ABCD 2 review: The beginning is the end for Varun Dhawan, Shraddha Kapoor’s film

ABCD 2 review: A dance movie needs to electrify. That’s missing in this Shraddha Kapoor, Varun Dhawan starrer.

Rating: 1.5 out of 5
Written by Shubhra Gupta | New Delhi | Updated: June 20, 2015 5:51 pm
ABCD 2 review, ABCD 2, ABCD 2 movie review, Shraddha Kapoor, Varun Dhawan, Any Body Can Dance 2, Any Body Can Dance ABCD 2 review: The sequel has gone starry, with Varun Dhawan and Shraddha Kapoor: Dhawan is earnest and the slightly better dancer (his dancing skills have been evident in his previous outings) ; Shraddha Kapoor is beautifully toned and lissome and manages to execute a few steps well enough.

Quite soon into the film, Prabhudeva’s character says : ‘should I show or tell’? In a dance movie, is that even a question?

As it turns out, the showing perks up ‘ABCD 2’. A little. When Prabhudeva is on the floor, there is a snap and pop, even though his moves are familiar. A couple of numbers do crackle. There are two dancers in here who are amazing. But the rest of them, and their sequences, turn into the seen-this-so-what’s-new glaze. And when the film stops to look around for a story, which it does much too frequently in its two- and-a-half-hour run time, it turns banal and listless.

A group of underdog hip-hop dancers, reviled for copying, want to resurrect their name. In the movie’s beginning is its end. The only way a film like this can beat predictability is to deliver as many surprises as it can. But the writing department is the weakest : clichés abound as the characters whirl about frantically in an attempt to shed cardboard.

Prabhudeva reprises his good-natured coach Vishnu Sir from the 2013 ‘ABCD’, who believed anybody can dance: the original coasted on a bunch of unknown faces. The sequel has gone starry, with Varun Dhawan and Shraddha Kapoor: Dhawan is earnest and the slightly better dancer (his dancing skills have been evident in his previous outings) ; Shraddha Kapoor is beautifully toned and lissome and manages to execute a few steps well enough. But neither can match up to the real dancers when ranged alongside.

Post interval, the action moves to Las Vegas, and we are treated to many standard aerial shots of glittery skyscrapers as our little troupe goes about its way, trying to deal with a lead character’s dodgy disappearance, and an accident which allows for the return of blonde bombshell Lauren Gottlieb, who gets a full dance to herself. But these are minor excitements which manage to lift the film only momentarily.

Much of ‘ABCD2’ is inspired by real life: a Mumbai group made it to the world hip-hop championships a few years ago under tough circumstances.  The film sets out to prove that all of us can do with second chances, and that Indians can do hip-hop as well as the rest of the world (which we can easily believe given the astonishing degree of expertise we see on our reality shows) But a dance movie needs to electrify. That’s missing: all the  I-love-my-India drippiness overwhelms the choreography.  And why is it so long? It just goes on and on.

Star cast: Varun Dhawan, Shraddha Kapoor, Prabhudeva, Lauren Gottlieb, Raghav Juyal
Director : Remo D’Souza

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  1. Siddharth Bhagat
    Jan 20, 2016 at 2:15 pm
    This ABCD 2 is the insult of Stepup hollywood movie...Varun Dhawan is Worst Dancer..Even Krishna can be fit in this role..
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      Babbalpreet
      Jun 23, 2015 at 6:55 pm
      What is your opinion?Awesome mindblowing,hats off to varun and sharda's dance
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        Hadis
        Jun 19, 2015 at 8:58 pm
        Awesome movie
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          Anis patel
          Jun 20, 2015 at 5:08 am
          I m not agree with this review cause in india this is the beginning of dance movies and its 99% superb movie frst movie to see the real dance world and heads off to remosir I think all indian should watch this movie
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            Rethees
            Jun 23, 2015 at 9:22 pm
            I saw the movie on Sunday. The story was of an ordinary Hindi movie. But the fact which disappointed me that it was a movie with no actors. I mean people who can act.
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