The film starts off with Suresh aka Suru (Varun Dhawan) and Vinnie (Shraddha Kapoor)’s dance troupe ‘Mumbai Stunners’ being disqualified in the dance competition ‘Hum Kisi Se Kam Nahin’. The judges reason their disqualification in the competition as blatantly copying the dance steps and moves of a Philippine dance group.
In no time, all the members of ‘Mumbai Stunners’ get tagged as ‘cheaters’ everywhere they go and also in their day to day lives. The going gets so tough that most of the team members even call it quits from the troupe. The omnipresent taunt of being a ‘cheater’ starts echoing in Suresh’s mind all the time. That’s why in order to prove himself and gain the lost respect; he decides to participate in an ultra-prestigious global dance competition that is to be held in Las Vegas. It is out of pure co-incidence that he ‘accidentally’ meets an alcoholic Vishnu (Prabhu Dheva), whom he considers as their sole ray of hope to Las Vegas. After much persuasion, Vishnu decides to choreograph ‘Mumbai Stunners’, who now have to clear the national auditions that are being held in Bangalore, in order to participate in the global championship.
As luck would have it, Vishnu’s intense training helps ‘Mumbai Stunners’ find their way to Las Vegas. It is here that the second half of the story unfolds, which sees Vinnie badly injuring her leg during the competition, Vishnu’s hidden agenda and many other things. After all the ups and downs, ‘Mumbai Stunners’ manage to reach the finals of the global dance championship, when calamity strikes the team’s performance, thus stunning everyone present there, including the judges. What is this calamity that strikes the ‘Mumbai Stunners’, what secret is Vishnu hiding, do ‘Mumbai Stunners’ make India proud by winning the dance championship… is what the rest of the film is all about.
Much like the first film, ABCD – ANY BODY CAN DANCE 2 too has its story plot woven into the theme of dance. To start with, director Remo D’souza gets full brownie points for making no mistakes in directing the film that is at par with international dance themed movies. He needs to be applauded for extracting some of the best dance movements out of his lead actors Varun Dhawan and Shraddha Kapoor. Despite the fact that the film is devoid of any concrete story as the whole, it solely concentrates on the basic premise of dancing, around which the movie is based. In that context, the film’s screenplay (Tushar Hiranandani) does justice to the film. With the film being mounted on such a large canvas, Remo D’souza justifies every rupee of the money that’s spent on the film. Full marks to him for making ABCD – ANY BODY CAN DANCE 2 as one of the best dance based films that Bollywood has ever witnessed, with stunning visuals that look splendid in 3D. The film also mirrors the immense growth and the transformation of Remo D’souza from being a choreographer to a fine director. While the film makes for a wholesome entertainer, it is the second half of the film that qualifies to be better than the first, especially the last 20 minutes of the film, which look spectacular on the big screen. While Remo stays true to the film, he could have taken cinematic liberties especially in the culmination of the movie, which he avoids.
*** MQ **