Review: Race

Race 2008


Director: Abbas-Mustan

Producer: Kumar & Ramesh S. Taurani

Original Cast: Fardeen Khan/John Abraham [Rajiv Singh]

Priyanka Chopra [Sonia]

Ajay Devgan/Akshay Kumar [Robert D’ costa]

Mallika Sherawat [Mini]

Saif Ali Khan [Ranvir Singh]

Katrina Kaif [Sophia]

Final Cast: Akshaye Khanna [Rajiv Singh]

Bipasha Basu [Sonia]

Anil Kapoor [Robert D’ costa]

Sameera Reddy [Mini]

Saif Ali Khan [Rajvir Singh]

Katrina Kaif [Sophia]

Cars and Horses 😀


Race released way back in March. But I saw it only when it premiered on UTV Movies on Saturday. I had great expectations from it, as my friends had described it as a racy and action packed, superb movie. They’re not my friends any more.

Race is clearly inspired from the likes of The Fast and the Furious. Although the plot is different and is rather good, Abbas-Mustan tend to concentrate more on the cars and racing. There are a humongous number of cars in the movie, with the characters arriving in Porsches and leaving in BMWs. After the failure of 36 China Town and Naqaab, the director duo is back with the original idea of making a movie with twists and turns that has worked for them before. Sadly, the twists in the plot are so many, that at the end of the movie, you often tend to forget who was with whom and double-crossed whom when and went with whom. Cliche.

The soundtrack is great. Pritam has given good music and lyrics are not so bad. However, the background score, given by Salim-Sulaiman, appears to have been copied from Mission Impossible.

The entire movie is set in Durban and Cape Town, in South Africa, but the cinematography fails to capture the exotic and beautiful locations, concentrating only on the blocky and wooden faces of the characters.

The acting is pretty bad. Saif Ali Khan is as expressive as a block of wood, wearing the same grumpy expression throughout the movie. Akshaye Khanna does no better as a drunkard. Katrina Kaif is beautiful, but still has no improvement in her acting. Anil Kapoor, as the cop, seems to have every fruit imaginable. His acting too is a little childish, but thats probably because of the poorly designed role he has. His sidekick Sameera Reddy is unneccesary for the plot, but is only added to give some pointless humour to this otherwise serious and action packed script.

Race is actually a good movie to watch. It works as the audience remains glued to their seats just to know the end. If you’re able to put up with mad dialogues such as “Maroonga Main Nahin, Marega Woh” and “Tum Hamesha Mujhe Harane Ki Sochte The, Aur Main Jeetne Ki“, you might be mildly satisfied. Race is just timepass.

Detailed Ratings [Out of 5]

Plot: 3

Acting: 2

Cinematography: 4

Direction: 6

Music: 6

Action: 4

Rating: 5.2/10 (So-So)


  1. Ankur Banerjee · December 1, 2008

    Did you know that this whole movie had to re-dubbed from scratch because a hard disk containing the audio recordings at the studio where it was being edited crashed – and they had no backup?

  2. Aditya · December 1, 2008

    @Ankur: Really? I didn’t know that! With that technology they showed-off in the movie… at least they should have had a backup…

  3. Ankur Banerjee · December 3, 2008

    @Aditya: I know. It’s really lame of them.

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