Review: The 'Game' is not on

Indian movie Game was a big disappointment; bad acting, bad editing and a bland soundtrack.

Faryal Najeeb April 10, 2011
Although Game has an interesting cast, it fails dismally to get any points, when it comes to reviews. Actors Jimmy Shergill, Boman Irani, Abhishek Bachchan, Kangana Ranaut and Anupam Kher star in the mystery action movie.

The Farhan Akhtar and Ritesh Shidwani release does not live up to the high expectations I had after watching the trailers.

The good thing is that Game wastes no item with background score and meaningless shots. Multi-millionaire character Kabir Malhotra (Anupam Kher) invites four strangers from different parts of the world, each with a murky past to his private island, Samos.

They are:

  • Ramsay (Boman Irani) a politician running for presidential seat in Thailand but secretly involved in the human-trafficking trade

  • Neil Menon (Abhishek Bachchan), a casino owner with a secret drug-peddling business

  • Bollywood actor Vikram Kapoor (Jimmy Shergill) who has a drinking problem

The story around revenge, retribution and jealousy as Malhotra discovers the existence of his illegitimate daughters Tisha, a journalist and her twin sister Maya (Sarah Jane Dais).

But soon we learn that Maya, a cabaret dancer is dead and the men on that her father has invited all had a hand in leading to chain of events that led to her death. But who killed her?

Malhotra is eager to exact revenge but one day after his guests arrive - he has  mysteriously ‘commited suicide’.

Enter Sia (Kangana Ranaut), who is an investigation officer.

Over the course of the investigation process, we learn that Menon was in love with Maya. He eventually sets out to take revenge from Ramsay and Kapoor too - for their role in Maya's death. What follows is bad acting,  atrociously edited scenes, bland music (Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy, the star trio totally lost their touch here) and some really stupid dialogue.

The film isn't all bad. The picturesque landscapes of Thailand, Greece, India, Turkey and UK make for some pleasant viewing. There are also a few good twists and turns, butfor anyone who has ever watched a murder mystery it's pretty obvious who the killer is.

At the end of the film, Malhotra is dead; Kapoor is dead; Ramsay's life is ruined; the murderer is caught; Sia saves yet another day; Menon is the hero of the movie (he gets away with everything from crime to murder) and Maya ki athma ko shanty mil gayi (her soul rests in peace).

Are you upset that I have revealed the end? I haven’t - all this happens even before the intermission!

Go watch the movie to find out who the murderer is and why the murder was committed in the first place.
Faryal Najeeb A sub-editor on the business pages of The Express Tribune. She has a passion for commerce journalism.
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