ABCD: Any Body Can Dance

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ABCD: Anybody Can Dance
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Remo D'Souza
Produced by Siddharth Roy Kapur
Ronnie Screwvala
Written by Amit Aryan
Mayur Puri
(Additional Dialogues)
Screenplay by Tushar Hiranandani
Story by Remo D'Souza
Starring Prabhu Deva
Ganesh Acharya
Kay Kay Menon
Lauren Gottlieb
Punit Pathak
Dharmesh Yelande
Salman Yusuff Khan
Music by Sachin - Jigar
Cinematography Vijay Kumar Arora
Edited by Manan Sagar
Distributed by UTV Motion Pictures
Release dates
  • 8 February 2013 (2013-02-08)
Running time
143 Minutes
Country India
Language Hindi
Budget INR120 million (US$1.9 million)[1]
Box office INR440 million (US$6.9 million) worldwide

ABCD: Anybody Can Dance is a 2013 Indian 3D dance film directed and choreographed by choreographer Remo D'Souza and produced by Siddharth Roy Kapur and Ronnie Screwvala.[2] The film stars Prabhu Deva and Ganesh Acharya in key roles. The participants of Dance India Dance also appear.[3] Along with the Tamil and Telugu dubbed versions titled Aadalam Boys Chinnatha Dance and ABCD respectively. The film, made at a budget of Rs 120 million, was released worldwide on 8 February 2013.[1][4]


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) persuades him to stay in Mumbai with him. One day, he 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 same young men showing their dancing abilities at Ganpati Chaturthi to beat their 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 the rivalry between the two factions in the group lead 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". Despite teasing from his peers, Chandu defends Shaina's reputation in front of the class and the pair quickly fall for one another.

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 and 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 orthodox Muslim 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 seem bleak. Jehangir, in a bid to crush 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, DDR are realizes that they are not selected by hard work then Vishnu asks Rocky and D to do a step but they cannot do it because they crash each other while doing the step then Vishnu asks Rocky and D who would they be comfortable with, doing the step They both choose their partners then Vishnu asks them to put a cloth on their eyes and then ask them to do it with their partners then without them knowing he asks their partners to move away so that Rocky and D can do it together.They do the step well then they come to know who they did the step with.Then Vishnu asks them to do the step without their eyes closed.They are not able to do it with their eyes open.After trying the step for lot of time D is fed up doing it and sits in an end when Chandu makes him realise why Rocky and D fought and their problem is solved . Weeks before the finals, 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 knocks the ring intended for Shaina into the street. As he retrieves it, Chandu is hit by a truck and killed, leaving the team to perform their semi-final routine without him. Shaina and the rest of DDR are crushed by his death and resolve to honor him by performing with their all. At the finals, Jehangir pulls a dirty trick, his informant (Mayur who was a performer in DDR but left it for a main lead role in JDC) among DDR has ordered his dancers to copy the rival team's choreography. Faced with losing, DDR crafts a new routine on the spot, based around Lord Ganesha. Their heartfelt performance reminds the cold-hearted Jehangir why he and Vishnu started the JDC in the first place and is humbled as the DDR crew are rewarded with thunderous applause and win the competition.



The film was released on a total of 750 screens which included 400 3D screens and 350 2D screens in India.[5] The COP (Cost of Production) is around Rs 80 million with a P&A budget of Rs 35 million.[6]


Lisa Tsering praised the film on The Hollywood Reporter as "exuberant, upbeat and overflowing with music".[7] Prasanna D Zore for has given 4/5 stars and says ABCD Any Body Can Dance is a must watch not only for dance lovers but also for those who like good cinema.[8] Taran Adarsh from bollywoodhungama rated the film ABCD 3/5 stars saying, "ABCD's biggest strength lies in the variety of dances that Remo presents to the spectators. On the whole, ABCD has some incredible, eye-popping dances as its soul. While the template may be conventional – the triumph of the underdog – the film has its share of moments that stay with you, especially the concluding portions of the film. Decent watch!"[9] Shivesh Kumar of IndiaWeekly awarded the movie 3 out of 5 stars.[10]

Box office[edit]

ABCD had opening in India of Rs 45 million nett on the first day. It collected approximately Rs 195 million nett at the domestic box office in the first weekend. By the end of its first week, the film has grossed over 312 million nett.[5]

The film grossed $425,000 overseas in opening weekend.[11]


ABCD: Any Body Can Dance
Soundtrack album by Sachin - Jigar
Released 8 February 2013
Genre Film soundtrack
Label Sony Music
Producer Ronnie Screwvala
Sachin - Jigar chronology
Kyaa Super Kool Hain Hum
ABCD: Any Body Can Dance
Jayantabhai Ki Luv Story

The film's music was done by the composer-duo Sachin - Jigar. All songs were written by Mayur Puri apart from Man Basiyo Saanwariyo which had lyrics by Priya Panchal.


No. Title Lyrics Singer(s) Length
1. "Shambhu Sutaya"   Mayur Puri Shankar Mahadevan, Vishal Dadlani 4:43
2. "Bezubaan"   Mayur Puri Mohit Chauhan, Priya Panchal Rap By: Tanvi Shah, Deane Sequeira 4:42
3. "Psycho Re"   Mayur Puri Udit Narayan, Mika Singh 4:01
4. "Chandu Ki Girl Friend"   Mayur Puri Raman Mahadevan, Jigar Saraiya, Divya Pushkarna, Sagar Kendurkar, Madhav Krishna 3:16
5. "Man Basiyo Sawariyo"   Priya Panchaal Anushka Manchanda 3:48
6. "Duhaai"   Mayur Puri Madhav Krishna 4:06
7. "Sorry Sorry"   Mayur Puri Jigar Saraiya 3:17
8. "Kar Ja Re Ya Mar Ja Re Tu"   Mayur Puri Suraj Jagan 2:50
9. "Sadda Dil Vi Tu (Ga Ga Ga Ganpati)"   Mayur Puri Hard Kaur 5:27

Critical reception[edit]

The soundtrack received highly positive reviews from critics.

Shresht Poddar of Score Magazine gave the album 4 out of 5 stars saying, "Sachin-Jigar have delivered a multi-genre winning album. They have wonderfully demonstrated their versatility and deserve to be heard more. Despite having a couple of situational tracks, the album gets a thumbs up because of its uniqueness.".[12] Giving the album 4 out of 5 stars, Rumnique Nannar of Bollyspice wrote, "ABCD is one of the best albums of 2013, simply because you can feel Sachin and Jigar in their element and creating lasting songs that complement the film’s core theme."[13] Indibeats also gave it 4 out of 5 stars and commented, "ABCD is definitely out-of-the-box, crossing all expectations still delivering a package so brilliantly done. In a situation where we expected some hard hitting techno-rock tracks, Sachin-Jigar amazes us by the sheer choice of unconventional arrangements which mesmerizes in a great deal!"[14] Bollywoodlife critic Suparna Thombare said, "With nine powerful tracks, ABCD is definitely Sachin-Jigar’s best work till date as their experiments have created some fresh new age sounds. But their success really lies in being able to balance western and Indian influences to create something that’s young, fresh and urban, yet Indian at its core. It would not be wrong to say that ABCD is India’s first step into the urban dance genre. Sachin-Jigar have arrived!". She also gave it 4 out of 5 stars.[15] IBNLive gave it 3 out of 5 stars and noted, "The duo of Sachin-Jigar has delivered an album that has its moments. 'ABCD' is a versatile album though it falls short of creating an album with viral tracks."[16]


Main article: ABCD 2

A sequel is currently in production.[17] It stars Varun Dhawan and Shraddha Kapoor in lead roles.[18][19]


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  2. ^ Remo's dream comes true, AnyBody Can Dance goes on the floor
  3. ^ ABCD – AnyBody can Dance by Remo D'souza
  4. ^ "Didn't want to release ABCD with Akshay's Special Chabbis: Prabhu Deva | NDTV". 7 February 2013. Retrieved 17 February 2013. 
  5. ^ a b "ABCD first week collection at Box Office". 15 February 2013. Retrieved 18 February 2013. 
  6. ^ "Initial reports on Special 26 and ABCD positive". The Times of India. 13 February 2013. Retrieved 17 February 2013. 
  7. ^ "ABCD: Any Body Can Dance: Film Review". 13 February 2013. Retrieved 22 June 2013. 
  8. ^ Prasanna D Zore. "Review: ABCD is the Dabangg of dance!". Retrieved 8 February 2013. 4/5 stars
  9. ^ "ABCD Review". Retrieved 9 February 2013. 
  10. ^ "IndiaWeekly's Movie Ratings". IndiaWeekly. Retrieved 18 February 2013. 
  11. ^ "". 13 February 2013. Retrieved 17 February 2013. 
  12. ^ Poddar, Shresht. "Review Of ABCD – Any Body Can Dance". 
  13. ^ "Music review (Bollyspice)". Retrieved 14 July 2013. 
  14. ^ "Music review (Indibeats)". Retrieved 14 July 2013. 
  15. ^ "Music review (Bollywoodlife)". Retrieved 14 July 2013. 
  16. ^ "Music review (IBNLive)". Retrieved 14 July 2013. 
  17. ^ ABCD 2 to be shot in U.S. | Bollywood News | Hindi Movies News | News -
  18. ^ ‘ABCD 2: Varun Dhawan plays Suresh from Fictitious Dance Academy | The Indian Express
  19. ^ Shraddha Kapoor injures herself while dancing for ABCD 2 - The Times of India

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