Movie Review: Chance Pe Dance (2010)January 15th, 2010 - 12:59 pm ICT by Sampurn Wire
Chance Pe Dance: Shahid rocks in an average film
Rating: 2 out of 5*
Starring: Shahid Kapoor, Genelia D’Souza, Mohnish Behl and Parikshit Sahani.
Director: Ken Ghosh
Sameer Behl (Shahid Kapoor) has come down from Delhi to Bollywood town, Mumbai to fulfill his childhood dream of making it big as a Bollywood star. But getting a break in Bollywood is not easy and positive and brimming with energy, Sameer juggles various jobs to keep him afloat while pursuing his one dream to get a break on the big screen. This quest makes Sameer encounter a lot of ups and down, hopes and disappointments. But not the one to be disillusioned and armed with a ‘Never-Say-Die’ attitude and dynamic talent; Sameer fights every hurdle that comes his way because achieving your biggest dream is never easy. In this challenging journey, he is helped by a spirited choreographer Tina (Genelia D’Souza). Just when Sameer is promised his big break, he is left without a house as he cannot pay his rent. Not one to lose heart Sam starts living in his rickety old car and starts teaching dance in a school to young kids who have never won any dance competition. He hates kids and the kids hate dancing. The struggle in life continues as the director (Mohnish Behl) who was to launch Sameer now decides to choose his hero through a talent hunt. Sam is shattered but he diverts his focus towards the kids. Getting over his initial dislike of children, Sam not only emotionally bonds with them, but also helps them win a prestigious inter-school dance competition and gets their confidence back - aided by the spirited and beautiful Tina. Tina urges Sameer to enter the reality hunt, with the love and support from Tina and the kids, Sameer emerges a winner and eventually becomes what he was destined to be, a superstar.
The film offers simply nothing in terms of a plot. Though it starts of well, the lack of depth in characters soon gets exposed and the boringness creeps in. There is a bit of a Hollywood film, School of Rock added to the main plot but even that part doesn’t impress much. Also, sadly like the previous dance disasters such as Lets Dance and Fast Forward, Chance Pe Dance also suffers due to pitiable music (Adnan Sami and Pritam) and a poor script. Ken Gosh has incorporated that tried and tested melodrama and forcefully tried to add “Maa’ element in the end. Technically though it scores good points and is crisply edited and glossily picturised especially the songs musically though blah but the production values are top notch and costumes are trendy.
Shahid however rocks big time in this average film. His presence, moves and brilliant performance especially in the scene just before the interval when he is dejected at being rejected of one more chance provides some moments to this otherwise predictable story of a struggler. Genelia provides him able support. Both Shahid and Genelia share a very good chemistry. Mohnish Behl, Parikshit Sahani and Vikas Bhalla leave their impression. The school kids are cute.
What could have been a rocking film ends up being a disappointing affair. Ken Ghosh who had left a lasting impression with his first two films, lets us down with this one. Watch it only if you want to see Shahid setting the screen on fire with his amazing dance moves and for the cute chemistry he shares with Genelia.
Tags: bollywood star, childhood dream, choreographer, dance competition, disappointments, dynamic talent, genelia, genelia d souza, hurdle, initial dislike, inter school, ken ghosh, mohnish behl, sameer, school dance, shahid kapoor, talent hunt, tina tina, ups, young kids