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Let’s Dance Movie Review

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Following the triumphant box-office formula of Hollywood's blockbuster dancing flicks like FLASHDANCE (1983), FOOTLOOSE (1984) and DIRTY DANCING (1987), Advait Entertainment Pvt. Ltd takes an artistically audacious step by plunging out with different breed of entertainment in LET'S DANCE. So what do we expect from it! Motivationally resounding theme, outstanding choreography, breathtaking music and gifted performances! Indeed, experimentation is the mantra of modern cinema and we have a pleasant surprise waiting in the form of new starlet Gayatri Patel, a dancing wonder to lead the show. Editor-turned-director Aarif Sheikh promises spectacular on-screen amusement for all where array of leading choreographers (Saroj Khan, Longinus Fernandes, Pappu-Malu and Rajeev Goswami) makes their hitherto effort in making it a grand visual spectacle. After promising ALOO CHAAT, Vipin Mishra gets major opportunity in ushering out an album that is thematically inclined to the musical ethics of dancing. National Award winner Tarali Sharma shows her prowess in the background score and together they try to create a musical bonanza. The soundtracks work comprehensively on all major trendy dancing forms b-boying (hip-hop dancing), popping (type of street dance), house dance and set of acrobatically perfect floor dances) with dash of romanticism in it. So let's get started to feel the heat of the music…!

Rollicking and hot-headed with enormous passion, the title track ''Let's Dance'' brings 80's rock/pop fervor in volatile and belligerent crooner style of singing by Sunidhi Chauhan. Vipin Mishra makes penchant pop moves by inducing electronic rhythmic elements, catchy 80's stylized disco hooks and inspiring chorus that rhythmically connects with the verses (Prateek Bharadwaj's lyrics) of the track. This is an overwhelming choreographer's song where acrobatic floor dancing moves with the rhythmic beat sets the mood of awe-inspiring dancing night. Sunidhi's snazzy pop vocals bring memories of Nazia Hassan's 80's singing with peculiar sounding Kirti Sagathia giving it a theatrical ending. ''Let's Dance (remix)'' by DJ Kunaal Sharma has that extra drum-beat that comes in recurring flows in loud DJ spins and claps. It's a ferocious maneuver on the floors with disco-beat culture that strikes flashing all the way with throbbing drumming and electronic sounds. Rocking!!!

Sunidhi gets into svelte tones and sweetly emotes out optimistically romantic song exults about dreams and stars in shimmering sounding ''Taare Todh Ke La''. The tempo is sluggish and the tender rhythmical patterns are synchronized with the choreographically swift moves with numerous sounds adding to the funk of the song. Vipin Mishra makes affable vocal efforts in middle interludes with Marianne and Joy emceeing up the proceedings. Ashish Khazanchi's wordings have that freshness and innocence that enamors with ''cool'' singing in mild tones. Overall it leaves out a gentle romantic impression that stays out in mind till the last beat.

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Atrociously loud drum-beat dancing commotion returns with bang and again it's Sunidhi Chauhan racing up her gruffly boisterous voice in hot-tempered ''Sansanati''. The number had the feel of togetherness of dancers rejoicing in the middle and feeling the hot breeze of hip-shaking thumping groove. ''Sansanati'' works sporadically as visual spectacle than listening delight and the collage of many electronic beats and rhythms makes it hot-shot for floors.

Kirti Sagathia gets into soul of leading vocalist along with Suzi Q sensuous serene singing in stereotypically conceived westernized love ballad ''Tumse Iqraar''. The solitary duet of the album works on ethics of conventional Hollywood romantic soundtracks where slow beat drum beat works in tandem with varied electronic sounds. Sagathia shows maximum promise in his gyrating and resonating voice that cast spells of romanticism in simplistically penned words.

Sugandha Garg who plays Anoushka, Suhani's roommate along with Nikunj Pandey, Asif Basra and Abhaas Yadav (the street boys) complete the cast. Sugandha was last seen in JAANE TU… and she carries off her good performance to this film as well.

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Highlights of the film: The subtle romance between Suhani and Neil; the bond between Suhani and the kids; her holding of principles against RJ and the other of his ilk who 'request' their pound of 'flesh'; and the well-choreographed dances and easy on the ears music.

Flaws: Believe me, you will not mind them, because what stands out is the sincerity with which the entire unit has worked as a team.

Jai ho! Or should I say, Rock On!!!

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LET'S DANCE has the understated romance of JAANE TU…, fleeting emotions of SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE and the mood of ROCK ON. If you have liked any of these movies (and I guess, you have), then you won't be disappointed with director Aarif Sheikh's effort which parades a host of newcomers. Of course, there are flaws but the whole feel of the movie compensates for it and you are willing to sit back and enjoy, and even tap your feet at times.

LET'S DANCE is not your big budget, over-hyped multi-starrer, which promises the moon and delivers zilch. It's about a bunch of committed newcomers who put it their all to bring out a sensitive, sensible subject putting their soul into what they are doing. And leading the pack is Gayatri Patel, who plays Suhani, a dance instructor with stars in her eyes. What immediately connects you with the leading lady who carries off the film superbly in her debut is her simplicity, honesty and naivety in which she pursues her dream of featuring in a music album directed by one of the hottest directors around (RJ) Rehan Jones, played by Aaquib Afzal. Her interest in street kids when she stumbles upon them dancing on the streets and her desire to get them off their 'on street danger' to something more meaningful in life, is something very real. Don't we all want to do something like this and are stuck because of lack of direction? Gayatri's character shows that all it needs is a sincere willingness and that anyone can help the marginalized.

The girl is a good dancer and acts with gusto. Nothing 'over-the-top'. Very, very impressive for a debut. When faced with the inevitable in the big bad world out there, she does not succumb, like shown in many movies, but stands up and punches back. Now this is what I like about the director. He has shown his leading lady with lots of spunk and self-belief. He has also surrounded her by an angel in the form of Neil Chaudhary played by Ajay Chaudhary. That's what life is, we all have God-sent angels but fail to recognize them and end up doing what we are not supposed to. Aarif Sheikh throws light on the fact. Full marks to him because the movie not only entertains, it also educates.

Sugandha Garg who plays Anoushka, Suhani's roommate along with Nikunj Pandey, Asif Basra and Abhaas Yadav (the street boys) complete the cast. Sugandha was last seen in JAANE TU… and she carries off her good performance to this film as well.

Highlights of the film: The subtle romance between Suhani and Neil; the bond between Suhani and the kids; her holding of principles against RJ and the other of his ilk who 'request' their pound of 'flesh'; and the well-choreographed dances and easy on the ears music.

Flaws: Believe me, you will not mind them, because what stands out is the sincerity with which the entire unit has worked as a team.

Jai ho! Or should I say, Rock On!!!

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