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Game (2011) - Hindi Movie Review

Game (2011) - Hindi Movie Review

Cast and Crew:

Starring: Abhishek Bachchan, Kangna Ranaut, Sarah-Jane Dias, Jimmy Shergill, Boman Irani, Anupam Kher, Shahana Goswami
Directed by: Abhinay Deo
Produced by: Farhan Akhtar, Ritesh Sidhwani
Screenplay by: Althea Delmas Kaushal
Story by: Althea Delmas Kaushal
Singers: Shreya Ghoshal, Kshitij Wagh, Aditi Singh Sharma, K K, Shaan, Anusha Mani, Loy Mendonsa, Sunitha Sarathy, Vishal Dadlani
Lyricist: Javed Akhtar
Music by: Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy
Cinematography: Kartik Vijay
Editing by: Amitabh Shukla
Distributed by: Excel Entertainment, Eros International Ltd.

The film is a story of four strangers who are invited by Kabir Malhotra to an island in Greece only to discover that they should have never went there. The four strangers over here are Neil Menon [Abhishek Bachchan], O.P. Ramsay [Boman Irani], Tisha Khanna [Shahana Goswami] and Vikram Kapoor [Jimmy Sheirgill].

The four characters have no contacts with each other till they come to the Samos island, Greece. Beginning of the movie, Anupam Kher tells out why they are invited to the island and what they should do. As a part of the mission Neil travels from Istanbul to Turkey and then immediately lands in Mumbai. Though the action episodes are picturised taking into the account of action genre, Neil does his set out work with so ease that one wonders where’s the reality quotient in it considering Game coming from Farhan Akhtar.

Neil’s true identity is revealed later. God knows what was the writer upto in revealing it. Immediately after this all of the four land in the same place where they began on hearing some mishap to Tisha. As the story progresses one can usually identify the mystery, so what’s the point of being a murder drama/thriller, can’t understand?

Director Abhinay Deo, a familiar face in the ad world was more on capturing the locales beautifully than making the story more engrossing. In locations such as Greece, Istanbul, London, and Bangkok apart from Mumbai, Game’s story unfolds. Even though Deo was given a weak subject to deal with, he hardly matches up to the expectations that Farhan and Ritesh have bestowed on him.

Though the first half of the film is full of twists and turns, the second half is placid. Writing is at its weakest in Game and the film fails only with regards to it. Wonder whether Shankar, Ehsaan and Loy are behind the music of the film as no song grabs one’s attention.

Abhishek is given a character which hardly has any scope to perform. Sarah does an ok job with her debut. She looks gorgeous in the film. Boman as the Thai politician over acts. Shergill and Sahana do there best in miniscule roles. Kangana as the police officer is a saving grace to the film though there are some problems with her diction.

Special mention for the Cinematographer Kartik Vijay Thyagarajan who does an excellent job. One of the best camerawork’s that one can associate off late. Farhan Akhtar’s dialogues are good. Ram Sampath’s background is laudable compromising the defects of music trio.

The chase sequence on the roof-tops of Turkey is pulsating to watch. Moments like these are very minimal in Game when they should have been more.

On the whole a Video Game in home is more entertaining than this Game.

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