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Race
Samrat Sharma / fullhyd.com
EDITOR RATING
6.0
Performances
Script
Music/Soundtrack
Visuals
NA
NA
NA
NA
Suggestions
Can watch again
NA
Good for kids
NA
Good for dates
NA
Wait to rent it
NA
Do not be fooled by how this film is being sold. On the face of it, you might expect a slick new-age action flick, but if that's what you want, you'd be sorely disappointed. Sure, it's called Race, it's got good looking people strutting around in grungy sets for theme songs, it's got Bipasha Basu in minimal attire, songs with a more than liberal dosage of hip lingo, and very slick promos. You'd be forgotten to think that it's almost Dhoom 3 you're walking into.

The film, much like its story, has nothing to do with the evidence on the face of it. This is a mystery thriller, crafted in much the same way Abbas-Mustan, the Burmawalla brothers, have been doing it since they established themselves with Baazigar (not their first, I know). The film relies on the tried and tested way the director duo has established their trade - twists and turns, cloakery and daggery, murder and blood, swaggering dudes and femme fatales.

So intense is the reliance of the film on these tropes that I can hardly begin to tell you the basic plot of the film. Suffice to say that prima facie, we have Ranvir Singh (Saif Ali Khan), a race horse ranch owner in Durban, who dotes on younger brother Rajiv Singh (Akshaye Khanna), a chronic alcoholic. Ranvir has begun dating Sonia (Bipasha Basu), while his secretary Sophia (Katrina Kaif) has a crush on him secretly.

There are some twists and character reversals, with some solid reveals, after which there is a murder most foul. The investigating officer assigned is Robert D' Costa (Anil Kapoor), with a penchant for fruit and a hair-brained secretary (Sameera Reddy). Needless to say, every character has arcs that lead one from plot twist to another, which keep coming on the film with alarming regularity. Anything else, and I would have spoiled the film for you.

Not that I wouldn't want to, you understand. I would much rather you spend your time watching better films, but you will anyway, we both know that. The incredibly twisted plot by Shiraz Ahmed on its own would have been good enough for my recommendation, too, you know, but I can't in good conscience recommend this feature when it fails on so many other levels.

In their new hipster avatar, the Burmawallas try hard to inject 'cool' into their film. The result is an awkward old man trying to pass off as awesomely hip by listening to hip-hop. Too many times, the stylized aspirations of the film mar the proceedings. The whole South Africa thing, for example - nothing comes out of the laboriously established South African rivalry between Saif and Dalip Tahil over their own horses and the stud farms they own. Equally insanely, almost all characters in the film are Indian, even the bit role extras, leading me to think they could have done without that extra coat of phoren.

There are the songs, too, which completely mar the proceedings every time they appear. Not only are they terribly shot and executed, they serve no purpose in the context of the film. While these ineffectual ways of being the new 'in' kids fail miserably, the old formula also has its cracks. Anurag Prapann and Jitendra Parmar write some of the most boring onscreen dialog in recent memory, with some extremely flat lines and painful innuendo laden jokes via Anil Kapoor.

The script falters a lot, mostly because of the unrelenting twists, so much so that some plot developments make no sense at all. I can't tell you what those are, but you'll find out if you see the film. Most criminal however is the fact that there is not one inspired shot in the whole movie. The film has some very basic cinematography, but beyond that there is nothing that really stamps an auteur's work, something the Burmawallas clearly aspire to be. Such a shoddily made film in these days? Criminal.

For its part, though, the story has some chutzpah to hold some of your interest, and is halfway-decent timepass. The rest of the time you may want to spend staring at the good looking people appearing on screen with fewer clothes each time as a way of halting boredom. If that's not your cup of tea, you may want to stay away from a film that is as forgettable as mundane thrillers turn out to be. Maybe I expected more from the directors, but there is no denying that the film is genuinely shoddily made, and is only a pretender to the throne.
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  • Cast
    Anil Kapoor, Saif Ali Khan, Akshaye Khanna, Bipasha Basu, Katrina Kaif, Sameera Reddy, Dalip Tahil, Johnny Lever
  • Music
    Pritam Chakraborty
  • Director
    Abbas-Mustan
  • Theatres
    Not screening currently in any theatres in Hyderabad.
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Good for kids - No
Good for dates - Yes
Wait to rent it - Yes
Phaneendra Pappu on 23rd Apr 2008, 11:55am | Permalink
I am sorry to say..This movie is also a copy of another hollywood flick..GOODBYE LOVER is the name of the source..
sandeepjakkaraju on 22nd Apr 2008, 9:51pm | Permalink
pretty good movie....with a lot of twists in the script....if u r looking for something out of the routine.....this is the movie for u....good work by the director duo abbas-mastan....just like in naqaab...
RATING
8
Vijay Nair on 27th Mar 2008, 1:43pm | Permalink
Average movie with few good moments
RATING
6
Karan on 27th Mar 2008, 11:22am | Permalink
logicless flick with some thrills and unexpected scenes
RATING
6
Saradhi on 27th Mar 2008, 3:04am | Permalink
Funny Movie! Everybody is a crook, of course, everything started by Akshay. If you expect anybody to be nice, in the movie, you will get the answer "None". The picturization of the movie is good. A suspense thriller. Most of the movies we predict what happens next, eventhough we can predict a lot of scenes in this movie also, but the actual one is something else. So, enjoy the movie as it is, do not look for the logics. Every scene in the movie is connected at some point. Not a bad movie.
RATING
8
S P on 26th Mar 2008, 11:07pm | Permalink
" The incredibly twisted plot by Shiraz Ahmed on its own would have been good enough for my recommendation " !! for what?? for copying a hollywood movie so perfectly.. do you know about a movie named goodbye lover??
RATING
2
Shun Movies on 24th Mar 2008, 5:28pm | Permalink
Horrible movie and much horrible review! Just like the movie, the review is also desperate to instill some "coolness"!! Alas!!
RATING
2
Vissu on 23rd Mar 2008, 11:13am | Permalink
I think KrishnaKBS who wrote the review for Johnapparao40+ should find his example in fine movie reviewing here.
RATING
2
Degenerate Mutant on 22nd Mar 2008, 4:24pm | Permalink
didn't see the movie, but the rating+review combination seems confusing. good review though.
RATING
4
Movie Loser on 22nd Mar 2008, 1:47pm | Permalink
A rating of 2.5...and the reviewer keeps saying that the movie is bad.

Wonder what we have to go by???

Is it stark carelessness or.....?????
RATING
2
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