Raid | Film Review

Director Raj Kumar Gupta who is known for his films like Aamir and No One Killed Jessica is back after a hiatus with Raid – an Ajay Devgn, Ileana Dcruz and Saurabh Shukla starrer. The story and dialogues have been penned by Ritesh shah, while Tanishk Bagchi and Amit Trivedi have scored the music

Raid is based on a famous Income Tax raid of the 80s. In this film, we see the raids being led by Deputy Commissioner Amay Patnaik (Ajay Devgn) - an honest, dedicated officer, who is tipped off about crores of rupees in cash and valuables stashed in Sitagarh  -- the ‘White House’ of Lucknow, which belongs to a goon-cum-politician - Rameshwar 'Rajaji' Singh (Saurabh Shukla). Going against Rameshwar Singh is a huge step that can lead to Patnaik losing his job, dignity, and even his wife (Ileana Dcruz). But, Patnaik believes in his instinct and raids the palace that belongs to Singh. The raids begin, however, the department is unable to find anything. That's when the much needed twist arrives, as the team gets a lead on where the actual money and assets are hidden. Will the income tax department be successful in extracting all the black money out? Will Singh put his best shot to stop this raid? Who is that one person from Singh's family who has tipped off Amay Patnaik? As usual (and as we always say) - You gotta watch the film to find out!

Bagchi and Trivedi's music is average. Tanishk has recreated two of Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan's well known songs. However, they are not really needed in the flow of this film. While the film keeps you on the edge of your seat, one feels that the second half tends to get a little dragged. However, if you look at the overall presentation, we like the pace and flow of the film.

Shukla's portrayal of Rajaji might just be the next iconic role for him (after the well known 'Kalu Mama' from Satya). His performance is packed with multiple layers, ranging from comedy to rage and manipulation. Overall, he delivers a powerful act. His command in several major scenes is epic. Illeana D’Cruz as Malini - the dutiful wife of Patnaik, is good. One can see her looking beautiful in a saree again after Barfi and Baadshaaho. However, she has less scope in the film, and limited screen presence. The supporting cast is very impressive; especially Amit Sial as Lallan - a corrupt I-T officer, Sulagna Panigrahi and Sadanand Verma who play pivotal characters from Rameshwar Singh's family. And, one cannot ignore the veteran 85-year-old Pushpa Joshi, who plays Saurabh Shukla's mother in the film. For a debut performance, Joshi has great energy and always lightens up the screen. 

However, the real 'show stealer' is none other than the lead protagonist! Ajay Devgn as Amay Patnaik is flawless. His intense look, one liners and verbal duals with Singh (Shukla) steal the show. The two actors play against one other with brilliant understanding. As Patnaik, he shows great courage in handling the authorities, including the Prime Minister of India (as shown in the film). He also ensures the safety of his team, while carrying out the risky raid. Devgn effortlessly speaks with his eyes in major portions of the film. The actor has always been known for his intense, powerful performances and Raid is no exception. Fans of Ajay Devgn will like his persona in the film. 

Raid is very relevant in India, especially during the times that we live in. We wish and hope there are more 'Amay Patnaiks' in the department and they never let down the people of India. We need them today more than ever, at a time when corrupted politicians are still making money and continue to rule their thrones for a long time. 

Verdict: Raj Kumar Gupta's Raid is edgy, engaging and gripping. Watch it for the incredible performances, and you will enjoy it!

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Priya Adivarekar - Founder and Creative Director at Diary of a Dancebee. She is also a renowned Voice Actress and award winning artiste, with serious passion for dance. When not working round the clock, she can be seen reading, enjoying a movie-binge or listening to music.
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