Although he was lastly seen in a bit small yet important role in Gauri Shinde’s ‘Dear Zindagi’, but now our very own superstar is back with his much-awaited film ‘Raees’. Right from the promotions (which was started almost a year back) to the release of it, the movie created a lot of buzz and expectations, where his fans and almost everyone were eagerly waiting to watch the movie. Let’s check out how well these expectations have fared well and carried out justice to SRK fans!
Set in 1980, the movie is about Raees (Shah Rukh Khan) who is a known crime lord in Gujarat and is being loved and feared by many. However, IPS Officer Jaideep (Nawazuddin Siddiqui) pledges to wipe out the crime activities of Raees along with his empire. What follows next is the cat-and-mouse game between an honest cop and a don with a heart-of-gold, and the one who wins in the end forms the crux of the story.
Gangster-based films have been showcased many times in our Hindi film industry, and Raees follows similar path. However, the major difference here is that the storyline is quite realistic, larger-than-life dramatic in an entertaining manner and of course all of these is being blended with SRK’s magic. And therefore, the movie notches higher with all its tauter twists and turns. Apart from the compelling story, Raees captures the 80s period and its details with quite dexterity and diligence.
Director Rahul Dholakia made a hardcore commercial film, which has all the masala to make it a blockbuster one. He effectively moves from romance between SRK and Mahira, to the gripping dramatic sequences till the end. He maintains the realistic approach and does justice with it. However most importantly, Dholakia succeeds to entertain SRK’s fans thoroughly.
Meanwhile, first half is interesting enough to wait for you to begin with the second half. However, the pace of second half slightly slows down with some romantic and unwanted sequences. Thankfully, it soon lifts up with a surprise dramatic turn that ends up with high-voltage climax. The cat-and-mouse game between Raees and Jaideep is the main USP of the film.
Going by the performances, Shah Rukh Khan steals the show and takes the movie in an altogether different level. His magic and charisma is visible all over the movie, where his grey-shade act makes him more lovable among fans. Nawazuddin Siddiqui matches the presence of SRK and delivers as usual an outstanding performance here as well. Mahira Khan looks beautiful and excellently handles her part. Sunny Leone exceptionally sizzles in her item song ‘Laila Main Laila’.
Mohd Zeeshan Ayyub highly impresses, and rest of the actors like Atul Kulkarni, Sheeba Chaddha Narendra Jha, Jaideep Ahlawat, Utkarsh Mazumdar, Pramod Pathak and Uday Tikekar played their part very well.
Music is decent, but ‘Laila Main Laila’ song adds the necessary glam quotient and also takes the storyline forward. Background score is first-rate, especially the signature tune which will be playing in your mind even after you leave theatres. DOP is excellent, and so does all the dialogues that will hit the masses instantly. Action sequences are praiseworthy, and so does all the editing work.
So is it a Paisa-Vasool film? Totally! Baniye ka dimag aur Miyanbhai ki daring, Dhamaka kar degi Box-Office par! It’s an out-and-out masala entertainer, which is recommended for all the moviegoers and a must-watch for all the SRK fans!
Rating: 4 Stars