Great movies are a trademark of Hollywood while Bollywood steals ideas and concepts from Hollywood and adjust them in accordance with Indian culture and tradition to cater the local taste. What about the silent Lollywood? It’s not even making efforts to walk in the footsteps of copying like Bollywood!
Recently, Any Body Can Dance (ABCD), an Indian 3D dance film will hit the cinemas on 8th February 2013.. The theme of the film is inspired from the Hollywood movie Step Up, exhibiting the potential of dancing in America.
It is not only the concept that is similar but the casting method is same too. Step Up cast includes members from American dance reality show “So you Think You Can Dance.” ABCD has also cast winners of “Dance India Dance”, an Indian dance reality show.
The show’s winners Salman Yusuf Khan, Dharmesh Yelande, Prince Gupta, Mayuresh Wadkar and Vrushali Chavan are in the cast. The pivotal roles are played by Prabhu Deva, Kay Kay Menon and Lauren Gottlieb. The film is produced by Ronnie Screwvala and Siddharth Roy Kapur and directed and choreographed by Remo D’Souza.
At first glance, ABCD – Any Body Can Dance does seem to have some resemblance with the Step Up movie series from Hollywood.
Prabhu Deva plays a great dancer whose world comes down crashing after he is ousted from a dance show.He starts from a scratch with a ragtag bunch of local street dancers. They begin practicing in a dilapidated warehouse and take part in the same competition from which Deva was ousted.
Kay Kay Menon plays the headstrong dance instructor who trains an elite group of dancers. His mantra is “one must dance to impress”. However, Prabhu Deva teaches a different mantra to his ragtag bunch. According to him, “one must dance to express”.
From India’s biggest film studio, UTV Motion Pictures, and renowned choreographer and director, Remo D’souza, comes India’s first dance film in 3D – a spectacular entertainer that proves yet again that if you dare to dream, impossible is nothing!
Sadly, Pakistan has not even attempted to experiment with different concepts in movies. The result is a sinking industry which has no captain. I believe that Pakistan has a great potential and the film industry needs to utilize it. There is a need to dream and turn it into reality.