|Directed by||Rahul Dholakia|
|Produced by||Ritesh Sidhwani, Farhan Akhtar, Gauri Khan|
|Written by||Rahul Dholakia, Harit Mehta, Ashish Vashi, Niraj Shukla|
|Starring||Shah Rukh Khan, Mahira Khan, Nawazuddin Siddiqui|
|Music by||Ram Sampath|
|Production Company||Red Chillies Entertainment, Excel Entertainment|
|Release date||25 January 2017|
|Running time||2 Hours 22 Minutes|
|Rating||3.5 / 5 (Three and Half Star)|
Directed by Rahul Dholakia and Starring Shah Rukh Khan, Mahira Khan and Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Raees is a story about a Gujarati bootlegger who does bad things for a good cause.
Raees is the fictitious story of a man named Raees, set in early 1980’s to 1990’s Gujarat, India. Raees (Shah Rukh Khan) lives a miserable life with his mom in Fatehpura, Gujarat. He is a bright child, who early on in his school going years learns the trade of alcohol in a dry state (Gujarat). Eventually, he starts illegal bootlegging for Jairaj (Atul Kulkarni). He grows and becomes popular in the business. Along with his best friend Sadiq (Mohammad Zeeshan), he decides to start his own business due to which he and Jairaj end up at loggerheads. His only rule, “Koi dhanda chota nai hota, aur dhande se bada koi dharam nai hota, jisse kisika bura na ho.”
Raees’ growing success is rightly caught by Superintendent of Police Jaideep Ambalal Majmudar (Nawazuddin Siddiqui). Thus, begins a cat and mouse chase between the two. While Raees’ street smart ways and political network work in favor, Majmudar’s patience in following up with the criminal is a true laudable value.
Raees – Movie Review
The first half is fast and slick with lots of action as Raees transforms himself from an employee to a big bootlegger in his own right. He is smart, savvy and cleverly manages to evade the one cop who has made it his life mission to put Raees behind bars.
The film starts to become dull in the second half. The second half is more introspective and broody as Raees falls into hard times thanks to his big ambitions and scheming politicians who manipulate him. The movie starts sagging under the weight of his do-gooder persona. This coupled with his guilt and make him look depressed and you begin to wonder where the “baniye ka dimaag and Miyanbhai ki daring” vanished. Also, the climax is stretched way out of hand and could have been limited.
Shah Rukh Khan looks dreamy as Raees. He surely steals the show in his rugged and intense character of a bootlegger. He particularly excels in scenes where he shows extreme anger and also the one where he breaks down. He knows the trick to survive a bad script.
Nawazuddin Siddiqui is at his impressive best and gets some of the best dialogues in the film. It is Nawazuddin that brings life into the dull proceedings. Every frame that the actor is in lightens up with his brilliance. His dialogue delivery, his timing and his mannerisms are a lesson of what conviction is all about. His role, though small, is meaty and the actor makes it even better. In fact he performs even better than Shah Rukh Khan.
Mahira Khan suffers from an under-written role that just adds minutes to the run-track. She is restricted to songs and a few emotional scenes, but doesn’t really add much. If her purpose was to soften the baddie, it’s lost on the viewer. A not-so-impressive Bollywood debut by Mahira!
Raees is typical Bollywood masala film. The cat and mouse chase between Shah Rukh and Nawaz is the highlight of the film. The film is certainly a one time watch but don’t expect the unexpected at all. 3.5 (Three and Half Star) out of 5 star for this.