Film : Game (Hindi)
Cast & Crew :Abhishek Bachchan,Kangana Ranaut,Sarah-Jane Dias,Jimmy Shergill,Boman Irani,Anupam Kher,Shahana Goswami
Music : Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy
Cinematography : Kartik Vijay
Editing : Amitabh Shukla
Director : Abhinay Deo
Producer : Farhan Akhtar,Ritesh Sidhwani
Screenplay : Althea Delmas Kaushal
Story : Althea Delmas Kaushal
Distributed by : Excel Entertainment,Eros International Ltd.
Released date :April 1, 2011
Theater Watched :Pvr Cinema’s, Hyderabad.
Rating: 2 / 5
Abhishek Bachan New Hindi Film Game Movie Review:
It’s back to the theatres after a sabbatical. GAME is crucial for Abhishek Bachchan. Also for director Abhinay Deo, this being his first release [though he had signed DELHI BELLY much before he made GAME].But it Seems to be Big Disater for Both Ones .
Anupam Kher may be the owner of an entire island in Greece, but the billionaire isn’t exactly a happy man. Why? Because despite his billions, he hasn’t been able to save one of his daughters (Sarah Jane Dias) from the usual fate that befalls hapless young girls, nor is he able to buy the affections of his second daughter (Shahana Goswami) who hates him for abandoning them. But before he can avenge his misfortune and punish the people responsible for it, he is done away with. Who did it? Will chief investigating officer, Kangna Ranaut be able to find out?
GAME offers Abhishek ample opportunity to prove his mettle. He has delivered some really fine performances in the past [I’d like to single out GURU and KHELEIN HUM JEE JAAN SEY in particular] and he gets it right in the first hour. But no actor can rise beyond a weak script and that’s precisely why he looks far from convincing in the post-interval portions. Kangna acts well and though she seems to have worked on her dialogue delivery, she stills needs to get her diction right. Especially when she converses in English. Sarah Jane Dias looks lovely and for a first timer, makes a decent debut. Anupam Kher doesn’t really get ample scope, while Boman Irani is over the top this time. Jimmy Sheirgill has a miniscule role. Shahana Goswami is wasted, except in the lone sequence when she rebukes Anupam’s claims. Gauhar Khan is alright. Mohan Kapur is first-rate. Benjamin Gilani is adequate.
Technical and Other Departments:
Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy aren’t composers you associate with such a genre and the musical score doesn’t add weight to the goings-on. Ram Sampath’s background score is eclectic. Kartik Vijay Thyagarajan’s cinematography is top notch and the stunning locales of Greece, Istanbul, London and Bangkok give the film a spectacular look. Even otherwise, the production values are of highest order. Dialogue [penned by Farhan Akhtar] are well worded at places. The action and chase sequences are pulsating, especially the one filmed in Istanbul.
GAME is a story of four strangers – Neil Menon [Abhishek Bachchan], O.P. Ramsay [Boman Irani], Tisha Khanna [Shahana Goswami] and Vikram Kapoor [Jimmy Sheirgill] – who have been invited by the reclusive billionaire Kabir Malhotra [Anupam Kher] to his private island of Samos, Greece. A casino owner by profession, Neil has investments in various businesses, some legal and some not so legal. Ramsay is a politician from Thailand, who is running for elections. In fact, he is one of the most powerful men in Thailand. Vikram is a Bollywood superstar, recognized by all on the streets of India and Tisha is a crime journalist, with a career that is going nowhere. None of these characters know each other and neither do they know the billionaire who has invited them to Samos… and by the next morning they will wish they had never come. GAME bears an uncanny resemblance to the Dharmendra-Zeenat Aman starrer SHALIMAR and the more recent LUCK, but the similarity is limited to a number of people congregating at one place. Actually, GAME springs a surprise at the very start, with Anupam Kher spelling out the reasons for inviting the four people on his island. The turn of events thereafter, right till the conclusion of the first half, leave you impressed mainly due to the twists and turns that are hard to envisage. But the turn of events in the second hour leaves you bewildered. Abhishek’s character travels from Istanbul to Bangkok, then Mumbai the very next moment, executing the plan with flourish as if it was child’s play. Difficult to absorb. Then comes a revelation: Abhishek’s true identity, which is very filmi, very clichéd, very formula-ridden… in fact, it seems straight out of 1960s and 1970s cinema, which is hard to absorb today. Much later, something happens to Shahana and all of them land up at Samos once again and the cat is out of the bag, finally. Sadly, the mystery no longer remains a mystery since one can easily guess the identity of the killer, much before the mystery is resolved. All I can say is that the writing becomes outlandish at this juncture.
On the whole, GAME is high on style, but low on substance. Disappointing!
Film : Game (Hindi)