After China Town and Naqaab, there wasn’t much expected from the director duo Abbas Mastan, so it was easy to watch Race without any preconceived notions. If it would have been good, people would have applauded the comeback of the jodi which gave us Aitraaz and Ajnabee and numerous other hits. If it would have been bad, the directors would have had another egg on their face. Race, infact turns out to be neither good nor bad.
The story begins with Ranveer Singh(Saif Ali Khan) meeting with an accident and his alcoholic step brother Rajeev Singh(Akshaye Khanna) giving a sigh of relief that his brother is alive. Katrina Kaif plays Sophia, who is Ranveer’s seedhi saadhi secretary who is in love with her boss while Bipasha Basu plays Sonia who keeps on shuttling between the two brothers. Anil Kapoor(Detective R.D.) and Sameera Reddy(Mini) make an appearance only after the second half begins and indulge in their over the top Karamchand-Kitty act which manages a few laughs from the audience. As the story progresses, the audience is taken on a roller-coster ride of so many deceptions, fears and revelations that in the end you feel exhausted and just want all of it to stop. The first twist is great, the second one fine, the third one is ok…..but by the time the movie reveals its nth twist(Yawn!!!), you are quite sure that another one is there in the pipeline and then thankfully and suddenly the movie ends.
The problem with the movie is that there is an overdose of twists and turns and after sometime the characters start looking completely unbelievable. Sadly the movie starts looking like a Balaji Telefilms(God!!! I hate to mention them in all my posts) production instead of UTV’s. The “dead and still not dead” or the “step brother who hates his older brother” or the “poor vamp claws the rich guy” themes have been done to death in Indian cinema, but still Race follows the old path and that is what goes against it. And a special mention of the songs is a must here. The movie would have been much better without them, as they are completely out of place and not required at all. All they do is slowing down the pace of the movie and they sound nothing more than some bad remixes of old hindi songs.
On the brighter side, the starcast is the only saving grace of the movie as they try their best to look good and dance good and act good(Katreena still needs a lot of improvement here). The sets and the locations are good and the movie looks sleek. Akshaye Khanna is great as usual while Saif plays the part with intensity. Bipasha looks like a bombshell, specially in the scene in which she is introduced to Akshaye. Katrina should not cry in any of her movies. She looks really funny.
All in all, its a thriller gone wrong. Remove the songs and shorten the length of the movie and this could have been the best thriller of recent times. Its a one time watch if you have loads of time and nothing better to do.
Rating – 2/5
Directed by – Abbas Mustan
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