Starring: Shahid Kapoor, Genelia D’Souza, Parikshit Sahni, Mohnish Behl
Directed by Ken Ghosh
Chance Pe Dance starts a new trend in Bollywood. The most popular (an irritatingly uptempo ‘Pein Pein Pein Pein’ or whatever it is) ditty does not appear as a music video with the end credits (as in Bunty Aur Babli, Slumdog Millionaire and the rest) but plays out right at the start, even before the opening credits begin to roll. That’s actually quite thoughtful of the filmmaker; the audience could well watch their fave song and head back home considering the film has little else to offer.
Of course, there is the newly popular and severely-muscled Shahid Kapur to ogle at. Built entirely around him, the film is the nth one on the plight of a Bollywood struggler who eventually succeeds. Shahid is thrown out of his rented house, loses the promised lead role in a film as well his job as a courier boy. He lives in a car, teaches dance to a bunch of most unadorable kids ever seen in Hindi cinema and eventually wins a TV talent hunt contest to get his rightful film back. As the climax plays out, you get a bad feeling that the film must have been made merely as an extended ad for this UTV game show. Definitely most unwarranted.
If this wasn’t enough, the sense of humour reaches a new low. The funny lungi ad Shahid features in is a throwback to the ‘Yenna Yascala routine’ popularised by Shahrukh in oso. Then you have an obnoxious kid picking his nose and doing things with the gunk. What’s so funny about it?
To expand the canvas of the film beyond Shahid, other characters are thrown in. There is an unfaithful friend, a manipulative film producer (Mohnish Behl), a sari-seller father back in Delhi (Parikshit Sahni) and also the mandatory, sweet and peppy girlfriend (Genelia). There are a few nice, sweet moments the two manage to share. Like the ride on her slow-moving scooty. Eventually it’s Shahid who has a lot to do. Mostly he dances (quite well but the music is a big letdown) and even manages to hold well in some of the emotional scenes. You can see he is sincere and has put in a lot of effort. But does a mediocre film like this deserve it?
1. 3 Idiots
2. Chance pe Dance
3. Pyaar Impossible
4. Avatar (dubbed)
5. Dulha Mil Gaya
2. The Book of Eli
3. The Lovely Bones
4. Alvin and the Chipmunks
5. The Spy Next Door
1. It Kills Me (Melanie Fiona)
2. I Invented Sex (Trey Songz featuring Drake)
3. Say Aah (Trey Songz featuring Fabulous)
4. BedRock (Young Money featuring Lloyd)
5. How Low (Ludalris)
Courtesy: Film Information