Ready, Steady, No-Go!

MN

So Saif, hair slicked back with tons of gel and outfitted in very swish suits, looks just like he did as a suave spy in Agent Vinod. John Abraham sports such bulging biceps, you fear for his arms. Only Anil Kapoor, who is carrying his ultra-trim fifty-plus persona easily these days, manages to look as if he is enjoying himself. Given the deeply-visible-cleavage-bare-midriff-very-bare-legs dress code, you could easily interchange the girls without doing them injustice: even Ameesha, who shows up here in the thankless role of RD's dumb blonde "assistant" (remember Sameera Reddy in this role?), has to fall in line with the rest.

When the cast is all properly kitted out, it is made to carry out heists in sacred European churches (the Shroud of Turin, no less, of whatever significance that might be), shoot at each other, dance with elbows and pelvis out, spin roulette balls, and outwit each other. Oh yes, if it is an Abbas-Mustan flick, it must have songs on the beach and mustangs cantering, too. Or how else will it be called "Race"?

My favourite line from the film (there are several, including Kapoor doing an Ajit, saying "good buoy") comes from Jacqui's bow-shaped mouth: men are many, but money is money. So profound, no?

And oh yes, all indications lead us to believe that there will be a third instalment. Don't say we didn't warn you.

shubhra.gupta@expressindia.com

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