Remember RAQUEEB? Well, RACE is a bit of that movie! Confused? Ok, let me clarify. Anurag Singh’s crime thriller, RAQUEEB, which released last year, had the stepbrother angle as the reason for murder. Ditto RACE.
There is nothing new in the story line with the exception of big brother too joining in to hatch a murder plan. The girls involved are sometimes as confused as the viewer. I mean when did Bipasha Basu (Sonia) hatch the plan with Saif Ali Khan (Ranvir Singh) to knock off younger brother Akshaye Khanna (Rajiv Singh)? And what is the Katrina Kaif (Sophia) angle? Director duo Abbas Mastan, despite having over two-and-a-half hours at their disposal fail to throw convincing light on her role with both the brothers, especially Akshaye. Katrina has clearly been wasted.
As for Sameera Reddy, her role, though miniscule has been well etched out, leaving no room for doubt about her brainless one-liners. Anil Kapoor doing a karamchand, but with many fruits (no carrot here) is not convincing either. I mean, a detective has to report to higher authorities. Here he is the authority himself. Which crime investigation is carried out like a picnic on a beach? And it turns out that he is already an important element in the goings-on. Is there no department inquiry? Murder my foot!
Ranvir and Rajiv are two half brothers who own a huge stud farm in Durban, South Africa. Horseracing is Ranvir’s favourite pastime besides his other business interests which are not mentioned, but which I gather he has. Rajiv, the younger brother likes the smell of alcohol. Embittered because the entire estate is in his elder brother’s name, he hatches a plan to kill him and claim the insurance money apart from the other businesses. He ropes in Bipasha Basu for this heinous crime. However, it turns out that Bipasha was already roped in by Ranvir…
Even though the plot is convoluted, the movie will work because there is a hidden star who I fear will never be highlighted. His name is Allan Amin, the action director. The action is top class and slickly executed which gives the movie the edge in the absence of a tight script. Yes, add to it Saif Ali Khan (Brad Pitt of Bollywood), Akshaye Khanna, Anil Kapoor, Bipasha Basu, Katrina Kaif and Sameera Reddy and you are sure to have a queue at the ticket counter.
Saif is solid as an actor; looks, style, dialogue delivery… the entire package. Akshaye gets into the NAQAAB mode quite often, while Bipasha Basu is quite the temptress with her role reversal. Anil Kapoor delivers his due but has not much meat in his role.
The music, especially the title track is a mindless commotion of too many instruments vying to be heard at the same time. Definitely not the Pritam we are used to hearing.
TO GO OR NOT: At least one trip is recommended if you are an action addict. On that count Allan Amin won’t let you down. Even the camera work by Ravi Yadav is top class.