Director: Remo D’Souza
Cast: Varun Dhawan, Shraddha Kapoor, Prabhu Dheva, Lauren Gottlieb, Dharmesh Yelande, Punit Pathak, Raghav Juyal
Plot: ABCD (Any Body Can Dance) is the Indian wannabe version of the American smash hit dance franchise Step Up! While Step Up has a series of sequels, this one was the second for the Indian counterpart, directed by Remo D’souza. I guess the success of part one created this. The story though has no resemblance to the first part. The plot is around cheating, patriotism, friendship and sportsmanship. Varun (Suru) and Vinnie (Shraddha) are part of a dance troupe that gets blacklisted from competitions after they are caught duplicating an entire act from a Filipino group. To overcome this, they meet Vishnu (Prabhu Deva), hoping he would take them to the World Hip Hop Championship in Las Vegas.
What works: Dance numbers definitely. The film will definitely now benchmark itself as one of the finest if not the best footwork and dancing skills shown in showbiz. Varun Dhawan is a natural dancer so he comes out flying. He jells in the role perfectly. The lady of the film, Shraddha Kapoor, tries hard but Lauren Gottlieb (who is a professional dancer) outshines her. The cast has done it piece. The support cast is also amazing and you see some faces you would know. While Varun and Shraddha might be the actors of the film, you will definitely notice the other rows when dance moves happen. There is some humour too but mostly all good things are about dance numbers.
What doesn’t work: The film does not go beyond being a dance film. It looks like the entire story is there to push the next dance move in the next scene that makes it non-enjoyable if you are not interesting in so much dancing around. Also Prabhu Deva’s background holds no place in the film. While the first half is OK, the second half is too much dancing and slowly it builds an overdose. For me it could have been a little shorter too. The editor needed to finish this one early. I also failed to understand what was the need for 3d because not many scenes needed that.
Watchable: Only if dance is your cup of entertainment because there is no film apart from it.