ABCD: Anybody Can Dance is a 2013 Indian 3D dance drama film directed and choreographed by choreographer Remo D’Souza and produced by Ronnie Screwvala and Siddharth Roy Kapur under UTV Spotboy Motion Pictures. The film stars Prabhu Deva, Ganesh Acharya and Kay Kay Menon in lead roles. The participants of Dance India Dance appear in supporting roles. Along with the Tamil and Telugu dubbed versions titled Aadalam Boys Chinnatha Dance and ABCD respectively, the film, made at a budget of between Rs 120 million and 420 million, was released worldwide in 3D on 8 February 2013 to mostly positive reviews from critics.
A sequel, Disney’s ABCD 2, based on the real-life story of Suresh Mukund and Vernon Monteiro of the ‘Fictitious Dance Crew’ that became Kings United India, was released on 19 June 2015.
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After having a bitter disagreement with his friend and manager Jehangir Khan (Kay Kay Menon) about the latter’s blatant abuse of power and influence to win a dance competition called “Dance Dil Se” for his team JDC (Jehangir Dance Company), the choreographer of the dance company, Vishnu (Prabhu Deva), quits his job. At first he wants to return home to Chennai, but his friend Gopi (Ganesh Acharya) asks him to stay in Mumbai with him. Vishnu observes several young men using parkour to evade the police. They turn out to be proteges of Gopi, but despite their obvious raw talent, they lack the discipline required to become serious artists; they demonstrate this disastrously at a local event for a politician, wherein they set the stage on fire. After witnessing the youngsters showing their dancing abilities at Ganpati Chaturthi against their equally talented rival neighborhood, Vishnu decides to start his own dance group with them ultimately preparing them to compete in “Dance Dil Se”. However, the lack of discipline among the dancers and rivalry between the two factions in the group led by D (Dharmesh Yelande) and Rocky (Salman Yusuff Khan) leads to multiple creative and emotional blocks. Initially, only Rocky and his gang are willing to attend the free classes, but soon D and his friends gravitate towards the studio.
They are soon joined by Chandu (Punit Pathak), a troubled but extraordinarily talented man suffering from a drug addiction, Shaina (Noorin Sha), a “bar dancer”, and Rhea (Lauren Gottlieb), a Westerner who was JDC’s star dancer until Jehangir tried to sexually assault her during a “private instruction”. Rhea immediately becomes the new star of the company. Though the students are initially skeptical of Shaina because of her profession. Chandu demonstrates a great deal of respect for Shaina and defends her in front of the class despite teasing from his peers. The pair quickly fall for one another, leaving quite a few of the boys heartbroken.
Despite repeated pleas for peace in the studio, the two main gangs continue to clash, driving Vishnu to his wit’s end. However, the students seem to improve and as a reward, he gives them money to buy new speakers, but they nearly lose it all when Rhea takes them to an elite dance club where they challenge the resident champions, a professional dance crew called “Fictitious Crew”. Vishnu arrives at the last minute and wins back the money, but while his students gain new respect for him he is furious with them. After some hard apologizing, he forgives them and they return to class with greater discipline and drive, only to suddenly be thrown out on the street after D’s father calls the cops. During all of this Rocky and Rhea start to fall for each other whilst D burns with jealousy. The community complains that their children should not be mixing in such a way and only through an impromptu dance performance are the youth able to convince their families of the importance of their talent. Only D’s conservative and orthodox father refused to accept that his son desires to be a dancer.
The crew head to Dance Dil Se and audition, but when Rocky and D fight onstage for Rhea, their chances of appearing on the show in the first place seems bleak. Jehangir, in a bid to humiliate Vishnu publicly, persuades the judges to take the “Dhongri Dance Revolution” crew on as a “comedy act”. Faced with ridicule and the idea that they are a joke and not true dancers, Vishnu asks Rocky and D to do a step that requires a great deal of trust from both, but they cannot muster the trust to manage it. Vishnu has them choose the people they would trust to perform the step with, but then tricks both dancers by blindfolding them and having them attempt it again; this time, they are successful. Vishnu then states that unless the two manage to do the step without blindfolds none of the dancers would be allowed to go home for the night. Several abortive and unsuccessful attempts later D and Rocky take a break and Chandu talks to D and tells him about Bhavana’s secret love for D. Bhavana and D get together, D completes the move successfully with Rocky, and the two factions begin to trust each other and work together.
Before the semifinals, Chandu prepares to propose to Shaina, but he meets his old drug dealer on the street. Now completely free from the hold of drugs he refuses to fall back into that world, but the dealer, irritated, tosses the ring intended for Shaina at him and it falls into the street. As he retrieves it, Chandu is hit by a truck and killed, leaving the team devastated. Shaina, though barely able to stand from grief, becomes the centerpiece of the team’s semifinal routine, in which they express the loss of their friend, bringing audience members to tears. The team and the community come together to cremate Chandu, and DDR resolves to continue in the competition in Chandu’s memory. At the finals, Jehangir pulls a dirty trick: his informant Mayur (a performer in DDR but, tempted by Jehangir’s offer of a main lead role in JDC began to feed information to the opposition) leads JDC’s dancers to copy DDR’s choreography and performance concept. Faced with losing, DDR crafts a new routine on the spot, based around Lord Ganesha. Their heartfelt and spontaneous performance reminds the cold-hearted Jehangir why he and Vishnu started JDC in the first place and he is humbled. The DDR crew are rewarded with thunderous applause and victory in the competition.
Prabhu Deva as Vishnu
Ganesh Acharya as Gopi
Kay Kay Menon as Jehangir Khan
Salman Yusuff Khan as Rocky
Dharmesh Yelande as “D”
Lauren Gottlieb as Rhea
Punit Pathak as Chandu
Noorin Shah as Shaina
Vrushali Chavan as Vrushali
Bhavana Khanduja as Bhavana
Paulson Thomas as Pauli
Prince R Gupta as Biscuit
Mayuresh Wadkar as Mayur
Tushar Kalia as dancer in JDC
Rahul Shetty as Rahul
Sushant Pujari as Sushi
Milind Wagh as Qureshi
Pankaj Tripathi as Vardha Bhai
Mario Fernando Aguilera as Chris
Mohena Singh as Competitions dancer in the beginning of the film
Kishore Aman Shetty
Jayant Gadekar as Policeman
Saroj Khan in “Psycho Re” (Special Appearance)
Remo D’Souza in “Psycho Re” (Special Appearance)
Manish Paul as host of Dance Dil Se (Special Appearance)
Prayas Choudhary as Ghungroo boys
Sanjay Gurbaxani as Channel Head