A dance movie that gets heavy
Summary: Danny (Aniish Rrehman) and his dance troupe, made up of four of his friends, earn their living by participating in competitions and shows in and around Fort Kochi. One day, Danny meets Meera (Noorin Shereef) at a show and it’s love at first sight, even if it’s not reciprocated. Gradually though, when they start working together, they get closer, but as Danny wants to marry Meera, his father, a retired military officer (Major. Ravi), he arranges her marriage to ACP Eshwar Das (Rahul Madhav). Will Danny and Meera come together to form the rest of the story.
Santacruz resembles Bollywood dance films, such as ABCD and Dil To Pagal Hai, which, against a background of dance, tell stories of love or revenge, in the middle of competition. There is also a Madhuri Dixit-Karishma Kapoor type dance. Santacruz is a story of friendship, love and revenge.
The first half, with fun, romance, and friendship, feels great. The second half with an overdose of emotions, lost loves and misunderstandings drags on too long. The two hour 27 minute run time is too much with such a short story.
Selvakumar’s camerawork is good, capturing Fort Kochi and Goa well, especially the nightlife. The love songs and dance sequences between Danny and Meera, especially the night scene, are very beautiful. Sibu Sukumaran’s music goes well with the film. The story is good, but Johnson writer-director John Fernandez should have made the script more precise to make it more engaging.
The unusual storytelling pattern is interesting, though. Aniish Rrehman is average, while Nooren Shereef shows off screen magic, especially her entrance with a Michael Jackson number. Major Ravi as Meera’s “new-age dad” and single parent does a great job. The character of Rahul Madhav with negative undertones is well played. Aju Varghese and Indrans are equally good in their roles. like John mash have small roles to play but are well done. Seenu Sohanlal is hilarious as a politician.
Santacruz could be a movie that appeals to young people for a fun weekend watch.
V Vinod Nair