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Raees | Film Review
“Aa raha hoon main” - a line synonymous with Shahrukh Khan in and as Raees. A powerful dialogue that created great buzz among fans and cinephiles alike, and was the centre of all promotional activities related to the film. Needless to say, Khan has arrived with a bang and how. The actor is back with a power packed, full on entertaining film. Raees will to take you back to the 70s, an era of masala entertainers and the angry young man. Read on to know more:
As you watch ‘Shahrukh Khan in and as Raees’ unfold under the opening credits, even a newly turned cinephile is bound to get awestruck. Set in the backdrop of Gujarat of the 70’s and 80s, a time when alcohol prohibition was affected in the state for over two decades, the film traces its central protagonist's journey to the top. His mother’s words - "Koi dhanda chhota ya bada nahi hota, aur dhande se bada koi dharm nahin hota," becomes the main motto of his life. It shows how a young boy living in the bylanes of a small village called Fatehpur goes on to setup his own business and becomes Raees - the most powerful man in the state. Raees is intelligent, smart, witty, determined, brave and above all - a Man of steel with a heart of gold.
Raees will to take you back to the 70s, an era of masala entertainers and the angry young man
Nawazzuddin Siddiqui as ACP Majmudar is brilliant. His character is equally determined to catch hold of Raees and curb his illegal businesses. The relationship between Majumdar and Raees is one of the strongest highlights in the film. Both Nawaz and Khan have played their respective parts quite interestingly and their equation as a cop-thief keeps you engaged throughout the film. Mahira Khan (as Asiya) plays Khan's love interest in the film. The actress has made her presence felt with a strong performance. Rest of the cast too have done good justice to their respective roles, with a deserving mention for both Atul Kulkarni as Jayraaj Bhai and Mohammad Zeeshan Ayyub as Sadiq, who have performed incredibly well.
Both Nawaz and Khan have played their respective parts quite interestingly and their equation as a cop-thief keeps you engaged throughout the film
After the national award winning film Parzania, a few popular documentaries and his last release, Lamhaa in 2010, Raees marks Rahul Dholakia's return to the big screen after seven years. But, he has hit the bulls eyes with superb directorial skills and does complete justice to this power packed entertainer, just like a pro commercial film maker. The film is complete with some terrific action sequences, fabulous songs, and fascinating high speed shots, which only adds to the impact of Raees, both as a character and an overall film. Ram Sampath's fantastic background score keeps up with the energy and pace of the film. The soundtrack is catchy and serves as a breather in between the well paced storyline. Dialogues of the film have already garnered a lot of attention and accolades before the release, but the film has many more to cherish. K.U. Mohanan's cinematography manages to capture Raees like a King, so much that as an audience, you are in an awe of him throughout the film. Overall, Raees will keep you hooked on to your seats and glued on to the screen, right till the end credits roll out. This is paisa vasool entertainment, at its best!
Verdict: Gripping story, captivating performances, great songs and of course, Khan, in a never before seen avatar, delivering one of his best performances till date. Raees has everything that a blockbuster hit needs. We recommend you book tickets before they are sold out for the week!