Chance Pe Dance Hindi Movie Review

Jan 15, 2010 By Ashok Nayak

2009 was a great year for Shahid Kapoor with an award-worthy performance in Vishal Bharadwaj's Kaminey. The Rani Mukerji dominated Dil Bole Hadippa was poor, but didn't affect Shahid. This year he teams up with director Ken Ghosh, who gave him his first break with Ishq Vishq. His pairing with the spunky Genelia D'Souza too is something to watch out for.


Sam (Shahid) is a struggling actor who finds it hard to make two ends meet in Mumbai. He earns himself a role in a dance based movie which takes ages to roll. Meanwhile, he has to leave his house and now cannot even afford a meal or a place to stay. Enter Tina (Genelia) who convinces an unwilling Sam to take up a job as a dance instructor.


Soon he loses out on the promised role too as the director launches a nationwide hunt. Sam takes part in the competition... no prizes for guessing the rest of the story.


Except for the exceptionally well choreographed dance sequences, Ken Ghosh gets its all wrong in his third outing. The comedy unlike his first film Ishq Vishq, seems forced. Also, what makes CPD a tedious watch is its predictability, every scene is easy to predict.


Samir's training session with the kids, which initially runs as a sub-plot, is the only scene that evokes a smile and just when you think the story is getting somewhere, it comes to an abrupt end with a simple dance performance. Similarly, he shoots up to reasonable fame after barely two rounds of audition and just when he is about to hit-it big, his father's shop is torn down because of which he is forced to quit the competition and go back. Yet again, he somehow makes it back with dramatic dialogues and fetches himself another chance to dance. The writing throughout is outdated and the execution very poor.


Plenty of cinematic liberties are taken which just doesn't go too well with the film, like how can someone who cannot afford a meal, possess an 8 pack ab? Protein Shakes and proper work-outs are quite essential for a Hrithik Roshan like physique, no?


Finally, the oh-so-important music for a musical like Chance Pe Dance has no good songs to boast of.


Shahid is exceptional with his dance moves, but when it comes to acting he deserves nothing but a C for his emotionless performance. Genelia is over the top, the way in which she counts 1...2...3...4 is irritating.


To sum up, Chance Pe Dance has no soul and absolutely no chance to dance at the box office.


Chance Pe Dance has no soul and absolutely no chance to dance at the box office.
Rating: 5 / 10
Ashok Nayak

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The only possible reason you might want to watch <i>Chance Pe Dance</i> is if you just want to look at Shahid Kapur for 2 odd hours.
Rating: 2.2 / 10
- Jahan Bakshi
Right from the credit titles, where we see our struggler-hero prepare for another day of selling himself to an unthinking entertainment industry, a slightly seamless splendour lurks at the heart of this film about a Dilliwallah's struggle to become a star in 'Big Bad Bollywood'.
Rating: 7.1 / 10
- Subhash K Jha
   

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