Remo D’Souza, after delivering dance entertainers like ABCD 1 and 2, is back again with a dance film Street Dancer 3D, which is bigger and better in many respects.
The film stars Varun Dhawan as Sahej, the leader of Indian origin dance troop called Street Dancer and Shraddha Kapoor as Inayat, the leader of the Pakistani origin dance troop called Rule Breakers. The arch rivalry between these two dancing teams is established in the first minute of the film. From fighting over an India-Pakistan Cricket match to fighting over the ultimate dance battle Ground Zero, these arch rivals fight with unmatchable moves on grooving beats. Like one of the dialogues in the film by Shraddha where she says "we dance to express and not to impress", this film too tries to portray all its emotions through those eye grabbing moves.
Both Sahej and Inayat want to win the ultimate battle of dance for their respective causes, which is beyond dance. Who will ultimately succeed in achieving their goal or will their goals become one? Will Sahej and Inayat's path diverge for the sake of their passion and dreams? Or will their ultimate love for dance turn out as the reason for them to unite, this forms the climax.
This film is an absolute delight for dance lovers, where one can't blink their eyes from the electrifying dancing sequences all through the film. Remo D’Souza has successfully gathered some of India's best dancers along with trained international dance groups under the same roof, to create a visual magic through those 3D dance moves.
You name an International dance form and Remo D'Souza has got it in his dance drama. The spectacular dance performances will ensure all eyeballs remain glued to the screen throughout the screen time. Like the title of the film suggests, the film's core lies in its raw dance form, and it doesn't disappoint you with that.
The film is filled with songs and eye-catching moves that at times are loaded and excessive, but you still don't get bored of these grooving moves because they make your jaws drop with their execution. The catchy songs, most of which are remakes of hit numbers like Lahore and Muqabla, Garmi, Dua Karo and the finale song Mile Sur Mera Tumhara provide the right mood and beats to match the dazzling moves. The background score by Sachin-Jigar is also impressive and impactful in the narrative. The film has been shot against the beautiful locales of London and its grand dancing sets look glamorous and expensive.
No one could have 'choreographed this film' better than Remo and full credit to him for that, but I wish I could say the same about his direction. The film has a strong, emotional, moving message on illegal immigrants weaved in its narrative, which if delivered well with the right direction and emotional quotient, could have added another feather to this film's cap.
The film deserved a better edit which would trim the first half further to eliminate the drag and reduce the film by a good 15 to 20 mins. The dialogues are also disappointing and predictable with very few punches.
Whenever Varun Dhawan comes on screen he just lights it up. He is a real star and has a rare endearing effect with whatever he attempts, from comedy to emotional scenes to aggression in the rivalry. He is probably the only actor who when attempting to imitate a fake accent to irritate his rivals, doesn't sound annoying at all, but is rather hilarious and amusing. His hot and toned looks in the bare body shots adds to the big screen appeal, shining among the trained professional dancers with his amazing dance moves.
Though Varun's Sahej is a partially flawed character who goes through a massive redemption, you still root for him and can never hate him, largely owing to the actor's immense charm. On the other hand, Shraddha's Inayet given her background, could have been better drafted, as she doesn't have much to enact on screen beyond her killer moves. But it is Prabhudeva who steals the show with his unmatchable jaw-dropping dancing style, with which he truly proves he is the living dance legend of our country. The god of dancing, grooving onto the beats of hits like Muqabla will make you want to stand and dance in the aisles.
The finale will remind you of the climax from the first and second instalment, but with a stupendous dance act that will not let you blink your eye lids.
Street Dancer 3D is not a story-driven film and it never promised to be one, thus one can't walk into this film expecting to be moved by its story, but you will certainly be moved by those killer dancing skills. One cannot forget that the primary characters around the leads are real-life dancers, contributing their bit when it comes to the spectacular staging on screen. It also has a solid cameo by Aparshakti Khurrana adding magic on the silver screen with his performance.
Street Danced 3D is a true-blue massy entertainer, which is a perfect weekend watch for all Hindi Cinema lovers, who love dance, music, glossy locales and entertainment. So give this film a watch if you are one of them.