Vishnu Sir (Prabhu Dheva) is back with his 'Any Body Can Dance' belief, this time helping dance troupe 'Mumbai Stunners' at a global hip hop dance championship being held at Las Vegas. Apparently, the film is based on a true story of two Mumbai based dancers, from the neglected Nalasopara suburb who despite hardships managed to put India on the global dance map after winning the World Hip Hop dance Championship in 2012.
The trigger to most sequels is the stupendous box office response to its prequel and ABCD 2 is no exception. Now, the pity is that this trigger at times infuses in the filmmaker ignorance for a strong basic plot. And Remo Dsouza's latest outing is just the perfect example of a neglected storyline under the shadow of making a dance film.
ABCD 2 has multiple similarities with Farah Khan's 'Happy New Year' and the only good part here is that this one banks less on OTT melodrama. The film begins with Suresh (Varun Dhawan) and Vinnie's (Shraddha Kapoor) dance troupe being disgraced at a dance competition by a local TV channel where the judges accuse them of plagiarism. They see the World Hip Hop championship as the only revenge for their lost pride. D’souza touches the emotional chord quite faintly with a sad back story of the lead protagonist, the coach and a few dancers.
There's not much for the actors to showcase in terms of their acting prowess in the film, however they do their best. Dhawan is an exceptional dancer and is a perfect cast for this film. He is as good as the professional dancers on board and it's a treat to watch him. Kapoor, despite being the only non dancer manages to fit the bill right. Lauren Gotlieb and Dharmesh Yelande are exceptional dancers and prove that yet again. And Prabhu Sir is definitely the best.
There is no doubt that dance lovers aren't going to enjoy watching this musical entertainer, however with a wafer thin storyline; we really can't say that it's a good piece of cinema. The screenplay and dialogues are predictable from the word go. The climax suddenly brings in patriotism out of nowhere into the dancers and they forget their personal reasons and dance just for their nation, which did seem unbelievable.
Sachin-Jigar's music and Vijay Arora's cinematography takes away the cake along with of course the fantabulous dance sequences.
For a lazy rainy afternoon with friends and family, ABCD 2 is definitely not a bad watch, as the dance and music do keep you entertained. But if you are looking at watching a film with a good story, we suggest skip this one.