Verdict: An average heist film that loses its potential.
Directed by Tarun Mansukhani, Drive was earlier set to have a theatrical release but is now streaming on Netflix. The movie is bankrolled by Dharma Productions and stars Sushant Singh Rajput, Jacqueline Fernandez, Boman Irani, Pankaj Tripathi and others. Vishal Sinha has handled the cinematography for Drive while the VFX is handled by Fluiidmask Studios. Tarun Mansukhani’s last directed film was the hugely popular Dostana starring Abhishek Bachchan, John Abraham and Priyanka Chopra.
What’s Drive About:
Tarun Mansukhani’s Drive revolves around a gang of robbers led by Tara (Jacqueline Fernandez). Tara trusts only two people – Bikki (Vikramjeet Virk) and Naina (Sapna Pabbi). Apart from big robberies, the gang also takes part in car races organized by Big Boy Toys. Another thief who goes by the name ‘King’ is involved in the big robberies around the country, always leaving behind a ‘King’ card. His last robbery at a high-end jewelry store creates panic among the government authorities. King also leaves behind clues of his next robbery, which is set to take place at the Rasthrapati Bhavan. The Prime Minister’s office entrusts Irfan (Boman Irani) to capture King. While Irfan is after King, Tara’s gang wants to get their hands on the gold hidden by King. Soon, Sushant Singh Rajput’s character joins their gang by impressing Tara. But is there more to him than what he shows? The movie goes on to explore his reality and the final robbery.
Drive has a few peppy songs that will definitely be part of many party playlists. The songs, although unnecessary in a film such as this, stand-out. Jacqueline Fernandes surprises with a good performance as the stylish gang leader. Sapna Pabbi as Naina and Vikramjeet Virk as Bikki prove their mettle in the few scenes, that they seem to have a lot more potential, just like this film.
What Could’ve Been Better:
The major problem with Drive is its lip-syncing. The dubbing has failed miserably at most times. The CGI is below par and if the makers were aiming for Hollywood’s level of high-octane car-chase sequences, Drive comes nowhere near it. The CGI is a huge letdown in a film that could have been Bollywood’s version of The Fast And The Furious. Drive also becomes predictable and offers nothing new. Brilliant artists like Pankaj Triparhi, Boman Irani and Vibha Chibber have poorly written roles.
Why You Should Watch:
If you are a fan of Sushant or Jacqueline, you should watch Drive. Both actors perform well in the roles they were given.