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      Race

      Released Mar 21, 2008 2 hr. 34 min. Action Mystery & Thriller List
      Reviews 66% 10,000+ Ratings Audience Score Ranvir (Saif Ali Khan) is a successful horse breeder with a history of training and showing winning race horses in South Africa. Rajiv (Akshaye Khanna), Ranvir's brother, is also in the racing world, but he is less cutthroat in his job and, as a result, has not produced the same number of winning ponies. However, Rajiv shows his prickly side when he steals Ranvir's girlfriend, Sonia (Bipasha Basu), and hatches a nefarious plot to take over his sibling's thriving business as well. Read More Read Less

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      Audience Member A good start to the Race franchise with lots of twists and turns and quite a lot of action. Good watch! Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 02/05/23 Full Review Audience Member The first film of the franchise released on 21 March 2008. It is based on the story of two brothers Saif Ali Khan and Akshaye Khanna and includes the things of sibling rivalry, betrayal, and passion. This film was very good. If you see the direction or the screenplay, everything was very fine. The music was also good and suits the time. As I always say that the story of any movie is its core and this film scored a very high on the charts of the storyline. The climax race is worth watching. I think that this film served as a good point in the careers of all the actors in the film and especially for Saif Ali Khan. Bipasha Basu, Katrina Kaif, Anil Kapoor, and other supporting cast have done their role religiously. I give this film a huge thumbs up. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 02/25/23 Full Review Ahmed M The movie has a good plot, which is quite strong in the first half but becomes way unrealistic during the 2nd half, which I think, ruined the movie. Despite that, you do get a great suspense movie, as expected from Abbas Mastan, with great songs, humor, and an entertaining movie. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 06/06/16 Full Review Audience Member An interesting movie! Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/14/23 Full Review Audience Member Race (Abbas Alibhai Burmawalla and Mastan Alibhai Burmawalla, 2008) I won't say Race is the worst movie I watched this week-that dishonor goes to the painful Black Forest-but if the brothers Burmawalla were trying to come up with a bad American made-for-TV thriller, they couldn't have done a better job than this. Every time I watch one of those epic-length Bollywood films (and this one, clocking in just under 2:45, is actually pretty short for a big-budget Bollywood musical thriller), I find myself wondering how they're going to stretch the usually-thin story out to such a length. In this case, they didn't even try; every once in a while they just changed the story surrounding the core thriller, and any attempts to stick the surrounding pieces together were absent. Plot: Ranvir (Kal Ho Naa Ho's Saif Ali Khan) and Rajiv (Taal's Akshaye Khanna) are stepbrothers who run one of the world's most powerful Thoroughbred breeding operations. (It's not coincidence, methinks, that Khan bears a passing resemblance to Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa al-Makhtoum and Khanna to his brother Hamdan; the Makhtoum family actually do.) Ranvir is dating a high fashion model, Sonia (Jism's Bipasha Basou), but when Rajiv meets her, it's love at first sight. Not that Ranvir's complaining, his secretary Sophia (Ek Tha Tiger's Katrina Kaif) is a knockout herself. The two brothers are as close as can be on the surface, but it turns out there's all sorts of familial baggage there; in the opening scene of the film, there is an attempt on Ranvir's life, and we find out pretty early on that Rajiv was behind it. His second attempt, after Rajiv and Sonia have been married a few years, is more successful, and it turns out that Rajiv, who had a $20 million insurance policy on his brother, had forgotten about the fact that their father had a $100 million policy on each. Score! Enter, however, Inspector Robert D'Costa (Slumdog Millionaire's Anil Kapoor) and his assistant Mini (Darna Mana Hai's Sameera Reddy), who finds the whole thing suspicious. Pretty much every twist in this movie you'll see coming from a mile off (there was one that took me by surprise), and the scenery around them is so generic as to be utterly replaceable, with car chases galore, romance subplots that stumble over their own feet on a regular basis, improbable deaths and even more improbable returns, and of course a Poirot moment (where, in flashback, we see all the bits of the narrative we were missing that made it a mystery). The whole is patently ridiculous. The few places it does work are when the movie falls back on generic Bollywood trappings, for example the inevitable comedy that surfaces every once in a while; that works, in the often-uncomfortable Bollywood style. And, well, a car chase is a car chase, so if you're a fan of car chases, you'll be amused enough when it's happening. But those minor things probably won't be enough to leave you with a good feeling when the movie's over; they certainly weren't enough for me. ** Rated 2 out of 5 stars 02/11/23 Full Review Audience Member If you're looking for entertaining and cheesy with some good twists and turns, this is the movie for you! Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/08/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Anil Sinanan Times (UK) Worst of all is its pretentious attempt at seriousness. Oct 25, 2017 Full Review Derek Elley Variety Delivers solid, brainless entertainment thanks to a precision-built script and performances that are all in the same key. Apr 10, 2008 Full Review R. Paul Dhillon Georgia Straight A concoction of disjointed scenes dressed up as eye candy in the form of pretty boys and beauties in an absurd story that wouldn't even hold up in a fantasy world, let alone the real world it supposedly portrays. Jul 5, 2016 Full Review Frank Lovece Film Journal International [A] twisty, gorgeously shot and edited house of games with some of the all-out best action scenes you'll ever see. Mar 31, 2008 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Synopsis Ranvir (Saif Ali Khan) is a successful horse breeder with a history of training and showing winning race horses in South Africa. Rajiv (Akshaye Khanna), Ranvir's brother, is also in the racing world, but he is less cutthroat in his job and, as a result, has not produced the same number of winning ponies. However, Rajiv shows his prickly side when he steals Ranvir's girlfriend, Sonia (Bipasha Basu), and hatches a nefarious plot to take over his sibling's thriving business as well.
      Director
      Abbas Alibhai Burmawalla
      Distributor
      UTV Motion Pictures
      Genre
      Action, Mystery & Thriller
      Original Language
      Hindi
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Mar 21, 2008, Limited
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Mar 11, 2017
      Box Office (Gross USA)
      $1.4M