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ABCD - Any Body Can Dance Movie Review
ABCD-ANY BODY CAN DANCE Movie Review: Rock On with ABCD!
Kay Kay Menon, Salman Yusuf Khan, Lauren Gottlieb, Prince Gupta, Dharmesh Yelande, Mayuresh Wadkar, Vrushali Chavan, Ganesh Acharya
February 8, 2013 06:24:32 PM IST Updated on, February 9, 2013 09:51:32 AM IST By Martin D'Souza, Glamsham Editorial
To let the fate of a film hang on the talent of just dance alone takes humungous belief in self. Truly, impossible is nothing... if you dare to dream.
Just one seasoned actor in Kay Kay Menon and choreographer-cum-director Remo D'Souza dishes out a spectacle so grand, that you are compelled to echo the words of the man himself whenever he has been overawed by a dance performance.
ABCD (Any Body Can Dance) is, to put it plainly, AWESOME.
The young cast, all dancers, display such seasoned emotion in the execution of their roles that one can easily say Any Body Can Act. And that is a huge compliment for this hitherto unknown bunch of dancer/actors who set the stage on fire... literally! Even the two famous faces of choreographers Prabhudheva and Ganesh Acharya come up with a stellar performance. Known for his dancing skills, Prabhudheva gets a broader canvass to showcase his acting prowess as well. Ditto for Ganesh Acharya!
The choreography of every dance sequence is breathtaking and Remo has had the unenviable task of looping in a story within dances. Not a flaw in the script, as the story moves on from frame 'one', to the spectacular finale.
Hang on; there is a flaw, and a huge one at that. A team has to change props and their performance at the last minute. However, within 10 minutes they are ready with a track. But you are willing to let go of this cinematic liberty as the film climaxes.
The music, choreography, dancing, dancers and execution of the entire film are WOW!
It's a simple story. Vishnu (Prabhudheva) and his business partner Jehangir (Kay Kay Menon) part ways in a bitter manner. Vishnu is not comfortable in the manner in which his friend is handling the dance academy that has been set up by them. He is humiliated in front of his students as Kay Kay hires a firang choreographer to replace Vishnu, who is asked to manage Administration. ''I only know how to dance,'' Vishnu tells his friend and walks away.
His friend Gopi (Ganesh Acharya) stops him from leaving Mumbai for Chennai. Vishnu chances on a group of boys, and tames them with his training. Within the group, there is a rivalry between the leaders. Remo also brings in the love angle and a dose of tragedy to make this an appetizing dish that will have you wipe your mouth with the back of your wrist.
It's easy to go overboard when you are in love with a subject, but Remo keeps his motives clear, and the film brisk. Editor Manan Sagar 'cuts' and 'fits' to give you the thrills and a perfect flow in the narration.
Only a dance enthusiast could have come up with a film so spectacular and heart-warming.