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Old 01-15-2010, 05:41 PM
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Chance Pe Dance is annoying




Cast: Shahid Kapoor, Genelia Dsouza and Arshad Warsi

Director: Ken Ghosh


There are three moments in Chance Pe Dance that I can't get out of my head. The first involves a small kid, digging his nose furiously, followed by a tight close-up of his booger. The second is that of a Parsi gentleman in a sudreh, scratching his hairy chest and armpits incessantly. The third is a scene in which Shahid Kapoor sc****s his nails against a blackboard, the shrill sound of which is deafening.


Evidently each of these scenes is intended to make you turn away, to be repulsed even. The thing is, director Ken Ghosh needn't have tried so hard. Chance Pe Dance is an annoying, exhausting film that entirely fails to entertain. ((pause)) Shahid Kapoor stars as Sameer Behl, a struggling actor chasing the Bollywood dream. He faces rejection every day, until finally his ****er dance moves get a prominent film director to notice him and subsequently sign him up as the lead in his next film. Not much later, he is dropped from the film.


Sameer has no money for rent and finds himself living out of his car. He has no money for meals, and must take up a dance-teacher's job at a school. It doesn't take a genius to predict that he will lead his oddball students to victory in an inter-school dance championship, and depite all odds, he will become a movie-star after all.


Chance Pe Dance doesn't work because you feel no empathy for its protagonist. The film's writers -- if you can call them that, considering there is no script to speak of -- fail to invest even a hint of vulnerability in Sameer. Moreso, Shahid Kapoor's surface-level performance doesn't help convey the desperation his character's supposedly feeling.


The obligatory romantic track between Sameer and an upcoming choreographer (played by Genelia D'souza) is so random, it adds no dimension to the central plot. This is a film without any character arcs, or plot progression. To be honest, Chance Pe Dance is a film that probably started shooting before a script was ever written; a one-line idea that never developed into a complete story.


The dance portions here are impressively performed by Shahid Kapoor, but you could interchange each of the sequences and it would make no difference to the final film. Much of the blame for that must by shared by composer Adnan Sami who delivers an uninspired soundtrack of indifferent tunes.
Chance Pe Dance is only a little over two hours in running time, but feels much longer because the screenplay limps lethargically in no particular direction.


Of the cast, Genelia D'souza saddled with a half-baked role and left pretty much to her own devices, screeches through her scenes and strums up none of that buoyant energy one has come to expect from her. Shahid Kapoor for his part, makes too many faces throughout the film, and lets his chiselled abs and his nimble feet do the talking. Unfortunately, that's not enough.



I'm going with one out of five and a thumbs down for director Ken Ghosh's Chance Pe Dance; he borrows liberally from such Hollywood films as School of Rock and the Jessica Alba-starrer Honey. But with it's theme of a struggling actor's ultimate vindication, in the end I suppose Chance Pe Dance could be described as "Luck By Chance-For-Dummies". Although it would be a crime to mention the two films in the same breath!



Rating: 1 / 5

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Did you hear about the Morgans? not original





Cast: Hugh Grant, Sarah Jessica Parker, Natalia Klimas, Vincenzo Amato, Jesse Liebman and Elisabeth Moss


Director: Marc Lawrence


Did You Hear About the Morgans? stars Hugh Grant and Sarah Jessica Parker as unhappily married New York couple Paul and Meryl, who have separated for reasons that are far from uncommon - he slept with another woman, and she doesn't know how to deal with it.


Remorseful and desperate to get back together, he invites her out to dinner to discuss a reconciliation. But as luck would have it, before the evening's ended they witness a ******. What's more they get a good look at the hitman, who in turn gets an even better look at them. You know what happens next. They're whisked off on a witness relocation program to rural Wyoming.



From this point on it's a fish-out-of water story in which these condescending Manhattan-ites survive a close encounter with a grizzly bear, and pick up all sorts of small-town lifestyle s****s including wood-chopping, cow-milking, and gun-shooting before falling right back in love with each other just as the hitman on their trail lands up to eliminate them.



A by-the-numbers, formulaic rom-com that leaves little to the imagination, and almost everything to the actors' charms, Did You Hear About the Morgans? feels contrived and conventional and sorely lacking in originality.
Sarah Jessica Parker is insufferably neurotic from her very first scene in the film, in which she starts yakking away to total strangers about her biological clock and her decision to adopt. Hugh Grant, meanwhile, has done this kind of film so many times before, he appears to be on auto-pilot mode, though you can still count on him to deliver the occasional witty line as if he's come up with it spontaneously.


Problem is they have virtually no chemistry together, and it doesn't help that in terms of plot there is nothing that you can't guess before it happens on screen. Which makes this roughly 100-minute film a true test of your patience.


I'm going with one-and-a-half out of five for Did You Hear About the Morgans? Lucky for you I did, so you don't have to.

Rating: 1.5 / 5
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