The Desi Step Up in 3D format, choreographer Remo D’Souza’s second bollywood outing ABCD is targeted for the audience who are waiting to watch some quality dance performance. Using the buzz that some young energetic talents made over the years through various reality shows, UTV has produced a film that can be called as a onetime entertainer.
The story basically is the clash of two friends, Vishnu and Jahangir. Vishnu and Jahangir were friends who had a dance academy together (JDC). Jahangir’s decision to withdraw Vishnu from the chief choreographers post and his attitude and methods shackles Vishnu and he decides to leave the academy. Vishnu moves to his friend Gopi’s apartment. The plot basically is about Vishnu’s sweet revenge against Jahangir with the help of some local boys in whom he saw the dancing talent. The journey of Vishnu and Boys towards the championship is what ABCD all about.
Well the story is kind of a blend of Chak De India, Iqbal etc. With the background being dance, the plot gets a few additional elements like the occasional dance performances and also the grand over the top climax dance sequence. The typical elements we usually see in inspirational films are there and thank fully they were not over dramatic.
On screen Prabhu Deva has done his part in a fair way and his dancing is obviously a mind blowing one. For me the best performer was Kay Kay Menon who brought some brightness to the plot with his performance. Ganesh Acharya gets the role of Gopi and I think they could have used his dancing skills in a better way. So You Think You Can Dance fame Lauren Gottlieb makes her entry with the character Rhea. Dharmesh, Salman, Noorin Sha and many others from DID make their acting debut. With dancing having higher priority over acting, all did a good job on screen.
Technically, direction is satisfactory from Remo considering the genre of the film. Content as I said is a blend of familiar inspirational films. The dance is indeed more than satisfying, but the 3D factor wasn’t that attractive. Cinematography is satisfactory but the editing had hiccups.
Overall, ABCD – Any Body Can Dance / Aadalam Boys Chinnatha Dance – is good one time entertainer with usual and predictable flavors. I am giving 2.5/5 for this Remo D’Souza. Watch it, enjoy it, forget it.
Green: Recommended Film
Orange: Okay, Watchable, Experimental Films
Red: Not Recommended