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ABCD - Any Body Can Dance

Release Date : 08 February 2013
Year : 2013
Banner : UTV Motion Pictures
Producer : Siddharth Roy Kapur , Ronnie Screwvala
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Genre : Dance
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For Vishnu (Prabhudheva), widely regarded as India's best dancer, dance is more than a passion - it's the reason he lives! So when he finds himself thrown out from the swish dance academy he himself set up, by his manipulative business partner, it feels like the oxygen has been sucked out from the air he breathes. Heart-broken, Vishnu decides to give up dance and leave Mumbai forever. However the night before his departure he witnesses a most amazing sight - a group of dancers preparing for the upcoming Ganpati Dance Battle - an annual festival that pits Mumbai's best dance groups against each other. Watching the raw talent of these amazing dancers helps Vishnu arrive at a decision - he will take this disparate group under his wing, help them overcome their personal rivalries and past demons and turn them into India's best dance squad!
 
From India's biggest film studio, UTV Motion Pictures, and renowned choreographer & director, Remo D'souza comes India's first dance film in 3D - a spectacular entertainer that proves yet again that if you dare to dream, impossible is nothing!

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A 'Dhamaal' Dance Flick!

By MovieTalkies.com, 07 February 2013 3 / 5

Any Body Can Dance Movie Review-In Short: An underdog dance troupe takes on an established dance company with a plan to win a nation-wide dance competition.
 
Any Body Can Dance Movie Review-Verdict: Though the film is full of cliches that might remind you of movies like Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikandar and Chak De India, ABCD is in a class of its own purely because of the dance sequences…
 
Any Body Can Dance Movie Review-Story Plot: Jehangir Khan (Kay Kay Menon) runs the high-falutin Jehangir Dance Company, which is famous for winning every dance competition by hook or crook. When Jehangir brings in a 'firang' choreographer to train his students, his best friend and the dance guru Vishnu (Prabhu Deva) quits in disgust following a tiff with Jehangir.
 
Staying with old friend Gopi (Ganesh Acharya) in a Dongri slum, Vishnu decides to go back to his native place Chennai when he comes across two gangs of youths, headed by Rocky (Salman Yusuff Khan) and D (Dharmesh Yelande) in the locality, who seem at loggerheads with each other all the time, but are great when it comes to dancing. Deciding to create his own dance troupe, Vishnu takes the two groups under his wing and decides to take on Jehangir and win the 'Dance Dil Se' competition.
 
Any Body Can Dance Movie Review-Performance/Choreography: Kay Kay Menon as Jehangir is the only actor in the movie, who has not danced, but he more than makes up for it with his intense performance. As for the rest of the cast, don't waste your time trying to look at their performance-not that they have done a bad job, but their dance sequences are so breath-takingly beautiful that a viewer's entire focus would be on the way they burn up the dance floor. Salman, Dharmesh and the rest may be good, but it is Prabhu Deva, who shows who is the real master (watch out for that one sequence when an angry Prabhu takes off his coat, rolls up his sleeves (metaphorically speaking) and shows the young pups a thing or two about shaking a leg).
 
Any Body Can Dance Movie Review-Direction: Like mentioned earlier, the film is full of clichés…so you have two rivals vying for the attention of a girl, lack of unity within the team, which affects their performance initially, a traitor who betrays the band of brothers and the underdogs, who take on the established champions. However, all said and done, the movie is about dance and that will blow your mind!
 
Any Body Can Dance Movie Review-Music: The music ranges from funky to traditional to touching to rock fusion…guaranteed to win your heart.
 
Any Body Can Dance Movie Review-Final Word: If watching a great dance sequence warms your heart, ABCD is the movie to watch!

Let's Get Grooving

By Reflections, MovieTalkies.com, 04 February 2013 4 / 5

ABCD, directed by choreographer Remo D’Souza, is the first Indian dance film to be released in 3D. Produced by UTV, the film stars Prabhu Deva in a key role. The music is by Sachin-Jigar and the lyrics are by Mayur Puri. This being a dance based film, the expectation is that the album will have rocking tunes combined with peppy lyrics and the album delivers on both counts.
 
The album opens with a devotional number Shambhu sutaya. Shankar Mahadevan’s rendition is energetic and he is ably supported by Vishal Dadlani. The superb cocktail of devotion and pace makes this song the perfect opening track for this album. This song reminds the listener of another very good devotional song Deva Shree Ganesha from Agneepath.
 
This is followed by Bezubaan. Just one word to describe this number - AWESOME. The amalgamation of Western & Indian beats (including some thumping dance beats towards the end) makes this song the pick of the album. The song starts off on a slow tempo with Mohit Chauhan’s captivating vocals hooking the listener instantly from the word go and gradually builds up to a energetic mukhda with  Priya Panchal (earlier heard in films like Tere Naal Love Ho Gaya & F.A.L.T.U) joining the party. The mukhda segues to Western beats which seems to have been inspired slightly by Wannabe (Spice Girls). Next, it is Mohit’s turn to take over, what with the song returning to the haunting slow tempo which, in turn, is followed by the racy dance beats providing the perfect end to the song. This one is a winner all the way.
Next in line is Psycho Re, the “item” song of the album. The song brings four of India’s finest choreographers together for the first time on the silver screen – Prabhudeva, Remo D’ Souza, Ganesh Acharya & Saroj Khan. Since this film stars Prabhu Deva, it is a given that there will be a South Indian influence in the album. But it is indeed a pleasant surprise to hear the Tamil folk music based Dappan koothu put to such good use. Udit Narayan and Mika Singh also join in to make this song a surefire chartbuster.
 
Mann Basiyo Saawariyo is next on line and you are hooked almost immediately. Anushka Manchanda dazzles in this rock fusion track almost tailor-made for her voice. Excellent!
 
Up next is Chandu Ki Girlfriend .This is a fun track with no pretenses whatsoever of delivering anything other than some timepass and it does just that with a host of singers including Raman Mahadevan, Jigar Saraiya, Divya Pushkarna, Sagar Kendurkar and Madhav Krishna having fun at the mike. On the downside though, this one just does not measure up to the high standards that we have come to expect from this album.
 
Just when we feel slightly letdown by Chandu Ki Girlfriend, up comes Duhaai which reinforces our belief that this album will be among the best of 2013, if not the best. Just like Bezubaan, this song too starts on a slow note and transitions beautifully into a scintillating rock number. Madhav Krishna does an amazing rendition of this song and is surely a singer to watch out for.
 
Sorry Sorry is an extremely quirky number with entertaining lyrics like “I come near, near, near, You go far, far, far “. It sure is an average song but the peppy lyrics coupled with the spirited rendition by Jigar Saraiya make it a fun song to listen to.
 
Kar Ja Re Ya Mar Ja Re seems more like an motivational song on the lines of Chale Chalo  from Lagaan. Whereas Chale Chalo emphasized on the “Yes, We Can” attitude, this number emphasizes on the “Do or Die” attitude. The number endearingly enough starts off with a child’s laughter followed by an instrumentation of the “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star” lullaby which seamlessly progresses to hard rock, as has been the case of majority of the songs in this album. The music seems to be given more prominence in this short track with the vocals by Suraj Jagan appearing as late as the 70th second of the 150 second track. But that is more than enough for the listener to get hooked onto this number.
 
The final track is again a surprise from Sachin-Jigar in the form of Sadda Dil Vi Tu which is a Punjabi rap styled devotional song sung by Hard Kaur. Unconventional, yet apt, is how we can describe the presence of rapper Hard Kaur in this devotional rap song. In fact, if not for the presence of words like Ganpati Bappa Moriya and Shlokas like Guru Brahma, Guru Vishnu towards the end of the song, this track could have easily been mistaken for yet another Punjabi Rap song (a genre which Hard Kaur is famous for).The success of this song lies in the fact that not only does it sound like a devotional song, the presence of rap makes it dance worthy – an underlying need for a movie based on dance.
 
Overall, ABCD has a superlative album with daring, original and unconventional music which is the biggest asset in a dance based movie such as this. Kudos to Sachin-Jigar for having the guts to come out with such radical and out-of the-box compositions in multiple genres, especially when the current trend is to play it safe.

 

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ABCD: Anybody Can Dance is a dance film directed and choreographed by choreographer Remo D'Souza and produced by Siddharth Roy Kapur and Ronnie Screwvala.The film stars Prabhu Deva and Ganesh Acharya in key roles. The participants of Dance India Dance also appear. Along with the Tamil and Telugu dubbed versions titled Aadalam Boys Chinnatha Dance and ABCD. It is inspired from Step Up 2:The Streets

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