Varun Dhawan and Shraddha Kapoor’s Street Dancer 3D is an extravagant dance reality show set in London. It is a treat for reality show lovers who don’t mind watching a dance performance for two hours non-stop. A dance epic based on the multifarious colors of dance and the unity that occurs between two different groups coming together for a single cause.
Set in London, the film is about 2 rival dance groups from India and Pakistan, who’ve been competing against each other every time they meet, be it at a cafe or at an underground street battle, until they eventually realize that they stem from the same roots and have a common purpose to stand for their people from the Asian subcontinent.
Followed by the backdrop of a global dance competition, the film showcases how these underdogs stand strong against all odds.
Release date: 24 January 2020 (India)
Director: Remo D’Souza
Music director: Tanishk Bagchi, Guru Randhawa, Sachin–Jigar, Badshah
Producers: Bhushan Kumar, Krishan Kumar
Review: India Today
Rating: 2 stars
Street Dancer 3D, starring Varun Dhawan and Shraddha Kapoor in the lead roles, is one big fat dance performance at a huge reality show, which has a story thrown in somewhere there. The film also stars some of the biggest names of Indian dance scene like Puneet Pathak, Dharmesh Yelande and Raghav Juyal, among others (Do these, plus Remo D’Souza, remind you of a popular dance show which is currently airing on TV? No marks for guessing the answer).
So the story, which is credited to the director and choreographer of the film, revolves around two dance groups in London. One group, comprising NRIs, is led by Sahej (Varun Dhawan) and the other with Pakistani teammates is headed by Inayat (Shraddha Kapoor). Both the groups are always at loggerheads and never miss a chance to humiliate each other at the dance battles. If there are India and Pakistan, then there are British as well, and yes some cricket.
Rating: 1.5 stars (out of 5)
A street swarming with dancers swaying and wiggling to a wild beat hits a dead-end in Street Dancer 3D. It is an edifice built on a weak foundation: yes, a mound of rubble is what Street Dancer 3D as it collapses under its own weight. It whips up, in an unseemly fit of frenzy, a purported celebration of dance. Cinema is given short shrift in the bargain.
The film’s heart seems to be in the right place and the multitude of feet it presses into service are nimble enough. Its head, if at all there is one in working order, is unable to keep pace and thinks up scenes so infantile and wayward that one cannot but wonder what the hell is going on.
Review: Bollywood Hungama
Rating: 4 stars
Street Dancer 3D is the story of two warring groups uniting for a larger cause with the backdrop of dance. Sahej (Varun Dhawan) is an Indian origin British resident based in London with his family. He and his brother Inder (Punit J Pathak) are a part of a dance group called Street Dancers. Remo Dsouza’s story is not novel. A few developments are fine but predictable.
However, Tushar Hiranandani’s screenplay (additional screenplay by Jagdeep Sidhu) is quite entertaining and very simple. It’s easy to comprehend what’s going on despite so many characters and so much of dance happening. A few dramatic sequences especially are well scripted. Farhad Samji’s dialogues (addtional dialogues by Jagdeep Sidhu) work well but one expects a lot from this talented writer especially some witty one-liners.
Street Dancer 3D begins on a visually stunning note. The introduction piece is well shot and thought of and instantly sets the mood. The introduction of Inayat is quite fun while Nora’s entry will surely soar the temperatures in this cold weather.
Post-interval, the film drops again but a nice plot point is added here when Sahej breaks off from Street Dancers. This track works well. The immigration bit is touching but logically flawed and that affects some impact. But the film has lot more to impress. The semi-final sequence is sure to be greeted with claps and whistles. The climax has enough drama and entertainment to keep viewers hooked. The film ends on a touching note with a montage of the SWAT (Sikh Welfare & Awareness Team) and their noble work in London.