Producer- Lizelle D’Souza and Bhushan Kumar
Director- Remo DSouza
Star Cast- Varun Dhawan, Shraddha Kapoor, Nora Fatehi, Prabhu Deva, Dharmesh Yelande, Punit Pathak, Salman Yusuff Khan and Raghav Juyal and Aparshakti Khurrana
Predictable and Plotless!
Choreographer-turned-director Remo D’Souza reunites his ABCD 2 stars for a 150-minute long dance-off, but it is sad that he is handicapped by a dull story that doesn’t set out to explore any new drama or for that matter give the actors anything besides a series of dance forms.
The film has an insipid and bland plot which revolves around London-based desis Sahej (Varun Dhawan) and Inayat’s (Shraddha Kapoor) trivial rivalry over dance battles and cricket teams, in a quest to win an absurd dance battle so bereft of rules, that you can bat for both teams, change sides right before the final, rope in dholak players as substitute for dubstep and still okay to work on.
Varun Dhawan is a treat to watch as far as his dances are concerned while Shraddha Kapoor is just about average as she does not have a role which is author-backed. Nora Fatrehi impresses in am acting role while it is Aparshakti Khurrana who steals the show in his impactful albeit smaller role in terms of its length.
Prabhudeva with his staunch Tamil accent as the cafe runner Anna who pushes for Sahej and Inayat’s partnership brings the roof down with his remix Muqala Muqabala in a pre-climax sequence but you are left wondering what on earth is new in this unduly long (150 Minutes) film which does not have a proper screenplay or for that matter story from the same director who had churned out a flop like Race 3 just a year ago.
Amidst display of la plethora of Jazz, Contemporary, Afro, Krump, Locking and Popping, Animation Tutting, Urban and some very polished performers from the world over performing rock, pop, twerk, breakdance, dubstep dancing against loud, cumbersome music which you can easily watch if you switch on any GEC today, expect inane and mundane lyrics like Lal dress mein rani bilkul red velvet ka cake lage which makes you squirm on your seats and cry silently wondering when on earth the film will screech to a grinding halt.
To sum up, though it is a film which could have ended up as a performance-oriented film, unfortunately, a plethora number of songs, dance sequences and battlefield banters are thrown in after every five to seven minutes, and it gets distracting even for a die-hard fan of this genre. The biggest plus point, as well as drawback of the movie, is that it caters to the taste of a certain section of the audience – who are dance lovers, and the ones who love to watch expensive and glamorous sets in Bollywood films.
Forget about the story and the fact that it is predictable and the positives in the film is that it has a strong subtle universal message to send across to its audience – that of love in the face of adversity, compassion towards everyone, as it sets out to stress upon the importance of friendship over personal gains, though there is not a moment which will make you tear stricken and emotional.