Game (2011 film)
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Abhinay Deo|
|Produced by||Farhan Akhtar
|Screenplay by||Althea Delmas Kaushal|
|Story by||Althea Delmas Kaushal|
|Music by||Original Songs:
|Edited by||Amitabh Shukla|
|Distributed by||Excel Entertainment
Eros International Ltd.
|Budget||₹ 24 crore|
|Box office||₹ 112.87 crore|
Game (Hindi: गेम) is a 2011 Indian Hindi-language action thriller film directed by Abhinay Deo and produced by Farhan Akhtar and Ritesh Sidhwani of Excel Entertainment. It stars Abhishek Bachchan, Kangana Ranaut, Anupam Kher, Sarah-Jane Dias, Shahana Goswami, Boman Irani, Gauahar Khan and Jimmy Shergill among others.
The film is a stylish action thriller and is shot at locations in Mumbai, Samos, Greece, Istanbul, London and Bangkok. It is said to be in the same type of genre as The Bourne Identity trilogy. It is similar to Agatha Christie's And Then There Were None. The theatrical trailer was premièred in theatres with Anees Bazmee's No Problem on 10 December 2010. The film was released on 1 April 2011, and was a massive financial sucess.
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Kabir Malhotra (Anupam Kher) is a billionaire tycoon who invites four people to his island home in Greece, by sending a different letter to each. The four people, who have never met before, are:
- Neil Menon (Abhishek Bachchan), a drug lord in Turkey. He has financial problems with mob bosses that Kabir offers to help with.
- Vikram Kapoor (Jimmy Shergill), an actor with drug and career problems. Kabir writes to him that he wants to finance the biggest film ever made, and offers Vikram a role in it.
- OP Ramsay (Boman Irani), a political leader in Thailand. His campaign is under threat of scandal, and Kabir offers to provide new funding to him.
- Tisha Khanna (Shahana Goswami), a crime journalist in the United Kingdom who is looking for her big break. Kabir writes to her saying that he has a huge story and invites her to cover it.
The four guests arrive on the island, where they are greeted by Kabir's personal assistant Samara Shroff (Gauhar Khan) who takes them into a dining room that is being secretly filmed. There, Kabir reveals that he has invited them because of their link to his daughter, Maya (Sarah-Jane Dias), whom Kabir has spent years trying to find. Maya was trafficked as a child by OP Ramsay, as an adult brought into the crime world by Neil Menon, and in the end killed in a car accident by Vikram Kapoor. Kabir has gathered evidence against the three of them and invited the International Vigilance Squad (IVS) to the island to arrest them. Tisha Khanna, the only innocent one of the group, was invited because, previously unknown to her, she is Maya's fraternal twin sister and Kabir's only remaining biological child. Tisha rejects Kabir's attempts to forge a relationship with her, claiming that she doesn't want his fortune.
Unable to escape the island, the group await the arrival of the IVS. In the morning, they hear what sounds like a gunshot from Kabir's room. They find Kabir Malhotra dead in his study, seemingly having committed suicide with a gun.
The IVS, led by Sia Agnihotri (Kangana Ranaut), arrive on the island. She watches the video of the previous night's speech by Kabir, but as they are unable to find the evidence that Kabir claimed to have, they let the guests go. The case is declared a suicide, but Sia puts all four guests under surveillance.
Through flashback, it is revealed that Neil was in love with Maya, who saved his life during a shootout at his casino. In the present day, Neil takes revenge on OP Ramsay and Vikram for what they did to her, tricking them into giving public confessions of their crimes. Vikram commits suicide, and OP Ramsay dies of a heart attack (his medication being stolen by Neil). Sia, who has been monitoring Vikram and OP Ramsay, knows that Neil is responsible.
It is revealed that Neil is also on the IVS. His real name is Arjun Singhania, and has been in deep cover for many years. He, too, doesn't believe that Kabir committed suicide, and works together with Sia to find the true culprit. Neil noticed that Kabir was left-handed, yet the gun that killed him was in his right hand.
Tisha, as Kabir Malhotra's only child, is to inherit Kabir's fortune, but Neil and Sia receive news that Tisha attempted suicide. When Tisha wakes up, she tells them that it wasn't suicide, but someone attacked her in her house. Meanwhile, Neil has found that Kabir has a brother, Iqbal, who is next in line to inherit his fortune. Sia and Neil travel to the missionary where Iqbal lives, but they find him too ill to speak to them. A nurse tells them that Iqbal had a daughter who died, but Neil notices that there are letters sent to him dated after her supposed to death, so she must still be alive.
Neil and Sia travel back to the island, where they confront the late Kabir's personal assistant, Samara. It is revealed that Samara is Iqbal's daughter and Kabir's biological niece, though Kabir never knew. Neil realised that there was foul play when, at the missionary, he saw a picture of Kabir and Iqbal when they were children, and they were identical twins, so the man in the missionary couldn't have been Kabir's brother. Iqbal reveals himself, explaining that he's been working with Samara to get Kabir's fortune. Tisha was a surprise they hadn't anticipated, so they had to take her out of the picture. They used Kabir's three guilty guests to deflect suspicion from Samara, predicting correctly that the police would suspect one of the guests as responsible for Kabir's murder.
Iqbal attempts to kill Neil and Sia, but Neil resists, which results in Iqbal being killed and Samara arrested.
- Abhishek Bachchan as Neil Menon, a casino owner in Turkey
- Kangana Ranaut as Sia Agnihotri, British police officer
- Gauhar Khan as Samara Shroff, Kabir Malhotra's personal assistant and biological niece. In reality Natasha Malhotra, Iqbal Malhotra's daughter,
- Sarah-Jane Dias as Maya, Kabir Malhotra's one of biological twins daughters, Tisha's fraternal twin sister
- Jimmy Shergill as Vikram Kapoor, a film actor
- Shahana Goswami as Tisha Khanna, a crime journalist, Kabir Malhotra's one of biological twins daughters, Maya's fraternal twin sister
- Boman Irani as OP Ramsay, a political leader in Thailand
- Anupam Kher as Kabir Malhotra, Iqbal Malhotra
- Mohan Kapoor as Karamvir
This film's title was changed from Crooked to the Game by the producers at Excel Entertainment. Aishwarya Rai Bachchan was initially considered for the female lead in the film. However, a new face and two other actresses were later cast for the film. The film has three major leading ladies. Besides Kangana Ranaut, there is Sarah Jane Dias, and Shahana Goswami, who shot to fame with the same banner's Rock On!! three years ago. The film went on the floors in Mumbai on 15 January 2010. Production was postponed due to Deo's wife's health issues.
Game opened poorly at the box office and grossed only ₹ 65.9 million in its first week and was rated a disaster at the box office. By the end of the run the film had only managed to gross 73.8 million.
The film's audio contains seven original songs. The music has been composed by Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy. Lyrics are penned by Javed Akhtar. The film score is composed by Ram Sampath. The soundtrack was released online on the film's official website.
|Soundtrack album by Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy|
|Released||21 February 2011|
|Genre||Feature film soundtrack|
|1.||"It's A Game"||Vishal Dadlani||3:09|
|2.||"It's A Game – Reprise"||Sunitha Sarathy||4:34|
|3.||"Kaun Hai Ajnabi"||KK, Aditi Singh Sharma||3:58|
|4.||"Maine Yeh Kab Socha Tha"||Shaan, Anusha Mani, Loy Mendonsa||5:15|
|5.||"Mehki Mehki"||Shreya Ghoshal, Kshitij Wagh||4:05|
|6.||"Kaun Hai Ajnabi – Remix"||KK, Aditi Singh Sharma||3:44|
|7.||"Mehki Mehki – Remix"||Shreya Ghoshal, Ramiz||3:41|
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