Director: Abhinay Deo
Producer: Ritesh Sidhwani, Farhan Akhtar
Banner: Excel Entertainment
Music Director: Shankar Mahadevan, Ehsaan Noorani, Loy Mendonsa
Lyricist: Javed Akhtar
Star Cast: Abhishek Bachchan, Sarah Jane Dias, Boman Irani, Jimmy Shergill, Gul Panag, Soniya Jehan, Shahana Goswami, Kangna Ranaut, Sikander Kher, Anupam Kher, Gauhar Khan
April 1, 2011
This Game sucks, that too big time! Thankfully we have a better game to concentrate on this weekend! But one question that has been baffling us ever since “Game” released is how can Farhan Akhtar be a part of such a lusterless cinema? Simply unbelievable, but now that he has been, he too needs to get a slice of the brunt. And mind it; this slice would be a big one! Coming to the movie, there is style, there is panache. The locales are exotic and so are the frames - each better than the other. But somebody please inform all the directors that these factors do contribute to make a movie a hit but only a bit, not completely. At the end of the day, we need a heart and a soul in the story, which in case of “Game” is far off.
And if you don’t believe us, we’ll share with you something that was the crux of the movie - Kabir Malhotra (Anupam Kher) invites a nightclub owner (Abhishek Bachchan), a journalist (Shahana Goswami), a Bollywood superstar (Jimmy Shergill), and a slimy politico (Boman Irani) to his island only to tell them that he has been plotting their downfall for three years and that he would take revenge from them. Well well, is it wise to call people over for a sleepover only to inform them that you are gonna ruin them? Sounds bizarre, isn’t it? If this is any less, one more example will make it clear to you - every now and then characters come up with lines like, “And the Game begins” and “It’s not over” when there is actually nothing much happening. Whoa! We wish the game had actually begun for once before the movie ended!
Agreed “Game” belongs to the thriller genre, but sadly, there is nothing thrilling about the movie (pun intended). The pace of the movie is languid and indolent, if we may blatantly put it. Even a novice moviegoer would be able to predict what is to follow, for the lack of immediacy. Adding to the woes is the lack of twists and turns. Imagine watching a thriller movie that is as flat as Calista Flockhart’s or Nicole Richie’s belly (oopps, no offense meant!) There is no breakthrough, no twist and no bend whatsoever. And whatever teensy weensy bit that happens is unintentionally hilarious and uproarious. However, what works for the movie is the technical department. The cinematography is exceptional and so is the sound design.
If “Game” was Abhishek Bachchan’s saving grace, then God please save him for “Game”, by no means, can be a savior. His angel-demon trapeze is like a spider’s cobweb, everything jumbled and chaotic. Boman Irani is not in his usual self and so ends up giving a lousy performance. Anupam Kher, on the other hand, is far off from his best. As for Kangana Ranaut, we wish her good luck for her next endeavor, for this cop act of hers’ is just passable. “Game” was supposed to be the debut movie for Sarah Jane Dias but her existence is as inconsequential as the script of the movie. Jimmy Shergill and Shahana Goswami had nothing much to work on. All in all, a sad state of affairs as far as this “Game” is concerned. We hope things do not end up being as sad as this at Wankhede tomorrow!
Game Hindi Movie Pre-release Review
After ‘Karthik Calling Karthik’ bombed at the box-office last year, Farhan Akhtar is back with a bang with a suspense-murder mystery titled ‘Game’. The movie marks the debut of Abhinay Deo as a director and former Miss India, Sarah Jane Dias, as one of the leading ladies in the flick. The film talks of a talented star-studded cast comprising of Abhishek Bachchan, Kangna Ranaut, Anupam Kher, Boman Irani, Jimmy Shergill, and others. Jointly produced by Ritesh Sidhwani and Farhan Akhtar, the movie has been presented under the banner Excel Entertainment and distributed by Eros International Ltd. The songs have been scripted by the legendary Javed Akhtar, while the music is composed by the trio maestro Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy. ‘Game’ is set to drop in theaters on April 1, 2011.
After a decent number of light romantic deliveries, Farhan Akhtar is back in action. Action, comedy, friendship, betrayal, love, suspense, thrill, enmity - ‘Game’ has them all. What else do you expect from a movie? The plot of the movie revolves around four strangers and their lives, who graduate into suspects of a murder that none of them is involved in. A druglord (Abhishek Bachchan), a journalist (Shahana Goswami), a movie star (Jimmy Shergill), and a politician (Boman Irani) are called off to a private island in Samos, Greece, by Kabir Malhotra. With this, begins the twisting game of blood, chases, gunfights, and standoffs.
Set across five international destinations, Turkey, Thailand, England, India, and Greece, all the suspects are tangled to one another without anyone being spared. Will they be able to escape their inkling or will all the suspects have to raise their hands and give up like a pawn into this pool of blood is something to watch out for! The posters and exciting trailers are already creating ripples and soaring waves amongst Abhishek Bachchan and Farhan Akhtar fans. Watch out for the newcomer Sarah’s super-glam avatar grabbing eyeballs for her sizzling song ‘Kaisi sunao mein ye dastaan’. Wait till 1st April, 2011 and check out whether or not ‘Game’ turns out to be a rousing plot.