This weekend release is the third one in the ABCD franchise, Street Dancer 3D which stars Varun Dhawan and Shraddha Kapoor helmed by choreographer Remo D’Souza.
The movie is based on arch-rivals Inayat (Shraddha Kapoor) and Sahej (Varun Dhawan) are the captains of two powerhouse dance teams, Rule Breakers and Street Dancers, respectively. In order to prove their supremacy over one another, both the gangs get into a top-notch dance competition. As they go along with it, their individual outlook towards life undergoes goes throw a massive change.
Inayat is pompous in nature and is quite confident about her killer looks and impressive dance moves. She has no shame in using these qualities to rough-up her old enemy, Sahej in the wrong way. Although they have a respectable fan-base on the streets of London, the duo, not-so-secretly, has always wanted to beat each other in dancing, something they both are passionate about.
What starts off as a harmless tiff between two opponents, takes the form of something bigger than themselves, as the story progresses towards one of the grandest dance challenges in the world.
The choreographer-turned-writer/director has upped his game in terms of the presentation of various dance forms – Jazz, Contemporary, Afro, Krump, Locking and Popping, Animation Tutting, Urban and Slow-Mo. – and has even aptly managed to rope in some very polished performers from the world over.
Other than Shradhha and Varun’s personable representation of desi-at-heart NRIs, the duo has worked relentlessly hard on their postures and overall dance movements, and it shows on screen despite them being surrounded by a surplus of supremely talented professional dancers.
On performances front, Dancers-turned-actors Dharmesh Yelande, Punit Pathak, Salman Yusuff Khan, and Raghav Juyal have played their respective parts competently and Prabhudeva’s act as this silent former performer-restaurateur is a surprise package.
What doesn’t favor the narrative is the length; it should have been trimmed down by a good 20 minutes along with haphazard writing. It left the viewers perplexed in the first half and disappointed in the second. Also, this movie caters to the taste of a certain section of the audience, the usual dance lovers, and the ones who love to watch glamorous sets in Bollywood films.
Overall, the film gives a message of love in the face of adversity, compassion towards those we know and those we don’t, and stresses upon the importance of friendship over personal gains but it fails to stitch the story in a proper manner. If not for the story completely, one can watch it for the love dance.
Check out the trailer: