REEL DEAL: Race 2 REVIEW

I was never a fan of Bollywood film until last 2011 when I saw the blockbuster movie "3 idiots" which I consider one of my best films of all time. And after that I appreciated the beauty and wonder of Indian films that goes beyond the song and dance numbers which I could consider very well made some even better what hollywood can do.

And this year might also be a year to start watching more of them with SM Cinemas bringing them here and to be shown on the silver screens. To start of the year is an action-suspense movie "RACE 2" starring Saif Ali Khan, Anil Kapoor, John Abraham, Deepika Padukone, Jacqueline Fernandez, Ameesha Patel, and Rajesh Khattar. Directed by Mustan Burmawalla/ Abbas Burmawalla

The story of Race 2 is set in the lush locales of exotic Europe, with a backdrop of gambling and Casinos. A fast paced thriller that takes the legacy of 'Race 1' forward, with high octane action, combined with thrills and twists that have a roller coaster effect, and edge of the seat excitement. 
"The expectations from Race 2 are humongous and we plan to make it bigger and better than the first part." —Taurani on Race 2

The film's shooting was set to begin on October 5, 2011 but got postponed to accommodate Deepika Padukone's dates causing scheduling conflicts with Sonakshi Sinha. Sinha's dates conflicted with her filming schedule for Dabangg 2 (2012), forcing her to drop out. Priyanka Chopra was rumored to be re-offered the part that she was initially offered as a replacement for Padukone but the producers denied these rumors and confirmed that Padukone's dates have been worked out. Following Sinha's ouster, Jacqueline Fernandez, Nargis Fakhri and Zarine Khan were rumored to be considered as a replacement but it is Fernandez who finally bagged the role. Shortly afterwards, it was announced that Bipasha Basu would be reprising her role as Sonia in a cameo appearance, and continuing to be Khan's girlfriend. Despite rumours suggesting that Basu will be sharing screen space with ex-boyfriend John Abraham for the first time after their breakup, Abraham denied this.

Filming

The film's first shooting schedule began on November 5, 2011 in Mumbai for 15 days, wrapping up on the 20th. Meanwhile, Sanjay Dutt was in talks to join the cast of the film, but he dropped out due to scheduling conflicts. The second schedule commenced on January 23, 2012 in Mumbai. However, Deepika Padukone dropped out within six days of filming because the film was always being rescheduled. Henceforth, the film's producer Ramesh Taurani released a statement to the media deeming Padukone's behavior as "unethical, unprofessional and unacceptable". According to reports, Priyanka Chopra, Kareena Kapoor and Chitrangda Singh, the original choices for the film, were approached to replace Padukone. It was also rumored that Asin Thottumkal was shortlisted for that part. Also, it was reported that Nargis Fakhri was offered the role to replace Padukone, although it has been rumoured that she declined the offer, thus, avoiding any controversies regarding her and Padukone. However, Padukone and Taurani agreed on a settlement after much negotiation and the filming continued as planned. Jacqueline Fernandez, John Abraham and Deepika Padukone joined the cast in May at Istanbul for the third schedule. On October 7, 2012, the shooting for the film was completed.

Race 2 is exclusively shown in SM Cinemas, opens this 2013 in SM Theaters.

Deliberation time kids! 

Show summary in 3 lines: Action Conspiracy Dancing
Technical Effects: 3 out of 5 stars (Cinematography was astonishing however some technical effects are not that fine as you would expect)
Plot: 4 out of 5 stars (The plot is full of surprizes, interesting twists and yes the musical production is really great)
Acting and Actors: 4 out of 5 stars  (The take Bollywood into the next level with the main cast are an interesting bunch with extreme personalities but also meet with agreements) 
Music and Soundtracks:  4 out for 5 stars (I may not understand what the songs says, but it was so $^&% good!)
DVD Worthiness: YAY! 
Pros:  Musical production numbers, Various locations, Plot, Characters, Set Design, Cinematography
Cons:  technical effects, overused lines, physics
Overall Rating: 3.9 out of 5 stars (I could say is a thrilling action film with complete entertainment in an almost 3-hour movie which is gives you a bang for your buck. For Bollywood, is a promising film for upcoming Indian action films)



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