THE GAME – Review
Posted by FATEMA H.KAGALWALA on April 1, 2011 | No Comments
Producer – Ritesh Sidhwani And Farhan Akhtar
Director – Abhinay Deo
Writer – Althea Delmas Kaushal (Screenplay), Farhan Akhtar (Dialogue)
Cast – Abhishek Bachchan, Sarah Jane Dias, Kangana Ranaut, Anupam Kher, Jimmy Sherigill, Shahana Goswami, Gauhar Khan
Music – Shankar Ehsaan Loy
If plots alone could save the day, Excel Entertainer just maybe could have had a somewhat winner on their hands. But unfortunately for them, films are about a lot more.
So Kabir Malhotra (Anupam Kher) a business tycoon summons four people of suitable status (and a backstory) to his island for a Agatha Christie-like ‘meeting’ and a carrot. The bunch is Thailand’s Prime Ministerial candidate O.P Ramsay (Boman Irani) with a criminal history, (name) Jimmy Sheirgill, a popular actor hiding an accident and murder, Neil Menon (Abhishek Bachchan), a casino owner and drug dealer in Turkey and a wayward Tisha (name) (Shahana Goswami) a journalist. These people are supposedly responsible for Malhotra’s daughter’s murder (Maya, played by an amazingly listless Sarah Jane Dias) and he now wants revenge. But before he can avenge himself he is dead.
The question now becomes, ‘whodunnit’?
Needless to say, the pre-summoned Vigilance Squad is unable to answer it so the four are allowed to go back home but they remain under secret surveillance. And one by one they start falling like nine-pins, courtesy Neil whose lady love Maya was. Kangana Ranaut, is the vigilance officer hot on his trail and in keeping with true cinematic tradition of the police is pretty much mostly clueless and makes sure she arrives late at the scene of the crime. She watches as Neil wreaks havoc only to reveal his real secret. Both join hands and the trail of the Malhotra murder gets hotter.
The film opens on a Greek island and the first thing you notice is the striking absence of stunning visuals. However, the thriller tries hard to draw attention away from this glaringly missing element and plunges head-long into the story. The film seems so focussed on pace and suspense missing out on details and credibility that makes it laughable.
As a murder mystery it paces its thrills and chills well. It edits them somewhat okay-ish too especially the action sequences. It inserts heart-tugging emotional manipulation of the audience and couples them with the most banal lines and situations in a bid to write itself the best cliché in history.
Even as it keeps the secret well-hidden it manages to keep the edge of suspense dull. Abahishek Bachchan, plays hero, villain, lover, avenger and so on with stock expressions that his stock characters demand. Kangana’s attempts at playing an enterprising police officer look as foolish as her role and Sarah Jane’s debut is as pallid as her acting, presence or dancing.
Not to be left out of the race, the other wise dependable BomaN Irani, Jimmy Sheirgill and Shahana Goswami put in suitable hammy or under-done performances, zealously never getting it right. Almost like in loyal allegiance with the director Abhinay Deo who never does either.
Some eye-catching snazzy and almost interesting jazz apart, the film forgets to do anything more. Like making you care.