My review of ABCD (Anybody Can Dance)
, two years ago, echoed the words of the director, Remo D'Souza, whenever he is in awe of a performance... 'This is it'. After watching ABCD 2, I want to ask Remo Sir, 'What is this'?
In the earlier edition, there was a wonderful story looped between the breathtaking choreography. Here we have a lame story which hobbles to steady itself in the first 30 minutes. When it does, it hobbles again before you are almost willing the film to come to an end.
There are many unnecessary dance sequences between scenes which add no value to the already non-existent story-line; those 30 minutes clipped off could have made a difference. Neither do they have that 'WOW' factor. At times, you feel you are watching three episodes of Jhalak Dikhla Ja
At a Mumbai dance competition, a team which is performing in the final is humiliated and eliminated after their performance as they have copied an entire dance sequence from a Filipino group, which they idolize. They are branded as cheats. One of them, who is a pizza delivery boy, is not paid for pizzas because a fatso who has ordered it takes delight in calling him a cheat.
Another girl, Vinnie (Shraddha Kapoor) is taunted at a parlour (where she works as a hair-dresser) when a customer asks her to copy Katrina Kaif's hairstyle, before adding, "You guys are good at copying." The waiter in a bar, Suresh (Varun Dhawan) too is not spared his share of taunts.
They now decide to hit big time, by participating in a Hip Hop show in Las Vegas. They want to represent India. They stumble upon a drunk, Vishnu (Prabhu Deva), who in a tame sequence, agrees to be their dance guru after insulting them. There is also a deaf and mute lad who joins the team. Incidentally, he is their best dancer. For the record, this actor acted as a drug addict in ABCD and came up with a stunning performance.
The end tries to stir up a feeling of patriotism within you as they dance to a track titled Vande Mataram
If you ask me, the performances are not a patch on the earlier movie; they are patchy, not fluid. Moreover, you lose the grip on the movie within the first 30 minutes after you realize that there is no plot to take it further. It's just a push and shove scenario, hoping to get lucky.
The last dialogue where Suresh says, "Ma kehti hai, agle kadam par dhyan rakhna,"
was very close to SHOLAY. Remember the line, "Soja bete nahi toh Gabbar aa jayega."
With lines like these how can you expect Varun Dhawan to act?
Nevertheless, for dance freaks, this could prove to be a good outing.