Game: Game has the looks of a stylish film
Starring: Abhishek Bachchan, Kangna Ranaut, Sarah Jane Dias, Anupam Kher, Boman Irani
Direction: Abhinay Deo
Duration: 2 hours
Rating: 3 Out of 5
It’s hard to believe Farhan Akhtar is behind this film, Javed Akhtar has scripted the lyrics and Shankar Ehsaan Loy have given the music. So many stalwarts and so little to savour. Can’t remember a single song that was incidentally shot in a slipshod manner, including the item number by Sarah Jane Dias. And can’t help wonder how Farhan could sign off a film which lacks both soul and substance.
Okay, Game has the looks of a stylish film and is peppered with all the prettiness that goes with big bottom lined bonanzas. The frames look glossy, the locales are exotic and the characters are well coiffured. But they all come across as a bunch of confused souls, caught in a cross-country race, minus conviction. Abhishek’s good-bad trapeze act is a jumble; Kangna’s cop act is by and large clueless; Boman Irani’s corrupt Thai politician act is empty bluster; Anupam Kher’s master of the game montage is peripheral; Sarah Jane Dias makes an inconsequential debut as the girl who dies, God-only-knows-why; and otherwise competent actors, Jimmy Shergill and Shahana Goswami are left high and dry in a script that offers them nothing.
The film predominantly suffers from a lack-lustre script (Althea Delmas Kaushal) which often borders on the corny. Case in point: Even while Jimmy Shergill confesses his crimes, magazine covers on traffic lights are already brandishing the expose. Jet age print journalism, this! Too many loose ends and unanswered questions coupled with characters that completely lack a growth chart reduces Game to a mediocre watch, with predictable twists and turns.