One has to acknowledge that a dance film is particularly suitable for showing the advantages of 3D technology in the cinema, which has been in great demand for some time now. What do you ask for a dance film? A concrete story? Actors deserving of nominations in an official ceremony for their talent as performers? Not really. These points are certainly important but they represent only a little more. To tell the truth, what we ask of a film of the genre is an impeccable level of dance that makes us want each time to get up to shake our body to the rhythms of sounds. So yes, Street Dancer 3D has a script seen and reviewed hundreds of billions of times which, by the way, must fit on a postage stamp with regard to the anorexic thinness of the plot (love, betrayal, passion and all the usual cliches) but Street Dancer 3d ups the ante on the dance side, compared to the previous dance films. It is nowadays little exclusive - or a guarantee for an enriching, crushing film experience - when a film is made in 3D, Street Dancer 3D deserves all the praises it can get.
Street Dancer 3D is a dance movie every inch. Whether or not you are a fan, you will surely be enchanted. What the actors perform on screen is perfect, fresh and literally brilliant. Almost the entire 144 minutes are dancing, dancing and dancing. It's not a rule that the final number is the best, but here it succeeds. The film has all the trappings of a commercial Bollywood potboiler. The dance scenes are even more spectacular, artistic and expansive, cinematography even more musical, the entire film even more pop, more colourful and more fun.
Director Remo D'Souza doesn't care that he is not an intellectual high-flyer, he knows that his strengths lie elsewhere. He draws his strength from his heart, and the honesty with which his film operates is sometimes disarming. As for the story itself, nothing new awaits us. You know it: love, betrayal, last-minute arrivals and everything is coming to a happy end. But Street Dancer 3D impresses in its many dance numbers, in reckless breakdance steps and in prodigious choreographies that challenge the possibilities of human anatomy. Remo D'Souza knows where to put the camera so that each dance step is emphatic, powerful, but he is incompetent when it comes to bashing a story. Remo D'Souza is one of the promising and talented filmmakers in Bollywood, as he has a direct relationship with dance, which ultimately helped him excel as a filmmaker. You will not see this movie and judge it negative for its weak script or for the protagonists who do not have the brilliance of some great talent. Personally, I found it more striking and visually enjoyable experience than some of the recent dance films but poorer in intrigue as it follows a crude and clichéd recipe with almost no surprise. Nonetheless, it's definitely not for pseudos or advocates of arthouse cinema.
Although screenplay writers Tushar Hiranandani and Jagdeep Sidhu come up with several knockout sequences. But there's no denying that the screenwriting deviates into the conventional and foreseeable zone. While the film makes for a wholesome entertainer, it is the second half of the film that qualifies to be better than the first, as Remo D’Souza resorts to cliches to carry the story forward. Besides, the film is stretched by at least 15/20 minutes. Thankfully, the narrative gathers steam once again towards the closing portions and the finale is simply breathtaking, which will be greeted with seetis and taalis. The director has also used the added advantage of technology/VFX to keep things visually exciting for the audience at all times.
Remo D’Souza shows ample growth and confidence as a storyteller. A few emotional and dramatic moments are the mainstay of the enterprise. Remo brings alive estimable vigour, energy and imagination on the big screen. He blends the emotional quotient with dance and music and presto! You can't take your eyes off the screen every time a dance breaks out. The winsome soundtrack also compliments the theme of the movie. The choreography (Kruti Mahesh, Rahul Shetty, Tashan Muir) of each song and dance piece deserves distinction marks. It's truly inventive. Vijay Kumar Arora and Tushar Kanti Ray's cinematography is perfect - capturing the gloss and grandeur to the minutest - which accentuates the impact of several scenes, especially the dance pieces. Manan Ajay Sagar's editing should have been spruced up. Sachin-Jigar's background score is a bit loud but in sync with the film’s mood.
Now to the performances! Prabhudheva, regarded as the dance legend by many, is expectedly, incomparable in dances, but the good news is that he handles the dramatic scenes well too. If you thought that playing to the gallery came easy to certain actors only, watch Varun Dhawan spin magic in Street Dancer 3D. He's magnificent, the star attraction, the soul of this film. Shraddha Kapoor comes as a whiff of fresh air! She looks like a million bucks and is a treat to watch. Nora Fatehi delivers a power-packed performance. Aparshakti Khurana impresses immensely. Punit Pathak, Salman Yusuff Khan, Raghav Juyal, Dharmesh Yelonde, Sushant Pujari, Caroline Wilde and Francis Roughly have played their respective parts competently. Zarina Wahab, Murli Sharma and Manoj Pahwa lend able support.
To sum up, Street Dancer 3D does have a strong message to send across to its audience but the haphazard writing combined with a huge number of songs, dance sequences and battlefield banters thrown in after every five to seven minutes fail to stitch the film together in an organised way. Still and all, Street Dancer 3D is an impressive dance film, which weakens a bit in the character drawings, but is far ahead in all other respects. A paisa vasool entertainment that will have the audience thirsting for more! The film has its share of moments that stay with you, especially the concluding portions. Smash hit!