Are you amongst those who are glued to your seats while dance reality shows are on your television sets? If yes, then the makers of ‘Any Body Can Dance’ (ABCD) have put up an extravaganza worth your while in the theatres and even if you're not so much the enthusiast, you’ll be entertained.
What’s it about?
Dance Dil Se is a coveted dance reality show and former winners, Jahangir Dance Company, are strong contenders for the title this time around too. The company is owned by Jahangir Khan (Kay Kay Menon) and dancers are trained by choreographer Vishnu (Prabhudheva) but this rock solid association faces a roadblock when a new French choreographer takes over and Vishnu gets sidelined. As Vishnu leans on his friend Gopi’s (Ganesh Acharya) shoulders for emotional support, he spots notorious slum kids, that include D (Dharmesh Yelande), Rocky (Salman Khan) and their gang, who possess remarkable dancing talent. How Vishnu 'Sir' transforms the underdogs into champions forms the rest of the narrative.
A predictable story is infused with oodles of entertainment value thanks to the spectacular dance performances. A rain-dance sequence throws up some of the best moves from the choreography department and the climax dance sequence gets a definite nod of approval from us too. From popping & locking, robotic dancing to the more popular Bollywood-ishtyle routines, the film is sure to be lapped up by the likes who love movies from the 'Step Up' and 'StreetDance' series.
Prabhudheva delivers a decent performance with a lot of sincerity. While he tries to strike an emotional connect with the audiences, his funny dialogue delivery doesn't make you take him too seriously. Ganesh Acharya’s cheeky act gets on our nerves. As a helpful small-time choreographer, he doesn’t add much - neither in the acting department nor while dancing (especially considering that all his dancing shots are taken from waist up).
Among the dancers, who were all technically good, we managed to pick a favourite - Dharmesh. He stands out from the rest of the cast with his expressions and displays of extreme passion, even off the dance stage. While Salman’s character could have been given more depth, his girlfriend Ria (Lauren Gottlieb) was hardly exciting, proving that while all these people can dance, not every body can act! Kay Kay's performance seemed fake and over-the-top, and surprisingly, we rank the meek Prabhudheva higher in comparison.
Unlike the dance moves, the story is nothing new but Remo D’Souza’s powerful choreography is breathtaking and that makes us ignore the flaws (like the barely needed 3D effects). Especially whistle-worthy is Prabhudheva's solo performance at a club - which alone could well justify the price of a multiplex ticket and popcorn.
What to do?
Caution: Watching ‘Any Body Can Dance’ might make you want to get up and boogey in the aisles. It's paisa-vasool fun.
in.com rating- 3.5/5
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