While Race and Race 2 were more about the content and the twists in the plot, Race 3 is all about Salman Khan. There are some twists in this tale too but predictable ones. The fact is that if one casts Salman Khan, then it's evident that the focus will be on him because of his star status, but that's not what the Race franchise promised.
Will Race 3 work for Salman Khan? Well, only time will tell if it will. With Eid around the corner, it will surely get a bumper opening. But if fans don't enjoy a film, credibility takes a beating. It happened to him with Tubelight, which turned out to be a dud. Salman had finally started earning credibility as an actor with films like Bajrangi Bhaijaan and Sultan. His last release Tiger Zinda Hai also got a thumbs up from fans and critics. If Salman had joined the franchise, it might have worked; he doesn't just join this one - he owns it.
All that matters is that a film has to be entertaining. Director Remo D'Souza doesn't have the grip over the franchise the way Abbas Mustan did. Yes, he has spent a lot of money and blown up fancy cars and used choppers. Spending money is easy but spending it well is not. After watching Race 3, you feel it's a monstrous waste of big bucks.
(Rohit Khilnani is a senior entertainment journalist based in Mumbai, he is also the author of the book I Hate Bollywood. Information about box-office collections and whereabouts of films stars is at the back of his hand. He starts and ends his day by taking his dog, for walks)
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