Cast: Saif Ali Khan, Akshaye Khanna, Bipasha Basu, Katrina Kaif, Anil Kapoor & Sameera Reddy
Producers: Kumar S Taurani & Ramesh S Taurani
Music Director: Pritam Chakraborty
Singers: Atif Aslam, Sunidhi, Neeraj, Taz, Apache Indian, Monali, Shaan & K. K.
Audio on: Tips Music
Background Music: Salim-Sulaiman
Cinematography: Ravi Yadav
Editor: Hussain Burmawala
Action Director: Allan Amin
Choreographer(s): Bosco-Caesar & Ganesh Acharya
Script writer: Shiraz Ahmed
Theatrical Release date: 21st March, 2008
The director duo – Abbas and Mustan, known for their slick and stylish flicks are back this season with “Race” which is by far the most expensive film made by the duo. The movie conveys what it wants and is definitely a trademark harvest by the duo and a justifiable thriller.
Two brothers, Ranvir and Rajiv Singh reside in Durban breeding horses in their ranch. Ranvir Singh, played by Saif Ali Khan is the eldest of the two and is busy expanding the empire set by his parents. His step brother, Rajiv, played by Akshaye Khanna is a spoilt-brat who enjoys his life to the fullest boozing every day.
Ranvir’s lady love, Sonia, played by Bipasha Basu is an upcoming model in the city. He sacrifices his lady love for his brother in a notion that his younger brother will leave drinking. Soon a deadly turn and Ranvir and Sonia fall in the trap of a love affair.
Adding spice to the mayhem, Sophia, played by Katrina Kaif is the secretary of Ranvir. She secretely loves Ranvir and exhibits it from time to time but he thinks all this as her professional efficiency. Sharp twists and turns progresses the story and ignites the relation between the two brothers. Betrayal, love, doublecross & crime is all part of this game called Race where one races to win whereas the other races to defeat.
After disguised intentions of making a film like Naqaab, Abbas-Mustan have come up with a brilliantly stitched plot and a gripping screenplay. The film flows swiftly and keeps you guessing till the end. Although a little attention towards making the climax better would’ve worked hightime for this film.
The speed of the movie is variable and changes from time to time. The movie races with an engrossing screenplay till the climax where the speed declines. The movie gets interesting in the middle where the total plot gets disentangled.
Music by Pritam Chakraborty is already roaring the charts and is appropriate to the theme of the film. Background score by Salim-Sulaiman creates a nice blend with the emotions and makes a significant impact on audiences. Choreography by Bosco-Caesar and Ganesh Acharya is noteworthy.
Stunts and action sequences by Allan Amin worked well for the movie even though they were stereotypic. A complex plot like this definitely requires a bunch of breathtaking action sequences and Race is no less than any other film in incorporating action sequences which not only spices up the interest of the film but also shows the magnitude of the film.
The movie boasts a big cast and high productional values. Saif Ali Khan’s acting was mindblowing and second best in his career after his highly acclaimed role in Omkara. Akshaye Khanna as the step brother justified the role and gave an outstanding performance. Bipasha Basu looked uncomfortable at places and looked puzzled all throughout the film. Katrina Kaif as the secretary looked gorgeous but she seriously needs to work on her acting abilities.
Anil Kapoor and Sameera Reddy as Inspector Robert D’Costa and Mini respectively, were spontaneous and natural. Anil Kapoor’s obsession for fruits was quite similar to that of Pankaj Kapoor’s role in Karamchand where he used to eat carrots. Sameera Reddy’s innocent jokes were good. The entire episode of Johnny Lever was exceptional.
Its a full-pledged masala film and comes up with a bagful of flaws with it. One would question the director about the changing expressions of the truck driver. Keep the flaws aside, forget the logics and you will feel delighted by the engaging screenplay and mood of the film.
Overall, Race is a movie made with sincere intentions. Race won’t disappoint you but it won’t even stay in your thoughts after you leave the theatre but serves its purpose with full conviction and is a must watch.