Varun Dhawan, Shraddha Kapoor, Prabhu Deva, Nora Fatehi and others
How many times as kids and even youngsters have you wondered what it would have been like if the partition never happened? What a great country we would have made if India and Pakistan united? These are wishful thoughts and pretty juvenile but it has always been at the back of everyone’s minds. And it looks like Remo Dsouza turned a similar thought into a movie with Street Dancer 3D.
It is not easy to make a space for yourself in a strange land. When Sahej (Varun Dhawan) and his team Street Dancers from India go to London to make a mark for themselves as dancers they find themselves locking horns with Inayat (Shraddha Kapoor) and her team Rule Breakers that has come all the way from Pakistan. When it comes to Indo-Pak the tension is always ambivalent. The one-upmanship gradually turns to war on the dancefloor. And both India and Pakistan are ready to shed blood for the cause.
Soon they realise that there are many other factors that are set to pull them down. When their friends are facing illegal immigration issues and deportment, nothing else seems to matter. How the universal language of music and dance breaks barriers and makes your heart pump comprises of the crux of the film. Like most dance films, this one too is predictable, with similar twists and turns that often occur in this genre but the dance sequences more than make up for it.
Remo Dsouza has totally justified the 3D in the title of the film, the acrobats, the stunts and the dancing in itself are enhanced by technology to make it almost breathtaking. That leaves us with the big question – have Varun and Shraddha managed to match steps with the professional dancers?
When you have a Prabhudeva on the dancefloor, even the biggest and the most-fierce dancers tend to falter, but the band of dancers Remo has collected match their idol step by step. Speaking of Shraddha first because she has to compete alongside Nora Fatehi who is one of the best dancer in todays day and age. Fatehi has already made a mark for herself when it comes to item songs. Her Garmi number is scorching hot and in comparison, Shraddha’s work appears less memorable. Yet, the petite beauty has put a lot of energy in her steps and completely does justice to the melodrama that surrounds her in the film.
As for Varun, he might call himself ‘bachpan se hi late comer’ but he makes sure his kamar (hips) gyrate alongside the professionals without missing a beat. What more, he makes it appear effortless which is the best thing for him. Even the toughest lifts and stunts he has performed with his patented smile in place, making certain he makes his audience forget all about his dark brooding performance in Kalank.
All in all, like most Remo Dsouza films, this one too is entertaining but not excellent.