Producer Anjum Rizvi, who came up with that gem of a film, 'A Wednesday', last year, now comes with his next venture, 'Fast Forward', which has been directed by debutant Zaigham Ali Sayed. The film's USP is its brilliantly choreographed dance sequences. However, its story and screenplay stutter and falter in a number of places, and, hence, the film fails to engage its audience. Of course! The film has a lot going for it, specially the fact that it is one of those rare dance based movies to come out of Bollywood. The two young actors, Rehan Khan, Akshay Kapoor and newcomer Bhavna Pani impress with their dance prowess and do a fairly a good job where acting is concerned. But neither the actors, nor the dance sequences are able to make up for the lack of a good story and a cohesive screenplay. Like most Hindi films, 'Fast Forward' too stumbles on the very first building block,that is a good script. Hindi film audiences are always willing to take that leap of faith into irrational territory. In fact, they are quite used to it. But in recent times, one feels that the audience's patience is running thin and a faulty script has generally spelt doom for a movie. The problem with 'Fast Forward' is that the actions of its main protagonists are quite illogical and it's never quite explained why they do and what they do. But while there may be problems with the script, one has to say that there is a lot of energy and passion exhibited by all the young actors around on screen, especially in the dance scenes. In brief, the film's story is about two dancer friends, played by Akshay and Rehan, who dream of making it really big one day and even have a dance troupe of their own. Akshay's character is shown to be a bit of a heart breaker who gets drawn to his friend's sister, played by Bhavna, and ends up falling in love with her. In the course of his relationship with her, he discovers a passion for dance that she has kept secretly hidden in her heart. He draws her out and introduces her to the wonders of the world of dance. But in doing so, he runs up against his biggest opposition which comes from his friend himself. Rehan, who plays Akshay's friend, is absolutely against the relationship between Akshay and his sister and also against his sister taking to dancing. She unknowingly, rekindles some bad memories that he has of their mother. Of course! Everything is resolved at the end as he undergoes a change of heart. Given the limitations of the script, the two main protagonists, Rehan and Akshay have performed very well. However, Rehan is more impressive of the two. Newcomer Bhavna is just about okay. Veterans Vinod Khanna and Mahesh Manjrekar hardly have anything worthwhile to do and are quite wasted. The other youngsters Sabina Sheema and Siddharth Karnick also pitch in with decent performances. For a film, which is so youth based, one really feels let down by the script. There was so much more that the director could have done, so many new territories that he could have explored with a fresh prespective. Zaigham is unable to give proper direction to his vision and it shows in the movie. As for the film's music, composed by DJ Akbar Sami, one would have expected a few more thundering and catchy numbers. They don't do full justice to the dance sequences, hence nullifying some of the brilliant effect created by the choreographers, who incidentally deserve applause for their lovely moves.
'Fast Forward' is a sincere attempt by Zaigham. But it could have been a real absorbing movie if it had been executed more competently. The lovely dance moves, one feels, will not be enough to allow the film to make its presence felt at the box office. But then, not everyday is a 'Wednesday'!