Monday, June 10, 2013

ABCD - Movie Review

I like Remo D Souza as a director. He tells simple stories and simply. He has one clear hook that guides the movie and his characters are generally credible. Nothing too dramatic, too sad - alls well and that ends well kind of movies. I see a good future ahead for him as a director. He is responsible, thoughtful, gives a lot of youngsters chances and makes movies that are entertaining and meaningful as well.

ABCD (Any Body Can Dance) is a dance based movie and one wonders why anyone did not come up with any good dance based movie yet. Actually I am glad they did not because you can leave it to the safe hands of Remo and his magnificent bunch of choreographers and dancers like Salman, Dharmesh, Punit and others. And playing key roles are Prabhu Deva and Ganesh Acharya who play choreographers. No one can tell their story better than these choreographers and they dance away all their frustration, hope and joy in every frame. The choreography is of the highest standard and is breathtaking.

Prabhu Deva as Vishnu sir and Ganesh Acharya as his funny friend, the rival groups of dancers from the slum, all trying to express themselves and their desire to win a major dance competition becomes the central theme of the story. Vishnu has his adversary, the commercial minded Jehangir played brilliantly by Kay Kay Menon. I thought all the choreographers did a good job of acting with Punit playing the drug addict role especially well.

I loved the line 'Don't try to impress, express' to which I dedicated an entire blog. And also that bit about trust issues. Remo tells what he has learned through his art well without resorting to any gimmicks. He knows the dangers of trying to 'impress'. Chal bhai jo sikha uspe dhyan de!

Good show. Honest stuff. I liked it. No reason why anyone won't like it.

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