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01-17-2010, 11:29 PM #1
Movie Review: Chance Pe Dance (2010)[DOWN]
Chance Pe Dance: Shahid rocks in an average film
Rating: 2 out of 5*
Starring: Shahid Kapoor, Genelia D'Souza, Mohnish Behl and Parikshit Sahani.
Director: Ken Ghosh
Sameer Behl (Shahid Kapoor) has come down from Delhi to Bollywood town, Mumbai to fulfill his childhood dream of making it big as a Bollywood star. But getting a break in Bollywood is not easy and positive and brimming with energy, Sameer juggles various jobs to keep him afloat while pursuing his one dream to get a break on the big screen. This quest makes Sameer encounter a lot of ups and down, hopes and disappointments. But not the one to be disillusioned and armed with a 'Never-Say-Die' attitude and dynamic talent; Sameer fights every hurdle that comes his way because achieving your biggest dream is never easy. In this challenging journey, he is helped by a spirited choreographer Tina (Genelia D'Souza). Just when Sameer is promised his big break, he is left without a house as he cannot pay his rent. Not one to lose heart Sam starts living in his rickety old car and starts teaching dance in a school to young kids who have never won any dance competition. He hates kids and the kids hate dancing. The struggle in life continues as the director (Mohnish Behl) who was to launch Sameer now decides to choose his hero through a talent hunt. Sam is shattered but he diverts his focus towards the kids. Getting over his initial dislike of children, Sam not only emotionally bonds with them, but also helps them win a prestigious inter-school dance competition and gets their confidence back - aided by the spirited and beautiful Tina. Tina urges Sameer to enter the reality hunt, with the love and support from Tina and the kids, Sameer emerges a winner and eventually becomes what he was destined to be, a superstar.
The film offers simply nothing in terms of a plot. Though it starts of well, the lack of depth in characters soon gets exposed and the boringness creeps in. There is a bit of a Hollywood film, School of Rock added to the main plot but even that part doesn't impress much. Also, sadly like the previous dance disasters such as Lets Dance and Fast Forward, Chance Pe Dance also suffers due to pitiable music (Adnan Sami and Pritam) and a poor script. Ken Gosh has incorporated that tried and tested melodrama and forcefully tried to add 'Maa' element in the end. Technically though it scores good points and is crisply edited and glossily picturised especially the songs musically though blah but the production values are top notch and costumes are trendy.
Shahid however rocks big time in this average film. His presence, moves and brilliant performance especially in the scene just before the interval when he is dejected at being rejected of one more chance provides some moments to this otherwise predictable story of a struggler. Genelia provides him able support. Both Shahid and Genelia share a very good chemistry. Mohnish Behl, Parikshit Sahani and Vikas Bhalla leave their impression. The school kids are cute.
What could have been a rocking film ends up being a disappointing affair. Ken Ghosh who had left a lasting impression with his first two films, lets us down with this one. Watch it only if you want to see Shahid setting the screen on fire with his amazing dance moves and for the cute chemistry he shares with Genelia.
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01-18-2010, 01:57 AM #2
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No chance of any decent dance in a dodgy romance
Directed by Ken Ghosh
Produced by Ronnie Screwvala
Starring Shahid Kapoor
Music by Adnan Sami
Review By: Dr Usman Latif Khawaja
NO CHANCE OF ANY DECENT DANCE IN A DODGY ROMANCE
A youth arrives in Mumbai with stars in his eyes to become the next superstar, and behold it is only Shahid kapoor, he is a pretentious dancer who compares himself in delusional gusts to FRED ASTAIRE-GENE KELLY who he has the gumption to compare to Shammi Kapoor and Hrithik Roshan, two men who cannot dance perpetually in a shot exceeding 13 seconds on screen.
Next he gets a chance to dance in a planned Bolly dance epic, while doing some silly advertisements as a struggling youth who wears foreign designer clothes, and drives a car and lends money to every tom **** and harry in Bombay.
But the bad and evil producer ditches him wisely and sensibly, after he has had a wardrobe made to measure, as he only had a honorable contract which he never put on a paper, instead they arrange a reality TV show to launch their dance epic where contestants will act and dance to allure the public and this will extend the movie torture for 2 more hours.
He of course is heart-broken and bankrupt too, so he enrolls as a school teacher at a kiddy school and starts romancing a local wench to work on his romantic lines for the contest ,mean while they visit nightclubs and discos which all are badly lit, as like Hrithik and Shammi, Shahid is an average dancer too, and he needs umpteen body doubles, who you cannot discern in natural light, doing his somersaults and head whirls, and than tragedy strikes as there is a problem with dad in Delhi and the dear and dreary son must do his duty and sacrifice his dance career.
The dad has never seen TV till the problem arose with his illegal encroachment of a shop, so he watches his son dance on TV and pronounces him 'chuk de pathe' and sends him packing back to Mumbai.
This is a sheer waste of valuable time and film stock and worst it makes Shahid look like a pale imitation of the true great dancing legends of Indian screen –Govinda –Mithun Chakraborty and I cannot understand how can you make a dance musical without a single decent track or dance.
The acting was dreadful as if they were rehearsing for the final contest in real, and the script was non-existent with dialogues even teenagers avoid in real life, and the man who produced this was Ronie Screwala and he needs some screws tightened for sure.
If you want to see a poor imitation of a screwball comedy romance and a definitive dance disaster on screen, where the camera man and editor are dancing more than the protagonists, this is your lucky chance an embarrassingly boring consumption.
Rating: ONE STAR