Ok people, simmer down this is Ken Ghosh we’re talking about and when has he ever given us a film to be happy about that we’re so irritated with the money we wasted on Chance Pe Dance (CPD)? His previous films Ishq Vishq and Fida were both disasters at the box office and strictly average films and the latter’s the case with CPD also.
Shahid Kapoor and Genelia Disouza star in this film which is supposed to be about dance but I think there was more dancing in Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi then there is in CPD! RGV’s Naach, High School Musical, Sister Act 2, Step Up, Bring it On, and so many more I see a bit of everything and yet a big nothing in this film! It’s one of those films that make you wanna pull your hair out for having wasted 220 bucks for a multiplex seat.
Sameer Behl (Shahid Kapoor) is a struggling talented young man who’s in Mumbai to become an actor; his deceased mother’s dreams are his motivation along the rough road of the bollywood struggler. Along the way Sameer meets Tina, a choreographer who wants to make it big in filmdom as well. In this journey to finally be an actor one day, Sameer must face rejection, dismay, hope, love, faith, betrayal, destroyed shops, crazy directors and a bunch of kids with two left feet.
There isn’t too much packed into this two hour torture but there’s enough of disconnected stuff to leave you wondering what the hell is happening! The worst part about CPD is the lack of dance in this film. Mid-way through the film our hero feels that the path ahead indicates that he must help a class of school kids win a dance competition. Nice… I’m thinking so far so good cause now I’ll get to see Shahid teaching some cool steps to the kids and nice dance performance but NO! All I do see is Shahid dancing to yet another sad song and then the kids winning the competition. They missed out on the whole kick ass dancing bit!
Most films which have had dance as part of their story line usually have some very neat routines that make you at least applaud if not drop your jaw but throughout CPD it’s only Shahid who’s dancing and he’s more or less repeating the same steps. Even the grand finale dance which is supposed to give Shahid that one chance in his bollywood break is unimpressive!
The storyline is just too predictable and clichéd and the characters keep changing their mindset especially Monish Behl’s character… even fickleness needs to be constant to outline a character!
Last year Zoya Akhtar portrayed the story of struggles in bollywood if through Luck by Chance we saw how well it can be done CPD just shows us how badly it can be done!
On the bright side though, Genelia and Shahid make a very cute couple, the chemistry is just right and they complement each other on screen. Shahid brings about some moments of laughter with his quirky expressions and crazy antics. His body moves beautifully though the choreography is not that great. Genelia is more of a supporter in the film than a lead because the story is all about Shahid’s character.
Adnan Sami’s music doesn’t leave a mark, the songs are the torture! Except for the Shehenai song which is flashing on all the channels today none of the other songs are bearable. Although the one thing worth mentioning is the cinematography in one of the romantic tracks… it’s beautiful! Lovely use of silhouettes, and even though there aren’t any picturesque out door locations but the song still looks wonderful!
Over all CPD is just about average and I wouldn’t recommend going to the theatre for this one. Shahid Kapoor is a powerhouse of talent unfortunately there are very few directors in the industry today (read Vishal Bharadwaj) who are tapping into his talent and CPD is another waste of him.
Rating – 2/5