There has been an unusual buzz around Hindi ABCD’s dubbed Tamil version Aadalam Boys Chinnatha Dance, ever since UTV started marketing it as India’s first ever 3D dance film in which Prabhu Deva was playing the lead.
And it must be said that the director and choreographer Remo D’souza has delivered the goods despite the fact that the film takes inspiration from many Hollywood dance movies (Step Up) and is predictable.
The film has a very thin plot, and one can say that it is a simple variation of yet another under dog’s story. A super talented but naïve dance trainer Vishnu (Prabhu Deva) is kicked out of his own dance company that he helped create for his friend, Jahangir (Kay Kay Menon), only to form another dance crew and win a popular competition on television.
How Vishnu, against all odds creates a new dance company along with his buddy Gopi (Ganesh Acharya) with the help of ordinary street dancers and triumphs in the end forms the rest of the story.
The script incorporates a number of regular elements like loyalty, betrayal, love, jealousy and compassion, and all clichés that we have seen in a number of ‘street dance’ movies. But, let us be fair. The makers never claimed they had made an original film. What was expected of them was to showcase well-choreographed dance set pieces, and they have delivered on their promise.
Remo D’souza has made sure the film has ample dance set pieces, and boy, he has shown the world that he can choreograph. The world he has created within the film is largely believable except for some annoyingly stereotyped characters like that of a Muslim butcher who is annoyed with his own son because he is passionate about dancing!
The director must thank the multi-talented Prabhu Deva, who saves the film despite being populated by actors who are inconsistent throughout. This must have something to do with the fact that all of the characters in this film, except that of Kay Kay Menon’s, are played by professional dancers.
ABCD is filled with scenes where fantastic dancers showcase different styles. We get to see hip-hop, street, ballet-inspired Bollywood and our very own Indian festival dance. That famous choreographer Ganesh Acharya who plays the role of Gopi, a local choreographer and a friend of Vishnu, got to utter more dialogues than show off dance moves, was a little disappointing.
The background score by Sachin-Jigar borders mostly on mediocrity for a script that relies heavily on music. On the whole, ABCD has nothing that you haven’t seen before in a dance film or even in a commercial Indian film. The 3D effects are not worth it and does not fit in with the story.
Despite the fact that you might find resemblances to multiple movies of the same genre, director Remo D’souza must be congratulated on making an ‘Indian’ dance film, which keeps its promise of a film packed with scintillating dance performances.
Verdict – Run of the mill dance festival