Chance Pe Dance
Directed by: Ken Ghosh
Producer by: Ronnie Screwvala
Starring: Shahid Kapoor, Genelia Dsouza, Mohnish Behl, Parikshat Sahni
Music Dir: Pritam Chakraborty, Adnan Sami, Sandeep Shirodkar, Ken Ghosh

India's big theaters are still busy in exhibiting Aamir Khan starrer '3 Idiots' that has turned out to be the biggest grosser of Bollywood as of now. In spite of this, this Friday's release 'Chance Pe Dance' starring two popular stars - Shahid Kapur and Genelia D'souza - besides its director Ken Ghosh of the 'Ishq Vishq' fame has belied the high expectations. The director fails in giving a good script as well as proper direction to the otherwise talented cast. Let's critically analyze the movie.

The movie's story revolves around the life of a struggler named Sameer Behl played by Shahid Kapur who wants to make big in Bollywood. That's his cherished dream. Though he deserves it because of his talent and passion, he miserably fails in achieving it. And, to survive in the city, he does all kinds of odd jobs. During his hard struggle, he happens to meet choreographer Tina played by Genelia D'souza who doesn't mind helping a genuine person like Sameer. She leaves no stone unturned to encourage him to move on and on.

However, just when he is promised a big break, he is left without a house, as he was unable to pay the rent to his landlord Kurush Deboo. Sameer refuses to take help from his dad in Delhi. So, he starts living in his old car, which he could afford after doing one lungi ad, and teaching dance to young kids in a school. Unfortunately, neither does he like the kids nor the kids like him. The director, who was to give Sameer a break, decides to choose his hero through a talent hunt. Now, he bonds emotionally with the kids and helps them win the prestigious inter-school dance competition! Then, Tina asks Sameer to take part in the talent hunt. As a result, Sameer turns a winner and becomes a superstar.

Thus, we find that a new Bollywood onscreen cute pair of the 'Kaminey' fame Shahid Kapur and 'Jaane Tu Ya Jaaane Na's Genelia D'souza do their best to charm the audience in their 'Chance Pe Dance'. It's their misfortune though that the script fails to do full justice to them. The performance of the two stars could have taken the movie to a new high but for Ken Ghosh' error of turning a music video, that he was accustomed to in the past into a dance-drama. Had Ghosh even provided good music to his movie it would have perhaps fared well at the box office because of the superb dances of Shahid Kapur and good performance of Genelia and other members of the cast.

Alas, he failed here too. Even music stalwarts like Pritam, Adnan Sami and Sandeep Shirodkar didn't provide the score that would have suited the movie. Their tunes are good but fall short of expectations. Anyway, 'Pump it up' has proved excellent though as an exception. The screenplay by Ken Ghosh and Nupur Asthana is just conventional and lacks any dramatic graph. Similarly, Kiran Kotrial's dialogues are shallow.

Acting-wise, the movie is a great success inasmuch as Shahid Kapur has excelled in his dancing talent, and so has Genelia who looks quite pretty and does her part too well. In fact, the movie's USP is Shahid's dance; he alone shoulders it, of course, with an equal support from his co-star Genelia. Among others, Parikshit Sahni, who plays Shahid Kapur's father, isn't far behind and proves his mettle. Mohnish Behl also plays an important part. Others in the cast too lend complete support. Marty Kudelka of the US who has directed the dance steps of stars like Justin Timberlake, Janet Jackson and N'Sync, has choreographed it along with dance director Ahmed Khan.

The moot question arises about the movie's fate as a whole. Why then should it be ranked average? Well, as said earlier, the director Ghosh is responsible for it; his script as well as direction has failed the movie.


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