Director: Remo D'Souza
Are you one of those who love dance reality shows? Do you like the drama and the pseudo adrenaline rush you get when they declare the result? Do you appreciate the comments of the judges that are full of moral lectures? Then Remo D'Souza's third dance film Street Dancer 3D is made just for you.
Street Dancer 3D, starring Varun Dhawan and Shraddha Kapoor in the lead roles, is one big fat dance performance at a huge reality show, which has a story thrown in somewhere there. The film also stars some of the biggest names of Indian dance scene like Puneet Pathak, Dharmesh Yelande and Raghav Juyal, among others (Do these, plus Remo D'Souza, remind you of a popular dance show which is currently airing on TV? No marks for guessing the answer).
So the story, which is credited to the director and choreographer of the film, revolves around two dance groups in London. One group, comprising NRIs, is led by Sahej (Varun Dhawan) and the other with Pakistani teammates is headed by Inayat (Shraddha Kapoor). Both the groups are always at loggerheads and never miss a chance to humiliate each other at the dance battles. If there are India and Pakistan, then there are British as well, and yes some cricket.
Sahej's group Street Dancers was formed by his elder brother, who couldn't continue dancing after an accident in the competition Ground Zero. Two years after the accident, Sahej is now determined to win the competition for his brother. But Shraddha's team Rule Breakers are there to make his journey difficult. That is not all. We also have Prabhudheva in the film. He plays Anna. Is there any film being made without one of the Khurrana Brothers these days? Yeah, we have one in this film too. Aparshakti Khurana is in this film and we are not going to tell you more. Not that we don't want to give you any spoilers, but because there's nothing else to tell.
Well, that was everything about the story of Street Dancer 3D - two teams competing for a title, triggered by an emotional backstory. The story is woven around the dance sequences that appear out of nowhere at every five minutes during the film. Sahej and Inayat's entry shot - a dance sequence, Boo Boo (how can we forget Nora Fatehi?) and Sahej's hot chemistry - a sizzling dance number, someone is crying - let's dance, I'm hungry - you can't do it without dancing. So, yeah, basically there's a lot of dance.
All the professional dancers, who are part of the film, have done an exceptional job when it comes to dancing, and this is what is expected of them. But we have seen them doing this on all the reality shows that they have participated in earlier as contestants, and many of them as judges now. Making a film just to show them dance like they do on a reality show doesn't seem to be an intelligent decision. However, Remo D'Souza should be appreciated for the growth he has shown as a director: from F.A.L.T.U. to ABCD to A Flying Jatt and yes, through Race 3.
Varun Dhawan as a dancer who can win an international competition is still believable, but what is Shraddha doing in the film? Watching some of the best dancers in the industry dancing behind her is painful as it is palpable how hard she is trying to 'look' as if she can dance. Nora Fatehi burns the big screen with her moves. However, if one is expecting that she has more to do in the film than what she has done in the songs that have already been released, then sorry, you are going to be disappointed. Prabhudheva is exactly like how he was in the earlier ABCD films.
Apart from casting every dancer he knows in the industry, Remo D'Souza has hired every music composer he can name for the songs. There are some upbeat revamped versions of some major Punjabi hits, remixed just for dancing purposes. From Sachin-Jigar and Tanishq Bagchi to Badshah and Guru Randhawa, you'll find one song by every composer in this film.
Street Dancer 3D is enjoyable if you like dance to the extent of watching it for two hours non-stop. There are some emotional moments which may make you cry. But if you are going to watch it solely for the performances of the lead actors - Varun and Shraddha - then skip at ease.