150 Min | Action – Crime – Drama | January 2013
IMDB Rating: 5.3
Directors: Abbas Alibhai Burmawalla, Mastan Alibhai Burmawalla
Starring: Saif Ali Khan, Anil Kapoor, John Abraham
Race 2 Review: ‘RACE 2’ has a very stylish star cast. John Abraham in place of Akshaye Khanna. Jacqueline, Deepika padukone and Amisha patel in place of Katrina kaif, Sameera Reddy and Bipasha. Saif Ali Khan as Ranveer Singh and Anil Kapoor as his best buddy continues as in previous version. This is a revenge story of the characters and they all are blessed with lots of Greed. Money and Betrayal is there in full power which causes for the twists in the story. Except for Saif’s and Anil Kapoor’s character, we wont know who is whose who till the last minute. That uncertainty is the best part about ‘RACE 2’ as it was in ‘RACE’.
‘RACE 2’ is international and we shouldn’t be logical when watching this. The money that these characters deal with is unimaginable in normal sense and little ‘too much’. But this being a movie where its all for money, amount can be anything. So leave that. The director duo wanted it to be a bigger hit than the first part so they have repeated some ‘ingredients’ from the previous recipe. Atif aslam song, an exclusive song to woo Saif’s character (Touch me in RACE and Lat lag gayi in this), a last scene between Saif and Anil where some last doubts of we the audience are cleared. Could have avoided these repetitions. Also the songs in number. ‘Lat lag gayee’ was unnecessary. Saif was already finding it hard to dance in previous songs and then came this. As same as Saif and they both have made the song dull. ‘Be intehaan’ in a typical romantic duet style didn’t look good. But the title track ‘Allah Duhai’ was stunningly superb in making. The choreographer deserves a big thumbs up for it. Songs being good and groovy doesn’t make you bored in between the movie or does it slow down the pace.
The new characters introduced of John, Jacqueline, Deepika are really cool for the plot. Except for Jacqueline, impressive performance from the cast. John doesn’t have any new expressions to show so he has been asked to show his body more. Jacqueline’s dialogue delivery and expression does not seem to sync anywhere. Amisha patel was good with what she had to do but her character was limited in the script. She could have been given more to do on screen. The story being ultra-modern , the ladies are all stunningly hot in this flick. A good experience provided you are familiar with the nature of ‘RACE’. Its all about Betrayal and Winning.
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