ABCD-2: Spring in the step, stiff in the heart

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Despite the surge in dance-based reality shows, dance-based films, once an important genre in Indian cinema, were increasingly becoming a rarity before Remo D’Souza’s rag-tag team stole many hearts in ABCD with its absorbing contemporary choreography. The sequel has a different story but like the original it is a simple tale told without frills.

If you ignore exceptions like Black Swan, traditionally, dance films, particularly of hip hop variety, are considered to be a little dumb in terms of storytelling. And if it is coming from the house of Disney, the film usually has a teenage heart. Here the director wants his protagonists to put on the dancing shoes at every conceivable opportunity. Remo is no different but he makes no pretensions of offering a complex storyline either. When it comes to choreography, he has step-upped his game many notches this time by blending it with 3D.

Genre: Dance/drama
Director: Remo D’ Souza
Cast: Varun Dhawan, Shraddha Kapoor, Prabhudheva, Dharmesh, Lauren Gottileb
Bottomline: Remo has invested his whole cinematic vocabulary on dance and is left with only ABCD when it comes to the emotional choreography.

Remo D’souza’s highly anticipated dance-musical extravaganza, ABCD2 starring Varun Dhawan and Shraddha Kapoor has hit the screens today. The film has been released in around 2300 screens in the domestic domain in 2D, 3D and 4DX versions. 

The first edition of the film, ABCD was a superhit back in 2013 and Varun-Shraddha’s star power gave this sequel the much desired backing. 

Extensively promoted all across the country, it’s targeted for the masses and well as the classes but mainly the younger generation. It is receiving a positive response on the reviews front and has opened to smashing numbers at the box-office thus living up to the expectations and hype.

According to early reports, the occupancy is excellent in Rajasthan and Gujarat, good in Delhi and relatively decent in Punjab and UP. And surprisingly, Mumbai opened to good numbers as well despite the heavy rains. But the water-logging sure did slow down the film’s pace in the metro city. It’s overall domestic opening day occupancy is 50-55%. As per early trend reports ABCD2 will easily bank around Rs. 12 to 13 crores today. 

In fact, it may surpass the opening day collection of Akshay Kumar’s action flick Gabbar Is Back which currently holds the record of this year’s highest opening day collection of Rs. 13 crore approximately. And with no major competition, ABCD2 is all set to mint big time over the weekend and the week to come. 

With his 5th film itself, Varun Dhawan has proved that when it comes to the younger crop of actors, he’s the most bankable of the lot.  Shraddha Kapoor on the other hand has delivered blockbusters herself.  Their fresh pairing, the dance genre and the franchise in question is surely going to make this flick a rage amongst the youth. 

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