I’m back with a latest review for the much awaited and anticipated movie of this year Raees starring Sharukh Khan and directed by Rahul Dholakia. I was almost fascinated by the storyline of a notorious business minded sharukh khan revered into a Robin Hood-like figure only to find out that it is the rise of a small time bootlegger into one of Gujarat’s liquor barons. The movie is full of quick drama but seems over plotted .
The beginning is interesting with raees as a small boy already showing signs of a rebel, quick wit and sarcasm. He branches out his own business from what he learnt working as he grows older. emboldened by his mother’s teaching that “no job is too small” and reassured by a mentor that he’s got a “baniye ka dimaag aur Miya bhai ki daring”.
His quickk thinking and sheer ruthlessness are precisely the qualities that make him a magnetic figure for the audience and a messiah for his people, the mobster with a heart of gold, a staunchly secular humanist.
The plot too slips into repetition and predictability. it is the presence of Nawazuddin Siddiqui, as Majumdar, an incorruptible police officer obsessed with taking Raees down, and the thrilling interplay between both men that keeps you invested despite these bumps. Nawazuddin, who appears to be having a blast, cast against type and allowed to really sink his teeth into the part, once again reveals his gift for vastly improving a film by merely being in it but we’ve all seen him do much better roles.
The film, expectedly, is powered by the star wattage of Shah Rukh Khan himself, as most of his films usually are. From his introduction scene, lacerating his back during a Moharram gathering, to a Scarface-like shootout, all guns blazing, to his many moments simmering with rage, Shah Rukh commands your attention. In more pensive moments, and a quiet breakdown scene, he reveals the actor behind the star.
I give Raees a 1.5 rating for the intense drama, acting and atmospheric detail. Your reaction could differ so feel free to check it out for yourself.
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