A bootlegger sets out to improve his community as a promising leader but falls in a political trap.A bootlegger sets out to improve his community as a promising leader but falls in a political trap.A bootlegger sets out to improve his community as a promising leader but falls in a political trap.
I was eagerly excited for this movie based on SRK's entry in the teaser that was released in 2015 then followed by the phenomenal trailer that was released in December 2016.
If anyone is expecting a political statement about the MNS controversy of Mahira Khan, you will not get it because this is a review. Also don't expect a statement from me about the Abdul Latif Khan controversy.
The film shows how a bootlegger manages to smuggle alcohol into Gujarat. But his success goes down the drain thanks to one cop named Majmudar who tries to thwart his business. He falls in love with Aasiya and they both get married and have a child but his business goes in the wrong hands that affects his family life.
The acting in this movie was great. SRK gave a flawless performance showing how he is sensible in doing criminal based roles. He was so balanced, nuanced, subtle, and withheld that now he finally managed to deviate from Rohit Shetty and Farah Khan's zone. Nawazuddin Siddiqui's performance was definitely worth every minute while watching the movie. His role as Majmudar kept me to the edge of the seat with his special maintained performance. Even the other actors like Gautham Rode and Mumtaz Sorcar added decency to their performances. Despite the MNS trouble, Mahira Khan tries very hard to pull of a wife role but she acted like how she acts in TV dramas.
The music is highly average and only a few songs like Laila and Zaalima managed to stand out as such. Jam8 (a music company started by Pritam) and Ram Sampath kept the film's flow consistent with the music they offered.
Rahul Dholakia has directed some average films like Lamhaa and Parzania. This time he showed Bollywood its true colors by the amazing direction and screenplay along with 3 other writers he managed to offer. It had some freshness and good dark and gritty references. Especially showing how criminal activities are engaged in the state of Gujarat. The set design was also great and had good architectural sense.
There are 2 problems with Raees. The pacing of the movie is a big question and i was expecting the movie to finish on a lighter note but it stretched out making it too long. The action scenes were average at best like the part where SRK smacks a butcher with a severed head of a goat or beats up a man for calling him battery ( battery nahi bolneka).
Overall, this movie is undoubtedly one of the best movies of 2017. Beautifully directed with good writing and acting makes Raees worth watching at cinema ticket prices.
Kaabil Review is coming out tonight!!
- Jan 25, 2017