Thursday, January 23, 2020

Street Dancer 3D - Movie Review

By Hamza Shafique (Instagram / Facebook)

Nora Fatehi is a dance goddess if you don’t believe me then go watch Remo D'Souza ‘s Street Dancer 3D. When we go for a movie like Street Dancer 3D, we expect great music, engaging storyline, lovable star cast and crazy dance moves. This one has it all and on top of that, there is a very sweet message wrapped with in the narrative that humanity is above all other associations like nationality, religion etc. The only thing it suffers from is relatively weaker direction but between Nora Fatehi's electrifying dance steps and Prabhu Deva's nostalgic Moqabla moves this issue never emerges fully.

Narrative is simple, our protagonists (Varun Dhawan as Sahej, Shraddha Kapoor as Inayat And Prabhu Deva as Ram Prasad) have their own reasons behind winning the Dance competition called Ground Zero with prize money of 100K UK Pound at stake. Film opens with playful rivalry between two dance groups Street Dancer run by Varun Dhawan and Rule Breakers run by Shraddha giving us some fun dance offs but soon stakes get higher and competition gets serious. Street Dancer 3D succeeds in connecting with the audience and we at some level buy in their motivation and cheer for them, which is very important for a movie like this. Because of this competition becomes meaningful and overall audience engagement/experience is enhanced.

Varun Dhawan, Shraddha Kapoor along with the remaining usual cast of Remo Dsouza’s production are good and convincing but highlight for me are Nora Fatehi and Prabhu Deva. Nora Fatehi is an amazing performer, from her introductory sequence till her last performance, her level continues to go higher and higher. Prabhu Deva's iconic white suit and classic moves on Moqabala are also a visual treat.
Choreography is exciting for the most part and performed to the perfection as well. I only wish Remo D'Souza knew when to stop because things start to get repetitive especially in the middle when multiple groups are shown going through qualifying round, they all looked same and had very repetitive similar acrobatic moves. Because of this a certain fatigue starts to set in but soon towards climax things get exciting again and movie ends at a very high note.

I saw this movie in 2D but I can see many visual effects being added to aid the 3D experience, so I can imagine a better visual experience if one go for 3D.This movie is basically Indian reality TV dance shows on steroids so if that's something you enjoy then it's a must watch, otherwise one can still enjoy simple narrative with good message, good music, great dance set pieces and performances.