Sooraj Pancholi, Isabelle Kaif’s film is shot down by a story without exception, prosaic dialogues-Entertainment News, Firstpost
Time to Dance is overwhelmed by its history without exception, its prosaic dialogues and its colorless performances by the main actors
The explosion and popularity of dance performances on Indian television have encouraged choreographers to turn directors and present films that feature different forms of dance. We have had ABCD and Street dancer, and now It’s time to dance. Directed by Stanley Menino D’Costa, it mixes melodrama with ballroom dancing and Latin dance and the overused places of London with romance.
Rishabh works as a waiter and does flash mobs around London in the moonlight. He shares a neat and spacious top-floor apartment with his colleague Sadanand (Rajpal Yadav), who spares no time to proudly remember his home state, Uttar Pradesh.
Rishabh and Sadanand await tables at a restaurant and dance hall selected to host the qualifying round of the Great Bradford Ballroom and Latin Championship. Bradford, in the north of England, is about 270 miles from London where the film is set, but if one expects logic, continuity or finesse then look elsewhere.
It’s time to dance is a platform for Isabelle Kaif to show us her limited expressions and Sooraj Pancholi to show off her ripped torso. Fortunately, when asked to dance together, they feature a graceful and impressive shape.
Kaif plays Isha, a dance teacher who, along with her sister Meher (Waluscha D’Souza), struggles to keep her mother’s dance academy open. A kind bank official, Navdeep Singh (Saqib Saleem) warns them against foreclosure while helping them out of their dilemma.
Isha has her hopes of winning the championships with her dance partner and defending champion William (Martin Rycroft). But an injury upsets his plans. Politics in the dance world also play a spoiling role.
Rishabh, who loves to dance and has a thing for Isha, slips on like her knight in high-waisted sequined pants and puts on her dancing shoes. They fight against all odds to enter the competition. The Indian duo is an instant sensation. As the commentator puts it, “William and Jessica are in the lead and this is the first time that a couple of Indian rookies have had a remarkable retaliation.” The Indians have no names, the other nationalities of the dancers are also irrelevant.
The Dance Council, led by William’s ambitious and unscrupulous mother, Lady Cottenham (Natasha Powell) is not going to give in without an unfair fight. This gives Waluscha D’Souza another opportunity to be very nervous and restless.
Throughout this drama about a dance competition, Isha is a downcast victim and Rishabh, who carries her own past problem, makes all the sacrifices.
Professional dancers and some expertly manipulated dance sequences provide a respite from history without exception, prosaic dialogue and colorless performances by the principals that only come to life by waltzing or doing rumba. Ballroom dancing and Latin dancing may not be common in India. It’s time to dance is a sincere attempt to showcase these elegant and energetic dance forms.
Time to Dance airs on Netflix India.