Review : Race(2008)

The makers of nail biting thrillers, Abbas-Mustan are back with a fast-paced thriller this time, aptly titled 'Race'. But does the film have all the ingredients to 'race' past the winning line?

Tuesday, March 25, 2008 | 8:19:42 PM IST (+05:30 GMT)
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Starring- Ali Khan">Saif Ali Khan, Akshaye Khanna, Anil Kapoor, Bipasha Basu, Katrina Kaif, Sameera Reddy

Director- Abbas Mustan

Rating- ** (Average)

The makers of nail biting thrillers, Abbas-Mustan are back with a fast-paced thriller this time, aptly titled 'Race'. But does the film have all the ingredients to 'race' past the winning line?

Well, while the film has really made a mark when it comes to Allan Amin's action, the same cannot be said about tRacehe film, on the whole! The film lacks in the punches and the suspense does not really boil down to the wire!

The film does make a mark in the style quotient, with the hot Saif Ali Khan, the sexy Bipasha Basu, the gorgeous Katrina, the so-so inspiring Sameera Reddy, the cool, yet miscast Akshaye Khanna and the fruit-eating detective Anil Kapoor in the lead, but even this does not give one the perfect combination!

The story which kicks-off with the Singh brothers, Saif and Akshaye is taken well with the exuberant shots of horse racing in South Africa. While the big bro, Saif toils hard investing in the horse races and making big bucks, the younger bro, Akshaye lives to just enjoy life the easy way, and of course with the aid of the much-loved drink. Well, what's more, the younger one not only eyes his brother's money, but also his girl, as he picks up the girl in his bro's life, Bipasha for himself!! But only later does it unfold that he takes the help of the girl to try and bump off his elder brother so that he can lay hand on his million dollar insurance booty. To add to the mess, there is Katrina Kaif who plays Saif's secretary, in love with him. But this is not the end to it, as the audience is taken for a ride as the plot thickens, more on the confusing lines, as it gets tough to decipher who is love with who and who is gonna be deceived.. Here enters the fruit chewing detective, Anil Kapoor, our modern day Karamchand with his secretary Sameera to investigate a murder track.

While Saif and Bipasha live up to their expectation in the stylized role, Akshaye is a far cry when it comes to his past stupendous performances, as the negative force. Well, Katrina looks gorgeous but the moment she opens her mouth, she loses the zeal and charishma!!

Talking about the much-hyped music of the film, the only stand-outs are the title track and the Atif Aslam number, 'Pehli Nazar'. When it comes to the other songs, lesser the mention, the better!!

A thumbs-up to the film when it comes to the technicality, action, cinematography and editing! Looking at the very craftily placed release on the Holi week, the film with its own flaws gives an indication of working well commercially. A feast for sure, for thriller lovers!!

Sampurn Anand.-(SAMPURN)

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Posted on: 01 June 2017 at 10:52pm
Race is one of the best movie and the story of the movie is fantastic and in this movie Saif Ali Khan acted very well.

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Posted on: 24 May 2008 at 10:04pm
this movie was AWESOME. It was handled extremely well, and totally had me guessing the whole way through.
Saif was, IMO, the perfect fit for the movie. He did extremely well

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Posted on: 15 April 2008 at 12:02am
I really the movie man so many twist & turns, Akshaye Khanna was the best I was completely blown away by his acting man, even Katrina surprised me...she sure did act superbly,they both surprised me man...

of course Bips was very pretty loved her hair style in da movie & Sameera cute n sexy her dresses in the movie looked fab

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Posted on: 10 April 2008 at 8:47pm
I didnt have high expectations for Race, cos I myself am not a really huge fan of these kind of movies but it really kept me gripped to the film the whole time.. the suspence was great, definitely some great thriller parts to it, really good over all!

Anyone who wants to see a fast-paced movie with definitely unpredictability should watch Race!

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Posted on: 01 April 2008 at 7:47am
I loved the movie !!!

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Posted on: 31 March 2008 at 4:22pm
Thanks!i quite liked the film... and really you cannot compare it to Jodhaa Akbar, for god's sake the genres of the films are completely different.. both movies were fantastic!

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Posted on: 30 March 2008 at 6:33pm
this movie was superb!!!

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Posted on: 29 March 2008 at 7:14pm
yea dis movie was SOOO much better Jodhaa-Akbar I lubbed IT!!!

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Posted on: 29 March 2008 at 2:45pm
okfirst of all it was NOT better than Jodha Akbar, for whoever said that. *-*. Jodha Akbar is one of the best films, I think ever made.
Race had so many twists and turns it was almost confusing. Great story, interesting concept, but poorly edited. It deserves 2 to 2 1/2 stars. It was average.
Great one-time movie!

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Posted on: 29 March 2008 at 10:55am
the Movie gr8i luvd the movie i watched it twice now and everyone around me and on-line friends from all ova the world have the same thingto say as me: the film was wikd sud be a superhit i enjoyed this way more then jodha akbaar...infact jodha akbaar bored me...n i wasnt hpoin much 4 this film but wen i watched it i was glad i did brillaint movie kept me on my seat all the way!

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