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Game  : An unexciting game
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Friday, April 1, 2011
Abhinay Deo
Abhishek Bachchan, Kangana Ranaut, Sarah Jane Dias, Jimmy Sheirgill, Gauhar Khan, Shahana Goswami, Boman Irani, Anupam Kher
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A bunch of underdeveloped characters running around some really fabulous locations but not managing to transmit their adrenaline rush to the audience. Blame it on a baggy script that goes nowhere.

The plot: Billionaire Kabir Malhotra (Anupam Kher) entices Neil Menon (Abhishek Bachchan), OP Ramsay (Boman Irani), Tisha Khanna (Shahana Goswami) and Vikram Kapoor (Jimmy Sheirgill) into visiting his spectacular private island Samos. Turns out he’s on a revenge spree to avenge his dead daughter Maya (Sarah Jane Dias). Maya is the common link between strangers Neil Menon, Ramsay, Vikram Kapoor and Tisha. The next morning there’s one dead and the not-so-interesting Game begins. Is it suicide or murder? How true were Kabir’s allegations? What’s the proof he professed to have against them? Before these questions pop your head, enter woman power, Siya Agnihotri (Kangana Ranaut), Chief Investigating Officer with her team. And then the plot meanders.

The good: The locations! Game has an assortment of striking, colourful and intriguing lanes and by-lanes and is upbeat on the style quotient. The first half might make you feel that there are a lot of interesting twists and turns coming your way but when you return after grabbing a bite in the interval, there are even more questions left unanswered. Abhishek is okay in the predictable role but really, there’s no attempt to rise above the script. The rest of the cast too, have done their bit. Kangana’s toned down character looks great on her and Anupam Kher deserves special mention.

The bad: In the first half, there’s promise shown of tying up some logical knots but when they do get untied in very stereotypical Hindi film manner (read, Abhishek’s real identity, ho hum) or an ‘Exposed Magazine’ is sold at signals, you go, oh, no, spare us the tripe please. The few attempts at humour don’t fit in and look forced. Boman Irani is surprisingly over the top. The music (Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy) also doesn’t leave you with anything that’ll make you remember it once you leave the theatres. And the end is predictable long time before the movie actually ends, leaving several unanswered question marks.

Overall: It appears like the first half was scripted in the morning after waking up and the second half which was the most important part, was scripted just before sleeping. So you know what to do. Just turn over and go back to sleep!

– Pooja Thakkar

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