Shamsher Singh (Anil Kapoor) is a warlord who runs his business on both legal and illegal terms on a foreign island, far away from India where he is wanted. He has three heirs to his business, Sikander (Salman Khan) and his two twins Sanjana (Daisy Shah) and Suraj (Saqib Saleem). The twins are however jealous of their father’s uninhibited favouritism towards their older brother and hatch a plot to decimate him (Sikander).
Will they be successful in it? Can Sikander escape from their traps? How will all of this affect the relationships of the siblings?
Positive Points: –
- Race 3 maintains its engrossing nature at a whooping time-length of about 160 minutes.
- It’s less illogical than what we were shown in its trailers and definitely better than most of our expectations.
- Anil Kapoor’s charismatic and enigmatic performance.
Negative Points: –
- The screenplay promises a lot to offer but gets muddled up in its own attempt to make an intelligent film.
- The lusterless performances of the rest of the cast who simply had no idea as to how to emote or express themselves in the skins of their characters.
- Blarney action montages which only make the film look more idiotic and more deplorable.
- A disappointing technical execution in terms of its sound mixing and dubbing.
- Plot holes, plot holes and plot holes!!!
Direction, Screenplay & Other Technicalities: –
The movie had received a lot of backlash much before its release owing to its meaningless dialogues (Our business….), inane action sequences and lackluster music. Honestly speaking I had even lower expectations from it but it proved to be better than that. The opening sequence was so dramatically set up that one could possibly be forced to reevaluate his/her preconceived notions about the film. I personally believe that as a director Remo D’Souza has tried a lot to make his film likeable but the Bollywood norms of commercialisation only deterred his efforts. Given its interesting story setup, it could have been a good action-thriller but writers Shiraz Ahmed and Kiran Kotrial bungled it up in order to offer us several plot twists. While a twist or two actually made the film interesting at one point of time, their regular use only made it predictable and exasperating to watch. The dialogues are polarizing, wonderful at times and extremely bad at others. The growth of the characters has been poor as well and the only focus the writers had was probably on Shamsher and Sikander. Adding to the misery was the hackneyed manner of how the characters were made. We would have loved to see the ill-facets of Sikander but to our disappointment, he is set up as this ideal Bollywood hero which Indian cinema worships.
Coming to the technical execution, the fight sequences are vibrant and blustering with very little room for logic and novelty. The sound mixing is terrible here as we have both the score and ambience sounds at their peak during the action montages, creating a feeling of discomfort to one’s helpless ears because the noise is only accentuated by the cheers of Salman Khan fans in the theatre. There are several instances of failed dubbing and lip-syncs by the actors as well. The music here is a disappointment because the previous flicks of the franchise had wonderful songs. Here, the songs are not only bad but are also distracting from the film’s narrative.
Anil Kapoor is the star of the film. He literally rules the screen with his mere presence, let alone his terrific act. Not enough of him is one of the major misses of Race 3.
Salman Khan hardly acts in the film. He either smiles or he doesn’t and apart from that, he has no other kind of facial expressions (Except for a moment in its climax). At times, his eyes aren’t even focusing on the actor with whom his character is interacting. The only thing that works for him is his charisma and his fans in the theatre. Period!
Sharat Saxena may not have much to do here but he’s definitely sterling in his brief stint.
Bobby Deol tries hard to make a mark here but his character was too recklessly written to even let him do so.
Saqib Saleem probably had no idea as to what he was doing. His expressions, as well as dialogues, are grotty. He has been the worst performer in this ensemble.
Daisy Shah and Jacqueline Fernandez just had to look pretty and kick a few sons of guns in the film and they were fine with it because no one saw the acting anywhere around or in them.
Final Verdict: –
Race 3 as a pastiche to the typical masala flicks of Indian cinema ends up caricaturing the entire industry which gave it a platform to perform. It’s plagued by its over-smartness in its writing, nonsensical action sequences, uninspiring performances and many more glitches in terms of its technicalities particularly its sound mixing. This film will go down as an exemplary example in quora articles as to ‘What’s wrong with Bollywood’ but the sadder aspect of all of this is that somewhere and I mean it, the movie had chances of being a terrific action-thriller but it only reduces itself to a mindless flick that was made to earn money by providing cheap thrills to its audiences.