ABCD 2

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ABCD 2

Starring: Varun Dhawan, Shraddha Kapoor, Prabhu Deva
Directed by: Remo D’Souza

Consensus: 2 Stars
Meh

ABCD 2

Starring: Varun Dhawan, Shraddha Kapoor, Prabhu Deva
Directed by: Remo D’Souza

Consensus: 2 Stars
Meh!


Starring

Varun Dhawan
Shraddha Kapoor
Lauren Gottlieb
Prabhu Deva
Tisca Chopra

Written by

Tushar Hiranandani
Mayur Puri (dialogue)

Directed by

Remo D’Souza


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What to Expect

To set the record or the ‘expectations’ straight, here are a few questions that I would like to pose to the filmmakers:

  • The movie features trained dancers who are all very good at it and go on to compete in the World Hip-Hop Challenge. Why is the movie then called Any Body Can Dance anymore? On a lighter note, shouldn’t it have featured (non) dance legends similar to Suniel Shetty, Sunny Deol or Sanjay Dutt?
  • The competition is a hip-hop challenge, but just like you can dance ’Tamanchey Pe Disco’ (Disco is a music genre and not a dance form in the strictest terms), can you similarly have freestyle in a Hip-Hop competition just because it’s a Hindi film?
  • Since dance (here) has more to do with ‘feelings’ and isn’t just about music and rhythm, a deaf and mute character can dance impromptu, and match steps with a group of dancers, let alone with practice. Excuse me, what?
  • Are Indians the only patriotic lot who zealously want to represent their country? Are the rest simply individual teams?
  • For a movie that talks about plagiarism and second chances, there’s no credit to Guddu Rangeela (the hugely popular Bihari Vernacular singer) for a song that has been lifted off one of his popular songs and used during the audition scene. Preach much?

What’s it About?

Loosely based on a convention-defying Nalasopara (a distant Mumbai-based suburb) based dance group, which made it to a top dance competition without much support from anywhere, ABCD 2 is the story of Suresh ’Suru’ (Varun Dhawan; Badlapur) and his motley group of dancers including Vinnie (Shraddha Kapoor) who are kicked out of a tele dance competition on charges of plagiarism (that seems correct) and then go on to compete in the World Hip Hop Challenge in Vegas with the help of a drunk mentor in Vishnu (Prabhu Deva).

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

Glamor Kewl Dance Hip Swag Yolo

Glamor Kewl Dance Hip Swag Yolo

To give credit where it’s due, since the central theme in the movie is dance, you get to see a lot of it in all forms, places and moments. Whether those are appropriately placed or not, or whether they are mediocre or simply fabulous, is a different discussion and would emanate from different levels or understanding of the art form. In other words, your vantage point would ascribe your appreciation of it.

ABCD 2 is a follow up to the sleeper hit ABCD: Any Body Can Dance, and naturally has a bigger budget, having managed to rope in two of the current generation’s up-and-coming actors, namely Varun Dhawan and Shraddha Kapoor. This star power addition to the film may not quite be the shot in the arm that the makers would have hoped for in terms of quality of dance. The Box Office draw, however, is a different matter, and – these days – is a function of promotion and other similar factors altogether. The star kids aren’t bad dancers (Varun is relatively better than Shraddha) but they are nowhere close to the group they are dancing with. The result, thus, is a toned down version of what the better dancers are capable of. A glaring example of it is when the abundantly talented Lauren Gottlieb’s Olive joins the group to replace Vinnie, which is when the choreography suddenly hits a different high and dexterity level. Overall though, to varying degrees, the choreography is appealing and the set pieces are dazzling with elaborate props, costumes and music.

Although ABCD 2 is a dance film, it focuses simply on the dance and forgets about the rest of the film, so much so that it becomes an elaborate film dance set within multiple competitions and dance shows. The story at the centre of it is laughingly silly and the audience is supposed to chug on moving from one choreographed set piece to another. The film wakes up to elements of a good narrative like romance, drama and similar stuff momentarily – almost like answering a roll call – and goes back to being dormant, almost instantly letting the dance make up for the rest of the extra long runtime of a hundred and forty seven minutes.

To Perform or Not to Perform

I be so strength and so serious

I be so strength and so serious

Among the actors, Varun Dhawan puts up an earnest face and invests into his character and the dance moves. Shraddha Kapoor is yet another version of a bubbly character and her dance moves are abundantly inspired from Indian Hindi films. Prabhu Deva as the drunk teacher Vishnu is a cracker of a dancer but comes across as silly when mouthing emotional lines. The rest of the crew are spot on and make the choreography come alive with their skill. Let me also make a special mention to Lauren Gottlieb who infuses some additional energy and skills with her limited screen time. I doubt if the film was planned to have many scenes that showcased acting chops. The performances herein, however, were meant to be limited to the stage and the dance floor, and in that regard, ABCD 2 is competitively performed.

Worth it?

If you are the kind that likes reality shows and more so dance reality shows, or if you are a dance enthusiast and wish to be entertained by a lot of razzle-dazzle choreography, then this film would be right up your alley. For everyone else who wishes to see something beyond, there’s disappointment to be had. Dance enthusiast or not, however, I doubt if this would manage to dance into your heart, as once you’re out of the cinemas, it will certainly be out of your minds.

Consensus: 2 Stars
Meh!
About the Author

Sajan Gupta

Reluctant banker. Aspirational writer. Movie enthusiast. Voracious reader. Part-time ambitious; full-time dreamer. Runs the "Reel Life" page on Facebook.

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Starring

Varun Dhawan
Shraddha Kapoor
Lauren Gottlieb
Prabhu Deva
Tisca Chopra

Written by

Tushar Hiranandani
Mayur Puri (dialogue)

Directed by

Remo D’Souza


What to Expect

To set the record or the ‘expectations’ straight, here are a few questions that I would like to pose to the filmmakers:

  • The movie features trained dancers who are all very good at it and go on to compete in the World Hip-Hop Challenge. Why is the movie then called Any Body Can Dance anymore? On a lighter note, shouldn’t it have featured (non) dance legends similar to Suniel Shetty, Sunny Deol or Sanjay Dutt?
  • The competition is a hip-hop challenge, but just like you can dance ’Tamanchey Pe Disco’ (Disco is a music genre and not a dance form in the strictest terms), can you similarly have freestyle in a Hip-Hop competition just because it’s a Hindi film?
  • Since dance (here) has more to do with ‘feelings’ and isn’t just about music and rhythm, a deaf and mute character can dance impromptu, and match steps with a group of dancers, let alone with practice. Excuse me, what?
  • Are Indians the only patriotic lot who zealously want to represent their country? Are the rest simply individual teams?
  • For a movie that talks about plagiarism and second chances, there’s no credit to Guddu Rangeela (the hugely popular Bihari Vernacular singer) for a song that has been lifted off one of his popular songs and used during the audition scene. Preach much?

What’s it About?

Loosely based on a convention-defying Nalasopara (a distant Mumbai-based suburb) based dance group, which made it to a top dance competition without much support from anywhere, ABCD 2 is the story of Suresh ’Suru’ (Varun Dhawan; Badlapur) and his motley group of dancers including Vinnie (Shraddha Kapoor) who are kicked out of a tele dance competition on charges of plagiarism (that seems correct) and then go on to compete in the World Hip Hop Challenge in Vegas with the help of a drunk mentor in Vishnu (Prabhu Deva).

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

Glamor Kewl Dance Hip Swag Yolo

Glamor Kewl Dance Hip Swag Yolo

To give credit where it’s due, since the central theme in the movie is dance, you get to see a lot of it in all forms, places and moments. Whether those are appropriately placed or not, or whether they are mediocre or simply fabulous, is a different discussion and would emanate from different levels or understanding of the art form. In other words, your vantage point would ascribe your appreciation of it.

ABCD 2 is a follow up to the sleeper hit ABCD: Any Body Can Dance, and naturally has a bigger budget, having managed to rope in two of the current generation’s up-and-coming actors, namely Varun Dhawan and Shraddha Kapoor. This star power addition to the film may not quite be the shot in the arm that the makers would have hoped for in terms of quality of dance. The Box Office draw, however, is a different matter, and – these days – is a function of promotion and other similar factors altogether. The star kids aren’t bad dancers (Varun is relatively better than Shraddha) but they are nowhere close to the group they are dancing with. The result, thus, is a toned down version of what the better dancers are capable of. A glaring example of it is when the abundantly talented Lauren Gottlieb’s Olive joins the group to replace Vinnie, which is when the choreography suddenly hits a different high and dexterity level. Overall though, to varying degrees, the choreography is appealing and the set pieces are dazzling with elaborate props, costumes and music.

Although ABCD 2 is a dance film, it focuses simply on the dance and forgets about the rest of the film, so much so that it becomes an elaborate film dance set within multiple competitions and dance shows. The story at the centre of it is laughingly silly and the audience is supposed to chug on moving from one choreographed set piece to another. The film wakes up to elements of a good narrative like romance, drama and similar stuff momentarily – almost like answering a roll call – and goes back to being dormant, almost instantly letting the dance make up for the rest of the extra long runtime of a hundred and forty seven minutes.

To Perform or Not to Perform

I be so strength and so serious

I be so strength and so serious

Among the actors, Varun Dhawan puts up an earnest face and invests into his character and the dance moves. Shraddha Kapoor is yet another version of a bubbly character and her dance moves are abundantly inspired from Indian Hindi films. Prabhu Deva as the drunk teacher Vishnu is a cracker of a dancer but comes across as silly when mouthing emotional lines. The rest of the crew are spot on and make the choreography come alive with their skill. Let me also make a special mention to Lauren Gottlieb who infuses some additional energy and skills with her limited screen time. I doubt if the film was planned to have many scenes that showcased acting chops. The performances herein, however, were meant to be limited to the stage and the dance floor, and in that regard, ABCD 2 is competitively performed.

Worth it?

If you are the kind that likes reality shows and more so dance reality shows, or if you are a dance enthusiast and wish to be entertained by a lot of razzle-dazzle choreography, then this film would be right up your alley. For everyone else who wishes to see something beyond, there’s disappointment to be had. Dance enthusiast or not, however, I doubt if this would manage to dance into your heart, as once you’re out of the cinemas, it will certainly be out of your minds.

Consensus: 2 Stars
Meh!
About the Author

Sajan Gupta

Reluctant banker. Aspirational writer. Movie enthusiast. Voracious reader. Part-time ambitious; full-time dreamer. Runs the "Reel Life" page on Facebook.

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What to Expect

COLORS YAY!

COLORS YAY!

To set the record or the ‘expectations’ straight, here are a few questions that I would like to pose to the filmmakers:

  • The movie features trained dancers who are all very good at it and go on to compete in the World Hip-Hop Challenge. Why is the movie then called Any Body Can Dance anymore? On a lighter note, shouldn’t it have featured (non) dance legends similar to Suniel Shetty, Sunny Deol or Sanjay Dutt?
  • The competition is a hip-hop challenge, but just like you can dance ’Tamanchey Pe Disco’ (Disco is a music genre and not a dance form in the strictest terms), can you similarly have freestyle in a Hip-Hop competition just because it’s a Hindi film?
  • Since dance (here) has more to do with ‘feelings’ and isn’t just about music and rhythm, a deaf and mute character can dance impromptu, and match steps with a group of dancers, let alone with practice. Excuse me, what?
  • Are Indians the only patriotic lot who zealously want to represent their country? Are the rest simply individual teams?
  • For a movie that talks about plagiarism and second chances, there’s no credit to Guddu Rangeela (the hugely popular Bihari Vernacular singer) for a song that has been lifted off one of his popular songs and used during the audition scene. Preach much?

What’s it About?

Loosely based on a convention-defying Nalasopara (a distant Mumbai-based suburb) based dance group, which made it to a top dance competition without much support from anywhere, ABCD 2 is the story of Suresh ’Suru’ (Varun Dhawan; Badlapur) and his motley group of dancers including Vinnie (Shraddha Kapoor) who are kicked out of a tele dance competition on charges of plagiarism (that seems correct) and then go on to compete in the World Hip Hop Challenge in Vegas with the help of a drunk mentor in Vishnu (Prabhu Deva).

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

Glamor Kewl Dance Hip Swag Yolo

Glamor Kewl Dance Hip Swag Yolo

To give credit where it’s due, since the central theme in the movie is dance, you get to see a lot of it in all forms, places and moments. Whether those are appropriately placed or not, or whether they are mediocre or simply fabulous, is a different discussion and would emanate from different levels or understanding of the art form. In other words, your vantage point would ascribe your appreciation of it.

ABCD 2 is a follow up to the sleeper hit ABCD: Any Body Can Dance, and naturally has a bigger budget, having managed to rope in two of the current generation’s up-and-coming actors, namely Varun Dhawan and Shraddha Kapoor. This star power addition to the film may not quite be the shot in the arm that the makers would have hoped for in terms of quality of dance. The Box Office draw, however, is a different matter, and – these days – is a function of promotion and other similar factors altogether. The star kids aren’t bad dancers (Varun is relatively better than Shraddha) but they are nowhere close to the group they are dancing with. The result, thus, is a toned down version of what the better dancers are capable of. A glaring example of it is when the abundantly talented Lauren Gottlieb’s Olive joins the group to replace Vinnie, which is when the choreography suddenly hits a different high and dexterity level. Overall though, to varying degrees, the choreography is appealing and the set pieces are dazzling with elaborate props, costumes and music.

Although ABCD 2 is a dance film, it focuses simply on the dance and forgets about the rest of the film, so much so that it becomes an elaborate film dance set within multiple competitions and dance shows. The story at the centre of it is laughingly silly and the audience is supposed to chug on moving from one choreographed set piece to another. The film wakes up to elements of a good narrative like romance, drama and similar stuff momentarily – almost like answering a roll call – and goes back to being dormant, almost instantly letting the dance make up for the rest of the extra long runtime of a hundred and forty seven minutes.

To Perform or Not to Perform

I be so strength and so serious

I be so strength and so serious

Among the actors, Varun Dhawan puts up an earnest face and invests into his character and the dance moves. Shraddha Kapoor is yet another version of a bubbly character and her dance moves are abundantly inspired from Indian Hindi films. Prabhu Deva as the drunk teacher Vishnu is a cracker of a dancer but comes across as silly when mouthing emotional lines. The rest of the crew are spot on and make the choreography come alive with their skill. Let me also make a special mention to Lauren Gottlieb who infuses some additional energy and skills with her limited screen time. I doubt if the film was planned to have many scenes that showcased acting chops. The performances herein, however, were meant to be limited to the stage and the dance floor, and in that regard, ABCD 2 is competitively performed.

Worth it?

If you are the kind that likes reality shows and more so dance reality shows, or if you are a dance enthusiast and wish to be entertained by a lot of razzle-dazzle choreography, then this film would be right up your alley. For everyone else who wishes to see something beyond, there’s disappointment to be had. Dance enthusiast or not, however, I doubt if this would manage to dance into your heart, as once you’re out of the cinemas, it will certainly be out of your minds.

About the Author

Sajan Gupta

Reluctant banker. Aspirational writer. Movie enthusiast. Voracious reader. Part-time ambitious; full-time dreamer. Runs the "Reel Life" page on Facebook.

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What to Expect

COLORS YAY!

COLORS YAY!

To set the record or the ‘expectations’ straight, here are a few questions that I would like to pose to the filmmakers:

  • The movie features trained dancers who are all very good at it and go on to compete in the World Hip-Hop Challenge. Why is the movie then called Any Body Can Dance anymore? On a lighter note, shouldn’t it have featured (non) dance legends similar to Suniel Shetty, Sunny Deol or Sanjay Dutt?
  • The competition is a hip-hop challenge, but just like you can dance ’Tamanchey Pe Disco’ (Disco is a music genre and not a dance form in the strictest terms), can you similarly have freestyle in a Hip-Hop competition just because it’s a Hindi film?
  • Since dance (here) has more to do with ‘feelings’ and isn’t just about music and rhythm, a deaf and mute character can dance impromptu, and match steps with a group of dancers, let alone with practice. Excuse me, what?
  • Are Indians the only patriotic lot who zealously want to represent their country? Are the rest simply individual teams?
  • For a movie that talks about plagiarism and second chances, there’s no credit to Guddu Rangeela (the hugely popular Bihari Vernacular singer) for a song that has been lifted off one of his popular songs and used during the audition scene. Preach much?

What’s it About?

Loosely based on a convention-defying Nalasopara (a distant Mumbai-based suburb) based dance group, which made it to a top dance competition without much support from anywhere, ABCD 2 is the story of Suresh ’Suru’ (Varun Dhawan; Badlapur) and his motley group of dancers including Vinnie (Shraddha Kapoor) who are kicked out of a tele dance competition on charges of plagiarism (that seems correct) and then go on to compete in the World Hip Hop Challenge in Vegas with the help of a drunk mentor in Vishnu (Prabhu Deva).

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

Glamor Kewl Dance Hip Swag Yolo

Glamor Kewl Dance Hip Swag Yolo

To give credit where it’s due, since the central theme in the movie is dance, you get to see a lot of it in all forms, places and moments. Whether those are appropriately placed or not, or whether they are mediocre or simply fabulous, is a different discussion and would emanate from different levels or understanding of the art form. In other words, your vantage point would ascribe your appreciation of it.

ABCD 2 is a follow up to the sleeper hit ABCD: Any Body Can Dance, and naturally has a bigger budget, having managed to rope in two of the current generation’s up-and-coming actors, namely Varun Dhawan and Shraddha Kapoor. This star power addition to the film may not quite be the shot in the arm that the makers would have hoped for in terms of quality of dance. The Box Office draw, however, is a different matter, and – these days – is a function of promotion and other similar factors altogether. The star kids aren’t bad dancers (Varun is relatively better than Shraddha) but they are nowhere close to the group they are dancing with. The result, thus, is a toned down version of what the better dancers are capable of. A glaring example of it is when the abundantly talented Lauren Gottlieb’s Olive joins the group to replace Vinnie, which is when the choreography suddenly hits a different high and dexterity level. Overall though, to varying degrees, the choreography is appealing and the set pieces are dazzling with elaborate props, costumes and music.

Although ABCD 2 is a dance film, it focuses simply on the dance and forgets about the rest of the film, so much so that it becomes an elaborate film dance set within multiple competitions and dance shows. The story at the centre of it is laughingly silly and the audience is supposed to chug on moving from one choreographed set piece to another. The film wakes up to elements of a good narrative like romance, drama and similar stuff momentarily – almost like answering a roll call – and goes back to being dormant, almost instantly letting the dance make up for the rest of the extra long runtime of a hundred and forty seven minutes.

To Perform or Not to Perform

I be so strength and so serious

I be so strength and so serious

Among the actors, Varun Dhawan puts up an earnest face and invests into his character and the dance moves. Shraddha Kapoor is yet another version of a bubbly character and her dance moves are abundantly inspired from Indian Hindi films. Prabhu Deva as the drunk teacher Vishnu is a cracker of a dancer but comes across as silly when mouthing emotional lines. The rest of the crew are spot on and make the choreography come alive with their skill. Let me also make a special mention to Lauren Gottlieb who infuses some additional energy and skills with her limited screen time. I doubt if the film was planned to have many scenes that showcased acting chops. The performances herein, however, were meant to be limited to the stage and the dance floor, and in that regard, ABCD 2 is competitively performed.

Worth it?

If you are the kind that likes reality shows and more so dance reality shows, or if you are a dance enthusiast and wish to be entertained by a lot of razzle-dazzle choreography, then this film would be right up your alley. For everyone else who wishes to see something beyond, there’s disappointment to be had. Dance enthusiast or not, however, I doubt if this would manage to dance into your heart, as once you’re out of the cinemas, it will certainly be out of your minds.

About the Author

Sajan Gupta

Reluctant banker. Aspirational writer. Movie enthusiast. Voracious reader. Part-time ambitious; full-time dreamer. Runs the "Reel Life" page on Facebook.

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