DRIVE has finally got a release, that too on an OTT platform. As a result, there is a lot of negativity about the film. So is DRIVE really as disappointing as it is supposed to be? Or is it a good pastime? Let us analyze.
DRIVE is the story of a group of thieves who are planning the country’s biggest successor. Tara (Jacqueline Fernandez) runs a courier company in Delhi and specializes in illegal transfers for criminals. He is assisted in this by Bikki (Vikramjit Virk) and Naina (Sapna Pabbi). The trio, apart from being involved in street racing, focuses on finding a thief named Raja (Sushant Singh Rajput). He works alone and loots in style. After stealing, he leaves the name of the place where he will make the next heir. After robbing a jewelery shop, he signals that his next target is Rashtrapati Bhavan! Irfan (Boman Irani) shocked when he received this information from the PMO. He teamed up with Vibha Singh (Vibha Chibber), director of the Monetary Sanctions Department, and his junior, Hamid (Pankaj Tripathi), to ensure that the king is one of the safest and most important institutions to not loot the country. The king however confronts Tara, Bikki and Sapna and when he finds them trustworthy, the king tells them of his true identity. At the same time, Tara also expressed a desire to loot the Rashtrapati Bhavan for a specific reason. She finds out that Vibha deducts 40% from the people she raids. After getting her share, she gives a clean chit to the accused. Vibha has discovered a secret chamber in Rashtrapati Bhavan, where she has deposited all the money. Tara seeks the king’s help in looting this hidden treasure. However, security in Rashtrapati Bhavan is unique. The objective is to enter the palace, dodge security and CCTV cameras, locate the loot and drive it out of the building. What happens next makes the rest of the film.
The story of Tarun Mansukhani is lousy and bhel puri Many films like RACE, DHOOM, FAST & FURIOUS, OCEAN’S ELEVEN, SAAHO and even Karan Johar’s previous forgotten film, UNGLI. Tarun Mansukhani’s screenplay does not produce the desired effect as it is very difficult to understand. There are twists and turns every 10–15 minutes, but instead of adding to the charm of the film, it ends up on the audience’s nerves. Tarun Mansukhani’s dialogues are simple and straight forward.
The direction of Tarun Mansukhani is nothing great. He tries to do Abbas-Mustan but fails miserably. The film lacks emotional touch. You are not really rooted for any character as you do not feel for them. There is little hint of Tara’s past, but that is about it. Some of the developments are frightening. The track of Arjun (Anuj Jain) is difficult to understand, especially how he managed to get into Tara’s gang. Surprisingly, Tara and her team do not kick him despite knowing that he is an undercover officer! The flow of the narrative is also fragmented by two songs. Shockingly, ‘Makhna’ The song comes on suddenly. For no rhyme or reason, Tara and the gang heads to Israel. No explanation given! The producers, most of all, could have added Tara’s voice to their gang saying they should take a break for a few days but alas!
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DRIVE starts on a fair note. The opening scene is immediately reminiscent of the street racing scenes of FAST & FURIOUS. But there is a nice surprise as the winner of a race is expected to become Sushant. Instead, it is Jacqueline who gets out of the car. The way the king hides Tara’s men at the jewelery shop and gets the seized car back from the soldier, he also charges interest. This problem soon begins as the film becomes too complicated or too uncomplicated. The second part focuses on the gang trying to loot the treasure from Rashtrapati Bhavan. It is very difficult to believe in the manner in which they find a place easily. Furthermore, various twists and turns confuse them rather than impress the audience. Many questions remain unanswered until the very end.
Sushant Singh Rajput failed to give his best. In scenes where he is about to give an I-am-a-smart cool smile to watch, he looks quite awkward. Jacqueline Fernandez is actually much better. He is the head of the gang. Apart from this, she also sees quite a lot of oomph. Vikramjit Virk does well as per his character’s requirement. Sapna Pabbi has a stunning screen presence and works well. Boman Irani is as reliable as ever. Pankaj Tripathi is apt for the part and even raises some laughter. Vibha Chibber suits the character. The same goes for Kaustubh Kumar (Raj). Anuj Jain is hardly anyone. Major Bikramjit Kanwarpal (Inspector Rathore) is decent.
The music suits the film’s mood, but does not have a shelf life. ‘Karma’, In the opening credits, is the best of many. ‘Makhna’ The film is forced. Same goes for ‘Prem Pujari’. ‘Black car’ And ‘You don’t know’ Are re-charged for background and are forgettable. Karan’s background score is stylish.
Vishal Sinha has complaints in cinematography. But in the Israeli scene, the lensman should have captured beauty rather than merely going for BTS-style camerawork. The production design of Parichit Paralkar is quite good. He had a challenging task as he had to ensure that the sets resembled the various rooms and rooms of the Rashtrapati Bhavan. In that regard, he is successful for the most part. Fluidmask Studio’s VFX is, however, very hard and fake. The action of Stephen Richter and Vikram Dahiya is nothing spectacular. Ideally the film should have had more action names in addition to the car chase scenes. Samidha Wanganu’s costumes are very rich and attractive, especially worn by Jacqueline and Sapna. Tarun Mansukhani’s editing is average.
Overall, DRIVE gives déjà vu of many other films in this genre and fails to impress on the basis of misleading and unrelated plot. Avoidable