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Critics review: ABCD is a must watch for dance lovers

Agencies   February 08, 2013
First Published: 13:58 IST(8/2/2013) | Last Updated: 14:28 IST(8/2/2013)

Film: ABCD – Any Body Can Dance 
Cast: Prabhudheva (last made a special appearance in Oh My God; 2012) and Kay Kay Menon (last seen in Chaalis Chauraasi; 2012) 
Director: Remo D’Souza (last directed Faltu, 2011)
Producer: Ronnie Screwvala, Siddharth Roy Kapur
Music: Sachin-Jigar
Plot: A choreographer parts ways with the company that trained him. Gets back in touch with his dance roots and is reinvigorated by the local talent he spots in a bunch of young dancers.

Taran Adarsh, Bollywood Hungama
Bollywood doesn't have the tradition of making out-and-out dance-based movies, like Hollywood does with amazing regularity. At a point of time, B. Subhash did attempt a film or two starring Mithun Chakraborty (Disco Dancer, Dance Dance). Also Nache Mayuri, featuring Sudha Chandran. But ABCD - Any Body Can Dance is the first of its kind that's set against the backdrop of a dance competition.
Does it ring a bell? Does it borrow from the Step Up series? Perhaps, Remo may be motivated by the Hollywood film franchise, but he Indianizes it well enough, garnishing it with emotions that we can identify with and of course, choosing some of the best dancers for pivotal parts, besides casting Prabhu Dheva and Ganesh Acharya. Plus, this one's in 3D.
Of course, there are hiccups (more on that later), but the triumph of the underdog, if attempted with conviction, seldom fails. And  ABCD – Any Body Can Dance does have its share of moments that work!  ABCD – Any Body Can Dance's biggest strength lies in the variety of dances that Remo presents to the spectators. Where the film falters is in its skeletal plotline, although writer Tushar Hiranandani comes up with several knockout sequences. But there's no denying that the screenwriting deviates into the conventional and foreseeable zone in the second hour. The curse of the second half [most films run out of steam in the post-interval portions] looms large here too, as Remo resorts to clichés to carry the story forward. Besides, the film is stretched by at least 15/20 minutes. Thankfully, the narrative gathers steam once again towards the closing portions and the dance competition in the finale is simply breathtaking.
Prabhu Dheva returns to the acting arena after a hiatus. Regarded as the dance legend by many, Prabhu is, expectedly, incomparable in dances, but the good news is that he handles the dramatic scenes well too. It's all the more significant since he's pitted against no less than Kay Kay Menon, a tremendous talent. Kay Kay is, as always, natural to the core, essaying his part with flourish. Ganesh Acharya is a revelation. He's efficient in a significant role. The film introduces several new talents on the big screen, but Dharmesh, Salman and Punit Pathak catch your eye the most. Lauren Gottlieb is alright.
On the whole, ABCD - Any Body Can Dance has some incredible, eye-popping dances as its soul. While the template may be conventional -- the triumph of the underdog -- the film has its share of moments that stay with you, especially the concluding portions of the film. Decent watch!
Rating: ***

Deboshree Ghosh, Bollywoodlife.com
In Remo D’Souza’s Any Body Can Dance, Kay Kay Menon (Jehangir) is an image conscious entrepreneur who owns a la-di-da dance class every rich slicker would want to enroll in. He steps into the shoes of a wannabe attention-seeker amazingly, and keeps himself and his classes in the media eye with great dexterity.From sporting spikes to wearing light-blue lens, he teams disastrous style statements with a goatee – in spite of all this, Menon hands down is the most fabulous performer in the whole film. The way he says ‘we dance to impress’ to his students, in a very sinister way, makes us loathe him. KK…take a bow!
What went wrong: The fact that the script is so clichéd, and honestly we would have overlooked all that if the acting, if not decent, was less filmi. A concept that’s done to death in Hollywood is churned out with a desi touch to it. Apologies to Prabhdeva fans- but his thespian skills aren’t as good as his booty shaking talents."
Who impresses: Lauren Gottlieb – a firang babe with oodles of talent, great face, good acting, amazing dancer- what else do you want? KK, as we aforementioned, is a powerhouse actor, and you can’t take your eyes off his villainous acts. Punit Pathak impresses as a junkie and this guy if honed, he is capable of becoming the next Bollywood stud. The last dance finale act in the film is superb. If it doesn’t give you goosebumps, we will change our name (kidding, we won’t). Saroj Khan shaking a leg in the end with director Remo D’Souza, Prabhudeva and Ganesh Acharya is a surprise package which we relish- even though for a couple of seconds.
Rating: **1/2

Newstrackindia.com
The story of ABCD is simple and predictable but it's not the USP. Dance moves in the film, especially by Kay Kay Menon, Prabhu Deva, Dharmesh and others are the things to watch for. Whole film moves around dance moves whether it is happiness or sadness or anger.
Dance moves are perfect and Remo D'Souza who is making a debut as a director with the film has perfectly made his every actor or dancer work. Kay Kar Menon steals the show. He is a perfect villain with his sinister style and superb dancing.
Verdict: The film is worth a one time watch for people who love dancing.

Indiatvnews
If there is a will there is a way. If you have passion for something nothing can stop you to achieve it. Remo D’Souza’s  ABCD is not just about the basics of dancing but about living your passion and living for passion.Vishnu (Prabhu Deva) is lowered down in profile he works at the dance academy of Jehangir (Kay Kay Menon) for questioning his unwise mode of training students for one of the biggest competition.
You have some bad moments to get disappointed with like wrapped script which is too predictable while the acts of none of the actors are convincing. Prabhu’s Muqabala is reinvented but his bones doesn’t hit hard this time while is Hindi irritates you. But above all it’s a sheer dancing which speaks more in volumes with the climax enthralls you. It was Remo’s commitment to Salman Yusuf Khan in the dancing reality show ‘Dance India Dance’ to include him in one of his venture and he stands to it.
Salman is usual in his dancing skills keeping aside his act. Ganesh Achcarya is undoubtedly the master in dance but he overacts a lot in the flick. Prabhu Deva suffers in his hindi dialect else he is a good trainer. Hollywood's reality show Anybody can dance winner Lauren Gottlieb is unsurprisingly full of talent. She acts well and is undeniably an amazing dancer.
KK Menon is indeed the most admirable actor in the flick. He shines is his villainous act. Music by compser duo Sachin-Jigar is convincing in flick. Mostly songs are situational but won’t be remembered once you leave you seat expect ‘Bezubaan’ track. It’s a treat for dance lovers while the acts and script will let you down. The 3D effect is beautifully gelled making you feel to be one amongst those dancers.
Rating: **1/2

Malvika Rao, BookmyShow
Dancer or no dancer, you are going to be entertained. Concepts have been shamelessly lifted from most of the foreign dance films. The usual underdog story but beautifully adapted to suit an Indian audience- both with story and dance forms. A seamless blend of dance picked up from the streets of Mumbai and the rehearsal halls of the west. There are so many awe inspiring pieces in the movie; it is difficult to pick a favorite. The best ones include the climax piece.
If you are part of the public that is anyway hooked on to the dance reality shows on TV, this is like a Diwali bonus. For the rest, it is still great entertainment. Verdict: Awe inspiring dance with a dose of emotion & drama.
Rating: ***

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