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B.O. update: 'Race 2' opens to good houses

By Taran Adarsh, January 25, 2013 - 16:20 IST
RACE 2, the first biggie of 2013, opened to good houses in most circuits. The film started on a robust note [70% to 80%] in several circuits, but the occupancy at certain places was not as strong [40% to 50%]. However, the occupancy got better as the day progressed and should only get better towards the evening/night shows.

The holiday on Saturday [26 Jan] should give a big boost to its business. The film is expected to pack a solid punch in its opening weekend, although the reports are extremely mixed.

AKAASHVANI has opened to poor houses. It remains to be seen if it gathers steam over the weekend. 
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Race 2 Movie Review

This Race Is A Winner! 

By, 25 January 2013 
Race 2 Review
Race 2 Movie Review- In Short: A deadly game of double-cross and betrayals involving some old and new players…
Race 2 Movie Review-Verdict: One of the most stylish movies made in the recent past, Race 2 is a treat for fans of the thriller genre
Race 2 Movie Review-Story Plot: Armaan Malik (John Abraham) is a criminal mastermind, who runs a successful business with the aid of his equally devious sister Elena (Deepika Padukone). When Ranveer Singh (Saif Ali Khan) approaches Armaan through Robert D'Costa (Anil Kapoor) with a lucrative offer, Armaan is curious as well as skeptical of his motives.
To further complicate matters, Ranveer seems to be getting close to Elena as well as Omisha (Jacqueline Fernandez), who is Mallik's moll. How these characters indulge in a game of betrayals and double-crosses to achieve their own objectives forms the rest of the plot.
Race 2 Movie Review-Performances: Without a doubt, the actors (both male and female) are eye-candy for the audience. Saif plays the anti-hero with lan, though in certain scenes, he seems to resemble his Agent Vinod avatar. John Abraham too looks good on screen but the beefcake still needs to brush up his acting skills and manage to not look so wooden. Anil Kapoor is the ultimate delight to watch…with his witty one-liners and his roguish charm, the 'jhakaas' actor will have everyone chuckling merrily. As far as the female brigade is concerned, the actresses don't get to emote much but they do make up for it by looking utterly gorgeous. Deepika, Jacqueline and Ameesha provide enough 'hotness' to make the screen sizzle.
Race 2 Movie Review-Direction: Fast cars, gorgeous women, death-defying stunts, snazzy gadgets and exotic locales…these are the hallmarks of a good Bond movie usually, but Abbas-Mustan manage to work the same ingredients to come up with a 'racy' thriller for Bollywood (pun unintended). Apart from being visually appealing, the film has enough twists and turns to keep you wondering about what surprises lurk around the corner. On the flip side, maybe the director duo should have paid a little more attention to the detailing (for example: why would characters based in Turkey or Europe get their news updates from a Hindi news channel is anybody's guess). However, all said and done, Race 2 is a perfect weekend getaway.
Race 2 Movie Review-Music: With songs like the intoxicating lath lag gayi to the upbeatparty on my mind as well as the remix version ofAllah duhai haiRace 2 emerges a winner on the musical front too.
Race 2 Movie Review-Final Word: For a thrilling experience and some eye-candy fix, do go and watch the latest Abbas-Mustan flick.

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Copying and pasting this from another forum...

Here's my review without spoilers, only a minor one at the end... Too lazy to proof read so you might find some grammatical errors. It's good enough I wrote a review for this film...

The last time I had seen a film first day first show was Kal Ho Na Ho, no other film thereafter made me excited to wake up early in the morning and catch its first showing. That wasn't the case with Race 2, but the last time I had seen Ameesha on the big screen was 26th June 2008. It's been nearly five years since and I didn't want to miss this one. However, I knew I shouldn't watch the film as a fan of hers, or else I would be disappointed.

It's been a long time since I had seen a film without preconceived misconceptions and I wanted to watch Race 2 with a clear mind; no expectations. Despite the thanda trailer and dull promotions, I had still hoped the final product would be at least watchable. Sadly, I stopped caring for the characters by the interval and needed the help of my iPhone to keep me awake for the rest of a zilch of an action film. If an action film can't keep you awake than there's a problem.

Just like what everyone was worried about, Race 2 follows a template of it's prequel. I haven't seen Dabangg 2 but I heard that's the route it took. There is absolutely nothing fresh about the sequel. Trust me, even the ideas speculated by fans are miles ahead of what the writers could think of. The action is supposed to be the highlight of the film, but they fail to deliver even in that department. The visual effects look straight out of the 90s, even the VFX for Thoda Pyaar Thoda Magic looked more realistic.

Abbas-Mustan have officially lost their sheen. How can directors with years of experience green lit such a terrible excuse for a sequel? They got away with Players but they can't get away with Race 2. Not that the prequel was a masterpiece, but it was popcorn entertainment to say the least. I enjoyed it despite its ridiculous twists and turns, but Race 2 simply has nothing new to offer.

The cinematography does no justice to the beautiful locales of Turkey, but is well fit for an action film. As mentioned, script by Shiraz Ahmed is weak. Music could have been the saving grace but you can't enjoy the videos with the choppy editing. There was absolutely no point in including Allah Duhai Hai in the middle of the film, it could have easily been featured in the end credits.

What's funny is that Race 2 does not only copy characters from the prequel, but even the songs are placed in similar situations. Even the conversation between Saif and Jacqueline before Lat Lag Gaye is a rehash from the original. It simply looked like a bad remake with extra and random action scenes that were just there, without taking the plot forward whatsoever. The beach scene between Sameera and Anil is also there, except with Ameesha this time and more distasteful jokes. Really distasteful. (i.e. "You're solid, I'm salad. Let's make some liquid" / "Cherry, I don't have time to pop your cherry")... Seriously?

I could go on about how terrible the script is but let's move on to the performances. Basically, everyone did a fair job. Saif Ali Khan looked toasted but he managed bring Ranvir Singh back exactly like he was in the previous film. John Abraham does a good job as the antagonist, but his confrontation with Saif during the climax is laughable (maybe because of the reason, it's just so random). Anil Kapoor has been presented in a completely different way in this film. He provides more distasteful jokes and he is supposed to be a rich retired detective, yet he appears to be a loser desperate for money. His character felt like an add on this time around and did not serve the plot in any way. He was just there to provide star value. There was also a Rajesh Khattar who had an awkward nude scene which was completely unnecessary, honestly ruined the momentum of the film.

Coming to the actresses, Deepika Padukone looks graceful and performs really well in whatever she's got. But her role is so ill defined and half baked, no actor can rise above the script after all. At some point, I forgot she was in the film. Her character wasn't as important as Bipasha's in the prequel. Jacqueline Fernandez is a poor man's Katrina Kaif, she looked pretty though but her role was so so. Again, not serving the plot much. But then again, no one really did since the plot was nearly non existent. As for Ameesha, I am highly unimpressed that agreed to do such an insignificant part. Just like Anil her role seemed like an add on but I can't complain about how gorgeous she looked. Unfortunately it wasn't as impactful as Sameera's role in the prequel, but I would have left the theaters if it wasn't for her. **Mild Spoiler** I stayed till the end credits only for her sake hoping for a twist to pop up but no, it had to be exactly like the prequel. I felt even a last minute twist with her character could have made the film a bit more enjoyable. ** End of Mild Spoiler** However, I had a sigh of relief when I knew her role was credited as a special appearance. Bipasha Basu was there for literally two shots, they made her travel all the way to Cyprus for that?

I don't know why it turned out so bad. Maybe they were trying to be original since the prequel was a copy, but instead they made a copy of the copy. Anyway, I don't think there's much more to say about Race 2. If you've already seen the prequel then don't bother because it'll be very predictable. And if you haven't seen the prequel, still don't watch the sequel. Avoid at all costs, unless you're eager to see how hot Ameesha looked. Even if you're that eager, just wait for the DVD instead.

1.5/5 (for the "effort", hot girls, etc)

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Solid Opening For Race 2 At Multiplexes And Single Screens

Friday 25th January 2013 15.00 IST

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Race 2 has had a solid opening all over with collections in the 60-70% range all at multiplexes and single screens. It is best in the North with the lowest results coming in the East.

Till date the biggest opening for a Saif Ali Khan starrer is the 11 crore nett of Cocktail and for John Abraham it is 12.75 crore nett of Housefull 2 but that film was driven more by the face value of a bigger star like Akshay Kumar.

The way Race 2 is going it certain to beat the figures of Cocktail and with the evenings likely to be strong at multiplexes due to next day being a big national holiday it could also surpass the figures of Housefull 2.

It must be noted that the release of Race 2 is bigger than the films mentioned above at around 3200 screens and the film is the third biggest release ever for a Hindi film.

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Race 2

The film hopes to cash in on the popularity of the original, but fails

Directors Abbas-Mustan said they would make Race 2 if "they got a script that was better than Race". Outrageous as the thought of an Abbas-Mustan film having a script is, what's even more ironic is that the sequel isn't a new film at all. It's just Race,reformatted in an even more unbelievably corny avatar than it already was. It's becoming a familiar Bollywood trait now: sequels that don't just cash in on the popularity of the original, but are the original. Case in point: Dabangg 2. Similarly, Race 2 has tropes akin to its predecessor: plenty of back-stabbing, step-siblings looking to outwit each other, and Saif Ali Khan coming back from the dead, again.

During the interval at the Race 2 screening, the trailer of Himmatwala, a remake of the 1983 Jeetendra film (which itself was a remake of a Telugu film), was shown. "The 80s are back", it told audiences, as if that was a good thing. Not much about eighties' Hindi cinema can be remembered with much fondness; clichd plots, terrible music, garish costumes, corny lines, annoying melodrama. Heck, even some Amitabh Bachchan films from that era seem insufferable now.

Race 2, on the other hand, is outdated even by the standards of 1980s Hindi cinema. "Writers" Shiraz Ahmed and Kiran Kotrial seem to have been functioning on a highly potent drug for them to have come up with lines like, "Jo meri last fight thi, woh meri last fight thi." Cinematographer Ravi Yadav, I suspect, dozed off several times during the film's shoot – what else could explain the camera focusing on a vase, chandelier, or basket of fruits, when there are, well, actors in the same frame. The VFX team requires special mention for having forgotten (?) to erase the word 'Kareena' tattooed across Saif Ali Khan's arm in one scene.

Khan, currently struggling to maintain the 'saleable at box office' tag, returns as the wily Ranveer Singh, more chiseled and cocky than he was in part 1. Khan's the superhero of the franchise, a kinda suave Chulbul Pandey, who dupes a casino owner of 500 million dollars, diffuses a bomb (if plucking it from under a car and throwing it into the ocean counts), and performs a heist, all by himself. Khan's nemesis is Armaan (John Abraham who plays John Abraham with remarkable astuteness). He struts around in body-fitting suits, flashes his painfully conjured half-smile and furrows his brow just the right amount to make sure he gets the John Abraham expression right. Just to lend authenticity, he starts screaming for no reason at all.

Race 2, however, is most memorable for two things, Anil Kapoor being the first. The veteran actor (safe to call him that now) plays the Johnny Lever of the film, providing comic relief by mouthing dialogues more cringe-worthy than low-angle shots in a Ram Gopal Varma film. He refers to his assistant Cherry, played by the indefatigable Ameesha Patel, as 'santra', 'mango', 'kela', and himself as juicer, before running his hands over her upper thighs, his mouth over her face and proclaiming her to be a "paka hua aam". The second most memorable thing about the film is the climax, involving an airplane, a broken window, a pilot going "What's happening out there?" and, eventually, a car that dives out of the plane mid-air, parachutes et al.

Made on a budget enough to educate half of Maharashtra's child population, Race 2 is the kind of film you wish for your worst enemy to watch on a Saturday night at the most expensive multiplex ticket available. Unlike the first part of the franchise, though, it's not even one of those guilty pleasure films that act as accompaniment on a drunken night with friends. Even as a terribly bad film, Race 2 is a disappointment.

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Saif Ali Khan, John Abraham, Deepika Padukone, Anil Kapoor, Jacqueline Fernandez
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'Race 2' mein toh hum tumhare baap lagte hain (I'm your daddy in this film), naam hai Saif Khan: Saif should be saying this to John Abraham, his co-star in the movie. Well, he goes so far as to mention to John, "You thought you will displace me? I've been in this race from the beginning."

I'm not sure if that dialogue is an inside joke, but the point is well taken. Saif was in this film's first part. This picture is its baap, in terms of budgets. He gets the best stunt and chase scenes in the sequel as he jumps off buildings, masters archery and fencing, holds a pensive look on his face with a weirdly straightened forehead, and an odd wrinkle between his eye brows.

John is employed mainly to take his shirt off, get into killer hand-fights, or mortal combat. Still, I'd suppose the two heroes get equal footage, or at least the race between them is evenly poised. John plays the owner of a chain of casinos. According to the film's narrator, "Iski zindagi hawa se baatein karti hai (His life talks to the air)." Exactly what his life says to the air above it, we don't know.

There are two things he hates: "Doosron ki beimani, khud ki imaandari (other people's dishonesty, and his own honesty)." Saif is a con-man who wants to destroy this billionaire. John is aware of Saif's games. He is not exactly being taken completely for a ride. Abbas-Mustan's Race released in 2008. I don't know if anyone really remembers the plot of that film, which was largely inspired by the Hollywood flick, Roland Joffe's Goodbye Lover (1998). The last movie by the same filmmakers, who credit themselves as the "director duo" was Players (2012), which was officially a copy of Italian Job (2003).

This one is an original. You're sure of this because you can tell that it's been written only up till the interval. It seems easier to spend crores on a film than a few extra months on a screenplay. The first part was a hit. It's already too late. The sequel must be out soon. There is still about two and half hours of screen-time to clock. Three bikinis (Deepika Padukone, Jacqueline Fernandes, Amisha Patel) for the price of one movie ticket is a good start. Of these females of incredible shape, one of them (Amisha) makes love to Anil Kapoor in a shaven chest. Mr Kapoor has supposedly been brought in for the humour. He gobbles fruits from a tiffin box, and makes double meaning jokes with his dumb assistant. A few more characters will be required still. Godfather Ranza (Aditya Pancholi) walks in, with three women by his side, throwing billions of dollars. It isn't about piddly lakhs and crores of rupees anymore. What are all these folks doing in the movie? They are chasing money of course. As is the film's producer.

That is pretty much the story. Unless you're really want to know what's in the script. Well, Saif's character wants to take revenge for his girlfriend's (Bipasha Basu) death. That would be easy to resolve within a few minutes.

But it's a good enough excuse for a heist sequence, helicopter shots, car chases, ads for the German auto-maker Audi, a standard Atif Aslam song with the alfaaz, "saansein", "simatne lage", "sailaab behne lage", over "jism" and "rooh" and dance tracks about "party sharty" that sound like the hit number "Tu Mera Hero". That's why you went to the theatre in the first place. If so, you'll be fine. Just don't re-check your IQ when you step out of

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Review: Race 2

Shubhra Gupta Posted online: Fri Jan 25 2013, 15:11 hrs
Cast: Saif Ali Khan, John Abraham, Anil Kapoor, Deepika Padukone, Jacqueline Fernandez, Ameesha Patel, Aditya PancholiDirectors: Abbas-MustanIndian Express rating: *1/2There are often good reasons why retreads do not reach the same level as the original. In 2008, 'Race' gave us bad guys and very bad girls who used bronzers and booze as lethal weapons, and Abbas Mustan managed to make of that mix a slick thriller. Five years later, we have a sequel, and it's all so been there-seen that-so what, that 'Race 2' just passes in front of our eyes without registering.And here's why. All good sequels have enough of the original to give us a sense of continuity but create enough difference to be able to stand on their own. The director duo has kept only two of the original cast, Saif as ruthless, rich businessman Ranveer, and Anil Kapoor, the fruit-eating lug as RD. John Abraham is new bad guy Armaan, and Jacqui and Deepika are the two fresh lovelies, going by the oh-such-swish-names as Omisha and Aleena. Omisha and Aleena? Oh well. It doesn't really matter what they are called. It is how they look. Given enough expanse of toned inches and smooth skin and designer sheaths, all women look the same. And that is the trouble with this film.'Race 2' looks exactly like 'Race'. Which may have been intentional because plush locations and pretty playthings and buff men are very much Abbas Mustan trademarks. But all it does is cause a dismally same-same feeling. So much so that the new characters start feeling old within a few frames. Even the plot, which has a one-line pitch, Ranveer out to avenge the death of the love of his life, becomes subservient to the larger cause of looking glossy.So Saif, hair slicked back with tons of gel and outfitted in very swish suits looks just like he did as a suave spy in ' Agent Vinod'. John Abraham sports such bulging biceps you fear for his arms. Only Anil Kapoor, who is carrying his ultra-trim fifty plus persona easily these days, manages to look as if he is enjoying himself. Given the deeply-visible-cleavage-bare-midriff- very-bare-legs dress code, you could easily interchange the girls without doing them injustice: even Ameesha, who shows up here in the thankless role of RD's dumb blonde 'assistant' (remember Sameera Reddy in this role?), has to fall in line with the rest.When the cast is all properly kitted out, it is made to carry out heists in sacred European churches ( the shroud of Turin, no less, of whatever significance that might be), shoot at each other, dance with elbows and pelvis out, spin roulette balls, and outwit each other. Oh yes, if it is an Abbas-Mustan flick, it must have songs-on-the-beach, and mustangs cantering, too. Or how else will it be called Race?My favourite line from the film ( there are several, including Kapoor doing an Ajit, saying 'good buoy') comes from Jacqui's bow-shaped mouth : men are many, but money is money. So profound, no?And oh yes, all indications lead us to believe that there will be a third installment. Don't say we didn't warn you.

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