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Race 2

So witless, it makes you wonder why it was made in the first place.

Starring: Saif Ali Khan, John Abraham, Anil Kapoor, Deepika Padukone, Jacqueline Fernandez, Ameesha Patel
Directed by Abbas-Mustan
Rating: *

Director cooperative Abbas-Mustan, who specialise in cobbling together foreign DVDs and spicing them up for the Indian palate with song ’n dance numbers and comic tracks, have had a cool run at the box office so far. Race was an interesting ride, filled as it was with moral amb­i­guities and unapologetically dark, murky and debauched characters. Race 2, however, is so witless, it makes you wonder why it was made in the first place. Much of the elem­ents of prequel stay. The innumerable glam locations, the hei­sts, murders, twists and turns, the action and stunts, the good-looking bodies perennially walking in slo-mo and those sexy cars. Like the original there’s not much to any of the characters and the story either.

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It’s all about Saif trying to avenge the murder of his wife with some help from cop Anil Kapoor and his ditzy sidekick Ameesha Patel who talk titillatingly of ‘mang­oes’ and ‘cherries’. The person Saif is gunning for is ruthless businessman John Abraham. What’s missing is the masala and fun of Race. Race 2 is much too boring and far from entertaining.

So even though you go into it willing to suspend your disbelief, it doesn’t quite happen. Race 2 just isn’t racy enough. My only takeaway was the song Lat lag gayi.

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