|STAR CAST||VARUN DHAWAN, SHRADDHA KAPOOR, PRABHU DEVA, RAGHAV JUYAL, NORA FATEHI|
The first thing a good dance movie should do is give us numbers that make us want to go shake-shimmy-shake up to our feet in the aisle right there.
Street Dancer 3D, the third in the ABCD series, flubs it over that score alone. Except for perhaps passable two-and – a-half dance numbers, you’re just sitting there, wondering why choreographing original, rousing sequences is so difficult: the others are just as much a drag as the movie is.
The film has its headquarters in London, so the two chief competing gangs must of course be Indian and Pakistani: the first is headed by hot-headed Sahaj (Dhawan), the other by pretty Inayat (Kapoor). Recognizing perhaps that neither is precisely fleet-footed, she much less than he, a sub-plot involving illegal immigration is shoe-horned into the script. But it ends up clumsily hanging out, added just to add teary melodrama about ‘ apna watan ‘ and the need to go home.
But the real trouble is that so-it-before, so – not-exciting, the dances are. When watching India and Pakistan play cricket, the two teams squabble, minded by club owner Ram Prasad (Prabhudheva), who gets plenty of time to show off his signature gestures (his famous number “Muqabala” is given a long make-over), and it says something about the quality of the rest, that it stands out, regardless. Like Fatehi who burns it up whenever she gets an opportunity.
Another movie would have made something out of the fact that its two warring-but-will-turn-in-loving leads belong to’ enemy’ nations.
But all that one does is have Sahaj, repping Big Brother India, lecturing the conservative family of Inayat, so she’s’ allowed’ to do what she wants. Also, when the film begins to make noises about India-Pakistan bhai-bhai, with the almost forgotten’ mile sur mera tumhara‘ ringing in the background, you want to give it a bravery award: any talk of’ bhaichara’ in these times is worthy of attention, even if it remains solely on stage.
If only the music had been better.