Chance Pe Dance Hindi Movie Review

Feature Film | Comedy, Musicals, Romance
The only possible reason you might want to watch Chance Pe Dance is if you just want to look at Shahid Kapur for 2 odd hours.
Jan 15, 2010 By Jahan Bakshi

Ken Ghosh directed music videos before he moved on to films, and Chance Pe Dance clearly is the longest and lousiest music video he has made so far. When a filmmaker brings a film to the big screen after a gap of nearly 6 years, the last thing you expect is a movie this stunningly pointless. What can you say about a film whose only visible pay-off in the end is the sight of Shahid Kapur's supposed eight-pack abs?

Chance Pe Dance is basically a Shahid Kapur audition tape- mellow Shahid, over-the-top Shahid, dancing Shahid, romancing Shahid- its all there, and while the actor might have found this flattering, this is precisely the kind of film he should stay miles away from if he wishes to maintain his escalating career graph. No amount of earnestness from him saves this tepid, flat film from being the deathly bore it is.

The script, or complete lack of it really makes you wonder what the executives at UTV have suddenly begun smoking. Forget the predictability, there isn't a single high point through the film, and the editor goes berserk with bizarre effects as if to compensate. The film is about a struggling actor, but not once do we feel Sameer Behl's (Shahid) struggle, notwithstanding the fact that he has vada pav for breakfast and sleeps in his car for days (Where are the Mumbai Police, you wonder?) and neither do we feel a sense of triumph when he finally (and obviously) becomes a star. The airbrushed reality (which we, as an audience have almost become accustomed to) could still have been ignored if the film was actually a little fun. But no such luck by dance here- even the music and song sequences are downright tacky, despite this being a so-called dance film.

The characters are blandly written, and the actors- Shahid, Genelia and the rest- can't do much to help you in the audience as you stare blank, uninvolved and cold, waiting for some genuine humor or drama- even if horribly clichéd- to unfold on screen. Last year, Zoya Akhtar gave us the story of a struggler that had grit and wit, style and substance. Chance Pe Dance has none of that, and the only possible reason you might want to watch it is if you just want to look at Shahid Kapur for 2 odd hours. However, if that be the case, I would still recommend that you skip this futile apology for a film and rent a DVD of Kaminey instead- because apart from being a tremendously better film (to say the least), aren't two Shahids better than one?

Jahan Bakshi