Remo D'Souza is back with a sequel to ABCD, this time around it is only bigger and better with well known faces of Bollywood joining this dance party...
Varun Dhawan and Shraddha Kapoor starrer ABCD 2 has hit the theatres today! The film is faring well too with its opening doing as well as Akshay Kumar's Gabbar Is Back. Is the film worth your money? Do Varun and Shraddha do justice to the film? Most importantly will it make your weekend more entertaining? Well, read on to find answers to all your questions in our review...
What's it about:
ABCD 2 (Any Body Can Dance) is our version of the American smash hit dance franchise Step up! While the latter has managed to have a series of sequels to its credit, the former has just put out its second part directed by Remo D'Souza starring Varun Dhawan and Shraddha Kapoor in the lead. There is no denying the fact that ABCD is clear about what it sets to achieve - a benchmark in showcasing the best footwork and amazing dancing skills of the greatest performers in showbiz. The success of the first part was enough a reason for the makers to go ahead with a sequel. Though mind you the story of ABCD 2 is not remotely connected to its predecessor. This time around the plot revolves around deceit, patriotism, camaraderie and sportsmanship. Varun (Suru) and Vinnie (Shraddha) are part of a dance troupe that is blacklisted from all competitions after they are caught duplicating an entire act from a Filipino group. Out to get a second chance they meet Vishnu (Prabhu Dheva), hoping he is their ticket to Vegas which is the venue for the World Hip Hop Championship. The focus is on putting together some mind boggling dance numbers while adding a touch of emotion and drama through alternate tracks.
Varun Dhawan can dance! We have seen him do some amazing stuff in his earlier films. He's natural, looks like a million bucks on the screen and this time around he's even carved himself those 8 pack abs for the Chunar song. There is an instant like-ability about Varun that makes his character believable. Shraddha Kapoor has really tried hard to make her detractors eat dirt by rehearsing like crazy and giving her all to dance. She might not be as good as her co-star (who is a professional dancer) Lauren Gottlieb, but her attempt is applaud worthy. While Varun and Shraddha are the poster stars who give ABCD 2 its star value, the real showmen of the film are the supporting cast comprising of an eclectic mix of some familiar and not some familiar faces. The crowd favourites Punit Pathak and Dharmesh Yelande are back and in top form. While Varun and Shraddha might be in the centre of most dance formations, you can't help but take your eyes off those in the second and back rows. Full credit to Remo for picking some of the best dancers in the country to be a part of ABCD 2. Humor comes in form of some cheeky banter between Prabhu Dheva and the troupe early on. Both Bezubaan Phir Se and Vande Mataram stand out as the best choreographed tracks in the film.
ABCD 2 is a dance films, so any one going in expecting a Forrest Gump or an American Beauty will be disappointed. It isn't a performance heavy film, and that perhaps is its biggest weakness. There is a plot and a storyline that sort of serves as a filler between these loosely put together dance acts, but it isn't strong enough to make any impact on us. Varun's track with his mother is random, perhaps written merely to give the Chunar song a valid placement in the opening, or even Prabhu Dheva's poorly scripted backstory about his wife and son hold no place in the movie. Also why does every dance movie have to forcefully weave bits of patriotism in it ? Why can't we have a film that doesn't have someone fluttering a tricolour or reminding us that the underdogs always win! While the first half is easy on the senses, there are too many dance acts post interval that aren't necessary. Some routines looks too similar and lose their novelty when they come in short successions. Also the editor seems to have danced the night away instead of trimming the film and giving it a much needed early wrap. 3 D serves its purpose in the opening title credits and a few scenes, but isn't really an asset that works in favour of the film.
What to do:
ABCD 2 will work for those who just want to enjoy some cool dance numbers. Those expecting a solid story line might be disappointed.
2.5 out of 5
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