Drive (2019 film)

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Drive
Drive Netflix Film.jpg
Netflix release poster
Directed byTarun Mansukhani
Produced byHiroo Yash Johar
Karan Johar
Apoorva Mehta
Written byTarun Mansukhani
StarringSushant Singh Rajput
Jacqueline Fernandez
Vikramjeet Virk
Sapna Pabbi
Music bySongs:
Tanishk Bagchi
Amartya Bobo Rahut
Javed-Mohsin
Score:
QARAN
CinematographyVishal Sinha
Edited byTarun Mansukhani
Production
company
Distributed byNetflix
Release date
  • 1 November 2019 (2019-11-01)
CountryIndia
LanguageHindi

Drive is an 2019 Indian Hindi-language action film written, edited and directed by Tarun Mansukhani and produced by Hiroo Yash Johar, Karan Johar and Apoorva Mehta under Dharma Productions.[1] Starring Sushant Singh Rajput, Jacqueline Fernandez, Vikramjeet Virk and Sapna Pabbi, the story of the film revolves around the manhunt for an infamous 'King' for a robbery of 300 Kilograms of gold. An undercover agent infiltrates a street racing gang who is chasing the King.[2][3][4][5] The film was scheduled to release on 7 September 2018, but was pushed to 28 June 2019, ultimately to not see a theatrical release. It was directly released on Netflix on 1 November 2019.[6][7]

Plot[edit]

Vibha Singh (Vibha Chibber) is a corrupt bureaucrat in the Accounts Department of the Government who pushes many of her clients into giving her "percentages" of their money which may either have been stolen or confiscated. With the support of her assistant Hamid (Pankaj Tripathi), she continues to do so and keeps hiding the money in a basement of the Rashtrapati Bhavan which is only known to her, and resumes her lifestyle until she receives news from Kirit Ojha, the Principal Secretary to the Prime Minister, that her help is needed critically by the Prime Minister for a certain task, and Ojha sends his man, Irfan(Boman Irani) to work with them and start an investigation from within their department to avoid being caught, as the investigation in question is against the notorious criminal King, who has recently stolen jewels from a jewelry house owner Mehta, and has claimed that his next target would be the Rashtrapati Bhavan. For the same, a hacker from the technical department, named Raj (Gaurav Chaudhari), is chosen to decipher messages of the gang.

Hamid and Irfan go on to investigate a street racing gang whose members have been striving hard to get close to King. The gang, composed of the leader, Tara (Jacqueline Fernandez) and her associates and friends Bikki (Vikramjeet Virk) and Nain (Sapna Pabbi), indulges in illegal street racing, and while Irfan speculates that a certain Arjun can infiltrate the gang and earn more information on King, a man appears out of nowhere. The man, Samar (Sushant Singh Rajput), disrupts Tara when she tries to meet a recent street race winner, and wins Tara's trust by regaining the car given to him along with some money, when he loses both upon being caught by a policeman, Rathore (Bikramjeet Kanwarpal). Through the very course of events that follows suit, Samar bonds well with Tara, Bikki and Naina, holidaying with the group in Israel for the next few days, when Irfan realizes, along with Singh and Hamid, during that several messages that they have been receiving ostensibly as customer care offer messages are actually coded messages. They ask Raj to decipher the railcode messages, and discover that King's loot is located near the Gopigunj police station. Tara receives the message and sets out with Bikki and Naina to retrieve it, with the police, headed by Irfan and Hamid, in hot pursuit, when it is revealed that the infiltrator, Arjun (Anuj Jain), was part of the street racing gatherings, and has been able to take the lead against the trio, but Tara, Bikki and Naina are then saved by a mysterious entity, who is then revealed to be Samar himself. Admitting himself to be King, even as he used the name as a simple criminal alias to commit robberies, Samar gets the group going on the coveted Rashtrapati Bhavan robbery, which is aimed to get them their hands on Singh's money, and their plan begins to work, but days later, much close to the heist, Irfan realizes that Raj was actually allied with King, and puts him to interrogation, hampering the hacking aspects of the group's plan.

On the eve of the heist, Samar relays to Tara that he will legitimately convert the stolen money to diamonds and store them in the Museum of London, and even as Bikki and Naina get married, Samar gets an alternate plan ready to be executed. The heist works perfectly well when Irfan, Hamid and Singh are put off their guard, with Singh being knocked unconscious and her money stolen, but during the mighty escape to the airport, Samar stands to suffer a diversion upward on the highway that causes him to be caught up in a dead end, which is when Tara reveals to him that she is King, and it was impulsive for her to betray him for all his smartness. Irfan and Hamid catch up with Samar and arrest him.

Two months later, Tara has a changed identity of a random Mrs. Khan, and goes to the Bank of London, with Bikki behind her, to store her diamonds in a vault. However, on the spot, she encounters Samar, who has also changed his identity as one Mr. Sharma, and she soon realizes that Irfan, who then appears before her, was actually Samar's boss, and that Samar was let in on as the early Kirit Ojha. A shocked Tara, along with a helpless Bikki, then walks away with Samar and Irfan into the vault.

Cast[edit]

Production[edit]

Initially, announced as an official remake of Drive starring Ryan Gosling, it was later made into an original film. In October 2017, The New Indian Express reported that a party song for the film was being shot in Tel Aviv, Israel.[8][9] Karan Johar did not like the way the end product had shaped up, so it was delayed.[10]

Marketing and release[edit]

The Dharma Production has released a 23 seconds teaser on 3 January 2019, announcing advanced date of release as 28 June 2019.[11]

The official trailer of the film was unveiled by Netflix on 18 October 2019.[12]

The film was streamed from 1 November 2019 on Netflix as Video on demand.[13][14] The film is the first original film from Dharma Productions to release on Netflix.[15]

Soundtrack[edit]

Drive
Soundtrack album by
Released14 October 2019[16]
Recorded2018-19
StudioRubber Soul Studio
GenreFeature film soundtrack
Length13:56
LanguageHindi
LabelZee Music Company
External audio
Official Audio Jukebox on YouTube

The music is composed by Tanishk Bagchi, Amartya Bobo Rahut and Javed-Mohsin while lyrics are written by Siddhant Kaushal, Ozil Dalal, Tanishk Bagchi and Danish Sabri.

Track listing
No.TitleLyricsMusicSinger(s)Length
1."Makhna"Ozil Dalal, Tanishk BagchiTanishk BagchiYasser Desai, Asees Kaur3:03
2."Karma"Siddhant KaushalAmartya Bobo RahutSukriti Kakar2:26
3."Prem Pujari"Siddhant KaushalAmartya Bobo RahutAmit Mishra, Akasa Singh, Amartya Bobo Rahut, Dev Arijit3:03
4."Black Car"Danish SabriJaved-MohsinSuraj Chauhan, Shivi, Ariff Khan2:45
5."Tu Jaanta Nahi"Danish SabriJaved-MohsinJaved-Mohsin, Parry G, Ceazer2:39
Total length:13:56

Reception[edit]

Bollywood Hungama gave 2 stars out of 5 and said, 'Drive gives a déjà vu of many other films in this genre and fails to impress on account of confusing and unconvincing plot.'[17]

Uday Bhatia of LiveMint called the movie a lazy heist thriller.[18]

Saibal Chatterjee of NDTV rated the movie 1 on 5 stars and wrote, "Drive is so utterly pointless that one wonders why on earth it is on a streaming platform. That is a mystery. It will take some doing to crack. In the meantime, steer clear!"[19]

The Free Press Journal rated the movie 1 and a half stars on five and reviewed, ""Drive" is a film without logic and also without magic. It reminds you Bollywood's days of unimaginative cinema are far from over."[20]

HuffingtonPost wrote, "Between the forgettable songs and the lazily-written dialogues, there are innumerable twists and turns, and not one that pumps up the adrenaline or makes you admire its aesthetic genius. On the contrary, the film offers a lot of unintentional laughs. Sushant Singh Rajput and Jacqueline Fernandez are so wooden, the cars carry more gravitas than their collectively dull performances. As for rest of the cast, they seem impatient and apologetic, as if secretly in on the joke that the film really ends up being."[21]

Shubhra Gupta of The Indian Express rated the movie 1 and half stars on five and wrote, "Drive seems to have been strung up with influences from Hollywood films featuring sharp racing, sleek cars, and canny 'chors’, but has none of the smarts it is aiming at."[22]

Hindustan Times reviewed, "Drive is a lot like the name of its villain – terribly dated. You could build up men named King when they were fighting off others called Lion (or, to be precise, Loin). The film, with its gyrating blondes and street racing, is trying so hard to be the uber-cool racing-heist film but its soul is stuck in the 80s. If it has a soul, that is."[23]

Film Companion reviewed the movie, "This Netflix Film Is An Obviously Bad One; An Ode to Artifice"[24]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Karan Johar announced on Monday morning news that suit and a 'Drive' with Sushant Singh Rajput and Jacqueline Fernandez". The Times of India. 1 March 2017. Retrieved 2 March 2017.
  2. ^ "Drive trailer: Sushant Singh Rajput, Jacqueline Fernandez challenge each other in high-octane thriller- Entertainment News, Firstpost". Firstpost. 18 October 2019.
  3. ^ "Drive first look: Sushant Singh Rajput, Jacqueline Fernandez start shooting for Karan Johar's film". Hindustan Times. HT Media. 1 March 2017. Retrieved 1 March 2017.
  4. ^ Kameshwari, A. (1 March 2017). "Jacqueline Fernandez and Sushant Singh Rajput to go on a 'Drive' with Karan Johar. We sense a desi Fast and Furious?". The Indian Express. Retrieved 2 March 2017.
  5. ^ Thakur, Charu (1 March 2017). "Drive first look: Sushant Singh Rajput-Jacqueline Fernandez begin shooting for KJo's film". India Today. Living Media.
  6. ^ "Drive song Makhna: Sushant Singh Rajput, Jacqueline Fernandez's life is a beach. Watch". Hindustan Times. 3 October 2019.
  7. ^ "Dharma Productions on Twitter". Retrieved 3 January 2019.
  8. ^ "'Drive' marks start of bond between Bollywood, Israel". The New Indian Express.
  9. ^ Surkes, Sue. "Wooed by Israel funding, Bollywood movie filmed in Tel Aviv". www.timesofisrael.com.
  10. ^ "Diljit Dosanjh and Kriti Sanon starrer 'Arjun Patiala' to release on this date - Bollywood movies that postponed their release date". The Times of India.
  11. ^ Dharma Productions [@DharmaMovies] (3 January 2019). "Buckle up, #Drive hits theatres on 28th June, 2019🔥@karanjohar @apoorvamehta18 @Tarunmansukhani @itsSSR @Asli_Jacqueline @foxstarhindi t.co/Jcu3I0vrI1 2019" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  12. ^ "Drive Official Trailer - Jacqueline Fernandez, Sushant Singh Rajput, Pankaj Tripathi - Netflix India". YouTube. Netflix. 18 October 2019.
  13. ^ "Drive to release on November 1 on Netflix". Outlook India.
  14. ^ "No theatre release for Sushant Singh Rajput and Jacqueline Fernandez's Drive". India Today. 20 September 2019.
  15. ^ "Drive: Sushant Singh Rajput, Jacqueline Fernandez's action thriller will now release on Netflix- Entertainment News, Firstpost". Firstpost. 21 September 2019.
  16. ^ "Drive - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack". Jio Saavn.
  17. ^ "Movie Review: Drive". Bollywood Hungama. Retrieved 1 November 2019.
  18. ^ https://www.livemint.com/industry/media/film-review-drive-is-straight-to-digital-for-a-reason-11572608673412.html
  19. ^ https://www.ndtv.com/entertainment/drive-movie-review-sushant-singh-rajput-jacqueline-fernandez-s-film-runs-on-empty-1-star-2125900
  20. ^ https://www.freepressjournal.in/entertainment/drive-movie-review-kjos-netflix-offering-is-neither-fast-nor-furious
  21. ^ https://m.huffingtonpost.in/entry/drive-film-netflix-review-sushant-singh-rajput_in_5dbbfd52e4b057bf50700b41
  22. ^ https://indianexpress.com/article/entertainment/movie-review/drive-movie-review-sushant-singh-rajput-jacqueline-fernandez-6098230/
  23. ^ https://m.hindustantimes.com/bollywood/drive-movie-review-sushant-singh-rajput-s-fast-furious-clone-is-one-of-netflix-s-worst-mistakes-ever/story-MljqT5kY8cssoChoGdCkGO.html
  24. ^ https://www.filmcompanion.in/drive-netflix-2019-movie-review-bollywood-sushant-singh-rajput-jacqueline-fernandez-boman-irani-pankaj-tripathi/amp/

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