why he is doing films is a wonder!!! and who are the people financing him is another wonder .. he is not an icon amongst us why he is doing all this is quite surprising !!!i give no rating to this film simply because it is devoid of any meaning

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Deepak Prasad:  (February 9, 2013 at 12:01 pm)

rating: 5/5

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Gireesh rathod:  (February 24, 2013 at 10:57 am)

Nice.,

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