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Raees (2017)

Not Rated | | Action, Crime, Drama | 25 January 2017 (USA)
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A bootlegger sets out to improve his community as a promising leader but falls in a political trap.

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Rahul Dholakia
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Raj Arjun ... Ilyas
Shubham Chintamani Shubham Chintamani ... Young Raees
Shubham Tukaram Shubham Tukaram ... Young Sadiq
Dhanveer Dhanveer ... Young Rasul (as Dhanveer - Dhai Akshar NGO)
Yug Yug ... Young Taufiq (as Yug - Dhai Akshar NGO)
Sagar Sagar ... Young Kalupor (as Sagar - Dhai Akshar NGO)
Sheeba Chaddha ... Raees's Mother
Loveleen Mishra Loveleen Mishra ... Ratna Madam
Utkarsh Mazumdar Utkarsh Mazumdar ... Dr. Sajanwala
Prasoon Narayan Prasoon Narayan ... Constable (Gandhi Ashram)
Avinash Razdan Avinash Razdan ... King George (Compounder)
Nishad Raj Rana Nishad Raj Rana ... Officer (Ilyas's Raid)
Ashok Ashok ... Constable (Ilyas's Raid)
Atul Kulkarni ... Jairaj
Mahendra Shrivas Mahendra Shrivas ... Chandu
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Storyline

The film is set in the early 80's and 90's in Gujarat. The fictitious story of a man who builds an empire in the state of Gujarat, the only state that still follows prohibition. It's a story about his rise and his relationships, which help him become the single most powerful man in the state. Written by RedChillies

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Baniye ka dimaag aur Miyanbhai ki daring.

Genres:

Action | Crime | Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

India

Language:

Hindi

Release Date:

25 January 2017 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Wealthy See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,798,379, 27 January 2017, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$3,262,954, 3 February 2017
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Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Surround 7.1

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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The film is banned in Pakistan due to its "objectionable content" by Central Board of Film Censors, the regulatory body and censorship board of Pakistan. See more »

Goofs

The film is set between 1980s till 1993 but in one scene there have shown whiskey bottle of Royal Stag which came in 1995 and also Vartex Banyan. See more »

Alternate Versions

In Singapore, the film was originally classified NC16 uncut by the BFC for scenes of 'Violence'. The company then opted to remove stronger elements from the film in order to obtain a PG13 rating (which allows viewers under 13 to attend with adult supervision). The film was later released fully uncut on DVD/Video with an NC16 rating. See more »

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Features Kaala Patthar (1979) See more »

Soundtracks

Laila Main Laila
Lyrics by Indivar, Javed Akhtar
Music composed by Kalyanji Veerji Shah, Anandji Veerji Shah(as Kalyanji-Anandji), Ram Sampath
Sung by Pawni A. Pandey (as Pavni Pandey)
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Watch Raees for stellar and electrifying performances by Shah Rukh and Nawazuddin
25 January 2017 | by ketgup83See all my reviews

After being in making for past 2 years and being shelved for multiple reasons, "Raees" finally sees the light of the day. The trailer looked promising bringing back the 80's Bollywood era and so were the dialogue promos and the songs. Does "Raees" lives up to the mammoth expectations ? Well, it was almost there with few glitches and few engaging moments ...

Inspired by the true story of liquor don, Abdul Latif, who ruled Gujarat and even few parts of India, "Raees" tells the rags-to-rich tale of Raees Alam (played by Shah Rukh Khan) who faces the heat at the peak of his supremacy by a tough cop (played by Nawazuddin Siddiqui).

From the director of National Award winning,"Parzania" and "Lamha", Rahul Dholakia gives his first attempt at the commercial potboiler and is fairly successful. The film kicks off in 1970 showing how a small boy becomes a local bootlegger into full grown small time smuggler, Shah Rukh, who steals the scene with his entry and uses his tactics to setup his own independent liquor business. The film becomes an interesting watch, moment Nawazuddin enters the scene. His witty one-liners are impeccable and you will enjoy each and every moment of it. The first scene between Shah Rukh and Nawaz at the police station is good. The first half does have few tense moments to sail it through. With second half, the movie starts dragging and sometimes feel out of places.

The songs places hindrance to the flow of the film while action scenes looks tacky. The screenplay loses the track and becomes a typical melodrama in the later half of the film with new to offer. This is definitely not the best work from Rahul Dholakia carrying huge expectations. Even barring the tuneful and well-choreographed "Udi Udi", none of the songs will be memorable once you leave the theater. I loved the original version of "Laila" featuring Zeenat Aman from "Qurbani". Editing could have more crispy.

What works is admirable cinematography and fine art direction. The dialogues are simply mind blowing especially "Koi Bhi Dhanda Chotha Nahi Hota". Coming to the performances, Shah Rukh Khan makes a good comeback. The superstar steals the show with his daring avatar speaking much through his eyes and expressing appropriately. Watch for him in the climax scene. Nawazuddin is outstanding. The supremely talented actor gets much chance to show case his talent and he does it with aplomb. Mahira Khan is just about okay. Talents like Mohammed Zeeshan Ayub and Atul Kulkarni are wasted due to under-written roles.

Overall, "Raaes" is watchable only once for electrifying performances by Shah Rukh Khan and Nawazuddin Siddiqui. Decent 2.75/5

  • Ketan Gupta


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