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Race-2 – Movie Review

Posted by FATEMA H.KAGALWALA on January 27, 2013 | No Comments

PRODUCER – Kumar S Taurani, Ramesh S Taurani, Ronnie Screwvala
DIRECTOR – Mustan Burmawalla, Abbas Burmawalla
WRITER – Shiraz Ahmed
CAST – Saif Ali Khan, Anil Kapoor, John Abraham, Bipasha Basu, Jacqueline Fernandez, Ameesha Patel
MUSIC – Pritam

A sequel is something that takes the first part onward. But then when has Bollywood ever understood that? A few weeks back we had a rehashed Dabangg-2 riding on the success of its prequel. And now, a mere month later we have Race-2 cashing in on the success of the 2008 Race.

Abbas-Mustan, who made a name for themselves with slick action thrillers in the 90’s, are back with what they do best. We are talking snazzy song-dances, glamorous visuals, foreign locations, fast chases, twisty plots, cunning men and gorgeous women. Race-2 takes two of its main characters from the prequel, posh industrialist Ranveer Singh (Saif Ali Khan) and fruit-chomping cop Robert D’Costa (Anil Kapoor) with his nutty secretary, this time being played by Ameesha Patel. The plot is a one-up-manship battle between Ranveer and billionaire Arman (John Abraham). While the former is seeking revenge for the death of his lover, the latter seeks money. There are two beautiful women in the picture too, his Elena (Deepika Padukone) and sister Omisha (Jacqueline Fernandes), doing as much as most women in Bollywood action thrillers do, look sultry and, well, look sultry.

So the entire cast zips, zaps and zooms around the world in the desperate effort to give us a ‘racy’ film. What transpires though is a convenient mish-mash of the earlier film and a template-like redux of most Abbas-Mustan thrillers.

However, Saif’s cold and clean industrialist is still worth watching out for. He cuts the correct figure, even though he dances uncomfortably, looking a bit embarrassed doing what he is asked to. Anil Kapoor’s oddball cop is enjoyable, though not really refreshing and John Abraham’s bursting muscles do little to make up for his stoniness. The girls however help in giving him company there, making a trio of sorts for not acting but simply looking good. Ameesha Patel as the bimbette ends up as a bad by-product of a mis-guided film.

For all its attempts at providing a fast-paced action thriller, Race-2 overdoes it in all departments. The action over-done, the screenplay over-wrought, the sexiness overemphasized and the cool quotient too desperate to prove itself. There is a story somewhere in between, most of AM’s films do, but the style in Race-2 takes over the substance so maddeningly that the absolute lack of originality irks more than one would imagine. As an audience, we left behind the sensibilities Race-2 aspires to long back.

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