Writer: JanakWriter Ratings:Overall: Cast: Plot: Effects: Cinematography: Watch this if you liked:
"Humraaz", "Ajnabee", "Dhoom" & "Dhoom 2".
Sometimes, I wonder why not many Hindi movies are showcased in Malaysia in recent years. Is it because of the movie itself or is it a big risk for the distributors to market a Hindi movie here? Maybe it's for the good of Hindi movie fans here, actually. I'm saying this because coincidentally (in my personal opinion), most of the Hindi movies that recently made it here are surprisingly good. Looking back at the last few months, movies like "Dhamaal", "Om Shanti Om", "Saawariya", "Aaja Nachle", "Welcome", "Tare Zameen Par" and the recent "Jodhaa Akbar", were treats to Hindi movie fans in Malaysia.
There were many flops as well that didn't make the cut. Bollywood had five releases recently in March 2008 itself. Those films included "Krazzy 4", "U Me Aur Hum", "Superstar", "Bhram", and "Race" was the 5th release. Fortunately for us, it's the only movie to reach our shores this month and to my surprise, this movie turned out to be first-rate.
"Race" tells the story of 2 brothers: Ranvir Singh (Saif Ali Khan) who loves horses and owns a ranch, and his younger brother on the other side, Rajiv Singh (Akshaye Khanna), who is an alcoholic. Despite this, Ranvir loves his brother as much as he loves horse racing. Ranvir's dream is only too see Rajiv stop drinking completely. As for Rajiv, he only has one motive and that is to get rid of his older brother. Sophia (Katrina Kaif) plays the secretary who is deeply in love with Ranvir but to her dismay, Ranvir has other interests besides her. Enter Sonia (Bipasha Basu) who not only manages to attract Ranvir's attention, but Rajiv's as well.
Rajiv makes a pledge to Ranvir that he will stop drinking if he gets to be with Sonia. Ranvir feels guilty and lets Sonia go and Rajiv and Sonia get married. At the same time, Ranvir starts winning more horse races. Nothing seems perfect for the newly weds as Rajiv discovers dark secrets about Sonia's past and together they plan out the perfect murder of Ranvir to make it look like an accident and claim his older brother's insurance money worth $1 million. Rajiv's first step is by starting his drinking habits again to convince Ranvir that he made a terrible mistake by letting Sonia marry his younger brother.
When Rajiv's plan finally succeeds and Ranvir is killed, private investigation officer, RD a.k.a. Robert Dcousta (Anil Kapoor) and his secretary Meeni (Sameera Reddy) suspect foul play and decide to solve the murder. To make matters worse, Sophia suddenly declares that she and Ranvir had actually been married. Will Rajiv succeed in his villainous plans to get the money? How does Robert Dcousta know Rajiv and Sophia's secrets? Who is Sonia and whose side is she really on? Watch "Race" to get these answers.
Race has the backing of many superstars so it's no surprise if fans would catch the movie only to see their idols working together for the first time. In actual fact, the movie does not offer anything new but there are some scenes that are truly memorable. The cast did a fair job in portraying their characters. Saif Ali Khan's fans will be delighted to see his new six-pack, while Bipasha Basu's fans on the other hand will be thrilled to see more of her skin-barking scenes with super sexy outfits. Akshaye Khanna and the rest of the crew were average but stealing the whole show would be Anil Kapoor, who was at his wittiest.
Effects of the film were tolerable but most of it turned out to be quite funny at times. In terms of cinematography, most of it centres on the backdrops of South Africa, so it's nothing new and as for the musical score and soundtrack: nothing special and quite forgettable. Last but not least, director duo (Abbas-Mustan) do not disappoint in narrating their story, and one thing is for sure, the plot will definitely keep you on the very edge of your seat. The horse race at the beginning will remind you a lot of "Mission Impossible 2" and the car chase scenes at the end are reminiscent of "Tokyo Drift".
Overall, it's worthwhile to catch this movie. To find out more clues to the puzzles of the story, race to the cinemas now where it is currently screening.Cinema Online, 23 September 2008