Ever had roast chicken with lentils and whipped cream with a dash of lemon? Odd and distasteful isn’t it? Let us go ahead and spoil it for you, Race is a mash-up all kinds of genres and films which just doesn’t settle right in the stomach.
Chaitanya (Karthik), Siddharth (Bharath Kishore) and Abhiram (Vikram) are friends from childhood. Chaitanya is crazy about money and Siddharth about girls; the only vice that Abhiram has is to help others. Chaitanya decides to ditch his old girlfriend (Nikitha Narayan) and marry Neha who is going to bring him lots of dowry. The three decide to have a bachelor’s vacation in Bangkok. After a long montage song, showing the various sights and sounds of Bangkok, the trio come across a dead body and a whole lot of cash. The three decide to keep all the money (close to one million US dollars). As the fun ride continues, they meet Disha Pandey and quite predictably Abhiram falls for her. By taking the money, the trio put themselves in a funny and dangerous situation with a Mafia don who is out to get their money. What follows is a haphazard tale of kidnapping, fighting, chasing, searching and trading with goons.
If you’ve read until now carefully, you will not need to read the rest because we trust you’ve already judged the screenplay to be haphazard and careless. Cardboard characters show no depth and the film is filled with slapstick jokes — those especially stereotyping Bangkok, sex and girls. The twists towards the end get nauseating. There is simply nothing to look forward to in this film. After a point, there needs to be some semblance of a script and Race looked like a teenager’s fantasy of a bachelor’s party gone all wrong.
Cast: Vikram, Karthik, Bharath Kishore, Nikitha Narayan, Disha Pandey
Director: Ramesh Raparthy