Review: Fast Forward

Review: Fast Forward

Source: General

By: Sonia Chopra

Critic's Rating: 3/5

Sunday 27 September 2009

Movie Title

Review: Fast Forward


Zaigham Ali Syed

Star Cast

Sabina Sheema, Rehan Khan, Akshay Kapoor, Bhavna Pani, Vinod Khanna, Mahesh Manjrekar

Dance in Hindi films is a hardly-explored genre; the ones that come to mind are Naach (Antara Mali) and the recently released Let`s Dance that had Gayatri Patel soul dance. Going by what the West has to offer, one can`t compare Fast Forward with classics like Dirty Dancing or even the fluffier Step Up. The film follows the trap that most Hindi dance films fall into: concentrating on only the dance and sidelining the story.

A Mumbai group called Zeroes is passionate about dancing. They practice wholeheartedly, giving fair competition to the usual winners at the local competitions, but always end up losing.

The reasons vary; at one time the opposite gang`s girl dancer (Sabina Sheema) pretends to fall for their leader Rishi (Rehan Khan) even as they have awkward conversations about cycles and how good the cups at the coffee shop are. Her agenda is to absorb their innovative dance steps and incorporate them into her group`s dance routine. Heartbroken, Rishi proves he`s a bad loser and becomes frustrated and grumpy.

Meanwhile, the group`s prankster Sunny (Akshay Kapoor) loses his heart to Rishi`s sister Jheel (Bhavna Pani) who also reciprocates. So far so cool, except that Rishi disapproves of the relationship, especially since Sunny has been encouraging Jheel to pursue her passion for dancing. Rishi also proves to be a sexist brother who is disapproving of his sister`s dancing. The reason for which is flimsy - it reminds him of his mother`s bar dancing days when she`d been surrounded by lecherous men.

The climax, predictably, must end with the mother of all dance competitions echoing the film`s title. Reminiscent of Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikandar, this film too has protagonists constantly being picked on by the bullies, the other gang`s unscrupulous girl, and the main protagonist`s loyal girlfriend.

Fast Forward is replete with bizarre scenes like the one where Jheel is returning late at night only to be harassed by a group of whistling goondas and a bunch of barking dogs. Sunny appears there magically and disperses the bunch of angry canines by dancing to their barks. This portion, however bizarre, is at least interesting. Then there`s a silly track about the owner of the dance academy (Vinod Khanna) called the `Cave`, and his enemy, the local don (Mahesh Manjrekar). Inevitably the two come face-to face, as Rishi had borrowed ten lakhs from him to enter into a dance competition.

It`s apparent that the film doesn`t have a genuine, solid storyline. But what it does have is some superb dancing with wonderful choreography. The dance portions are picturised imaginatively, a real treat for dance enthusiasts. Songs are average.

The cast, mostly debuting with the film, does fairly well. Rehan Khan and Sabina Sheema especially make an impact.

Director Zaigham Ali Syed does well handling the dance portions; sadly that does not account for a wholesome film. Sample this only if you`re dance junkie.

Rating: One and a half stars

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