Saturday, 20 June 2015
Bottom line : An unforgivably long and tiring film which rides solely on the back of its elaborately choreographed dance sequences accompanied by uninspired and amateurish film-making. So while the body movements are a treat to watch ( amplified by 3D), the same can't be said about the acting muscles.
Review: Given the fact that director Remo De Souza was at the helm of torturous films like F.A.L.T.U and ABCD, one would not go in for ABCD 2 expecting subtlety of any kind, either in direction or acting. The audience has a fair idea of what's in store for them. But the question that begs to be asked is for how long can one enjoy dance sans an engaging plot or even mediocre acting. What is inflicted on us is, instead, a Chak De India-ish plot ( though it would be a crime to take both names in the same breath), laughable dialogue and over-the-top drama. It takes special kind of talent to make the usually dependable Varun Dhawan appear foolish with the same expression borne on his face throughout the film. Known to have an infectious energy on screen, Varun instead appears infected, not least because of the indifference on part of the director.
Frankly speaking, there is merit to be found even amidst such ludicrosity. At least 3 dance pieces are brilliantly choreographed, including the opening sequence and the "Bezubaan Phir Se" song. Shraddha Kapoor pleasantly surprises with her hidden dancing talent and she's particularly amazing in 'Sun Saathiya' song. All dancers display an élan on stage that's hard to miss and that's the only reason why ABCD 2 is not completely unwatchable. Sachin-Jigar have come up with a pretty hummable score that's way better than the previous film. ( The makers have shown us some mercy in doing away with a role for the pesky, rotund Ganesh Acharya ).
I'm going with 2/5 and an average rating, at best, for ABCD 2. If you're a die-hard fan of hip-hop, you may give it a try. For others, Stay Away!