Actress: Shraddha Kapoor
Director: Remo D'Souza
Release Date: 19th June, 2015
Cast: Varun Dhawan, Shraddha Kapoor, Prabhudheva
Director: Remo D’Souza
Producer: Siddharth Roy Kapur
Plot: After bringing to the audiences India’s first 3D Dance Film; ABCD Any Body Can Dance, Disney India and ace Choreographer turned Director Remo D’Souza are back with its spectacular sequel, ABCD 2. The second chapter promises to be even bigger in scale with current heartthrobs Varun Dhawan and Shraddha Kapoor in the lead and the inimitable dancing Star Prabhudheva reprising his role of Vishnu Sir.
The story traces the journey of an Indian dance troupe, a motley assortment of boys and girls who come from the backstreets of a Mumbai suburb; their rise to fame, sudden downfall and then their heroic attempt to seek vindication by regaining their lost glory and pride. Will they be able to achieve success at the biggest International platform? Will they make their beloved Vishnu Sir proud, who is himself struggling with his not so perfect past?
ABCD 2 is a grand 3D Dance Film which travels to the vibrant city of Las Vegas and is a bittersweet journey of love, friendship, betrayal, honor and redemption.
Rating: 3.5/5 Stars (Three and half stars)
Star Cast: Varun Dhawan, Shraddha Kapoor, Prabhudheva
Director: Remo D’Souza
What’s Good: ABCD 2 is a complete entertainer filled with delightful dance performances. Undoubtedly, India’s best attempt at making a wholesome dance film. Every dancer in the crew is pitch perfect and Remo D’Souza deserves a ‘This Is It’.
What’s Bad: Whilst Remo makes sure there is nothing missing on the dance front, the plot takes a backseat. In terms of story, the screenplay is mediocre. Also the overstretched run time is a downer for a 3D film.
Loo break: Interval would suffice!
Watch or Not?: It will make-up for a decent one-time watch and so for weekend cine goers, this will be a good choice. There is drama, emotion, patriotism, love and most important of all – Dance!
Suresh (Varun Dhawan) and Vinnie (Shraddha Kapoor) are a part of the dance crew Mumbai Stunners and are participants of a dance show named Hum Kisi Se Kam Nahi. In one of the qualifying rounds in the show, the crew gets disqualified from the show for performing a routine that is copied from a Philippines dance crew. Soon they are quoted as ‘cheaters’ and everyone from Mumbai Stunners bears the brunt of this mistake in their personal lives as the people they are concerned to often tag them as ‘cheats’.
Ashamed by the insults that he hears from people and the inner guilt of cheating his mother’s teachings, Suresh finds a new goal and wants to wash off his image by participating in the World Hip Hop competition at Las Vegas.
Since Vinnie is in love with Suresh, it takes no time for her to hop on to his Vegas dream and together they manage to convince the other dancers too. In a not-so-chance meeting, Suresh meets Vishnu (Prabhu Deva), an alcoholic, who is a brilliant dancer. Convinced that only he is fit to be their choreographer, Suresh and his team take a long time to persuade Vishnu to help them and eventually succeed.
Thus, Vishnu stands by them and impressively trains this dance crew which is now named as India Stunners. While the team gets selected to go to Vegas, there is something fishy about Vishnu’s behavior and some ulterior motives are yet to be discovered.
What lies ahead is the crew’s journey in Vegas and Vishnu’s untold secret. What is Vishnu hiding and will India Stunners win the dance show is what the film holds ahead.
ABCD – Any Body Can Dance – 2 Review: Script Analysis
We often come across Bollywood films with botched up plots and while some have no definitive value at all, Remo D’Souza’s ABCD 2 is on the face from its start. This is a pure dance film and hence expecting it to excel on the plot level could be acting like a demanding girlfriend who is not satisfied with one gift. The good part is that the plot is in no way pretentious and hence it is honestly served as the cliched underdog story.
At one point, you realize it is like Chak De and this time it is not the coach who is trying to prove his innocence and turn his bronze medal to gold. Other than a love story that thankfully does not take center stage, there is an attempt to add a twist in the story through Vishnu’s character which could have been avoided. Remo tries his best to include other dramatic occurrences but the mainstay of the film remains dance. While Bollywood is comparatively new to the genre of dance films, several films from the west too have lost their balance when it comes to the story but stood solely on dance. Same is the case with ABCD 2.
ABCD – Any Body Can Dance – 2 Review: Star Performances
Varun Dhawan is here to stay. With every film he is growing immensely and ABCD 2 is yet another feather to his cap. He plays Suresh’s character with full power and is a treat to watch as he dances. His solo act in Chunar is completely mesmerizing, he is truly the next Shahid Kapoor of dance.
Shraddha Kapoor is like the ‘feel good’ package in the film. She surprises us with her dance moves but gets overshadowed by the other brilliant dancers in the film. She fits Vinnie’s role quite well and her chemistry with Varun looks naturally charming. Shraddha does not wow us with her dance but does manage to leave a mark.
Prabhu Deva is at his dancing best. One cannot hold back and has to whistle at the ‘Happy Hour’ dance. Apart from the dancing, his act as drunk Vishnu is good.
Dharmesh Yelande, Lauren Gottlieb, Raghav Juyal, Puneet Pathak shine in their supporting roles. The DID heroes are brilliant.
Pooja Batra and Tisca Chopra make their glamorous cameos in the film.
You also get Kapil Sharma and Navjot Singh Sidhu add some Television moments in the film.