Rating: 3/5 Stars (Three Stars)
Starring: Shah Rukh Khan, Mahira Khan, Nawazuddin Siddiqui
Directed by: Rahul Dholakia
Produced by: Ritesh Sidhwani, Farhan Akhtar, Gauri Khan
Release Date: 25 Jan, 2017
Duration: 2 hrs 35 mins
What’s Good: Full dose of Action, Romance, and Drama, in short, a perfect entertainer
What’s Bad: If you connect the story in terms of reality, then it celebrates a false hero.
Story Line: Shah Rukh Khan aka Raees is a splendent child, who early on in his school going years learns the trade of alcohol in a dry state Gujarat. After working under a popular liquor smuggler (Atul Kulkarni) in his early years, he soon decides to start his own business.
Raees only rule, “Koi dhanda chota nai hota, aur dhande se bada koi dharam nai hota, jisse kisika bura na ho.”
Raees becomes successful liquor smuggler but his growing success is rightly caught by Superintendent of Police Jaideep Ambalal Majmudar (Nawazuddin Siddiqui). Thus, begins a cat and mouse chase between Raees and Jaideep Ambala.
Raees plays smart and his political network work in favor, Majmudar’s patience in following up with the criminal is a true laudable value.
Will Majmudar be able to catch Raees? Can Raees be tamed?
Direction & Music: Rahul Dholakia succeeds in making a masala entertainer that has a confluence of all elements needed to appeal a Bollywood freak. First of all, he gets Shah Rukh on board, then makes him a villain with a heart of gold, then laces it up with SRK style romance, a slow-motion action and chase sequence and lastly a dramatic climax.
The 80s setting is captured well and a good job from the production design team. Also, a special mention to the costume department for making Shah Rukh look sexy in bell bottoms.
Background score is good and the songs are very good especially Sunny Leone featured Laila Mein Laila, and Zallima . Yet, they form as a jerk in terms of a gripping story-telling.
The run-time should have been limited to 2 hours which was easily possible with a shortened climax.
Star Performance: Shah Rukh Khan aka Raees, looks dapper. His kohl-eyed look suits him. His dressing to his battery style all looks perfect. Now we coming to the acting side, he particularly excels in scenes where he shows extreme fury and also the one where he breaks down. Overall. For his fans, this one will be a winner!
When i saw the film i really thought why the makers choose Mahira Khan any Bollywood actress could have pulled off that role. Unfortunately, she does nothing special here and for all we care, She even fails to emote appropriately in a few scenes.
Nawazuddin Siddiqui is a star. Every scene with this man is loaded with entertainment and he is the true key to why this film is a fun watch. Loved him all through!
Zeeshan Ayyub is a great actor and as the sidekick once again does his job well. Atul Kulkarni, Sheeba Chadda, Uday Tikekar put up a great supporting cast. Sunny Leone sizzles in her item number ‘Laila’.
Final Word: Raees is a full of “Masala Package” | Paisa Wasool | One Time watch