Raees Movie Review – “Rich” In Poor Plot
Raees was supposed to be the one of the highly anticipated movies of 2017, and it released a few days back. The film features Shahrukh Khan, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Mahira Khan and Zeeshan Ayub is pivotal characters. After giving Parzania, an intense and way too gripping surprise 12 years ago, Rahul Dholakia is back with such an amazing star-cast; let’s see what Raees has to offer.
Raees revolves around Raees (Shahrukh Khan) who becomes the bootlegger and an influential criminal of his times. His best friend Saadiq (Zeeshan Ayub) plays his alter ego and Aasiya (Mahira Khan) is the love interest of Raees. ACP Majmudar (Nawazuddin Siddiqui) plays the character of an honest officer who wants Raees and alike behind bars, no matter what. What happens next is pretty much expected in the movie.
The plot of Raees has nothing new to offer, it reminds a lot of Once Upon A Time In Mumbai. Especially the character of Sultan Mirza (OUATIM) and Raees are almost identical in nature and how they are portrayed on celluloid. Dialogues of Raees are power-packed, no second thought in that. Although the script could have been a bit tighter; it’s too predictable.
Performance wise, Nawasuddin Siddiqui is the finest. He looks, breathes and walks his character just to the perfection. His elusive quip and trifling caveat are laudable. Second in the lot, in terms of performance, is Zeeshan Ayub; he is a genuinely natural actor. A few of his scenes are very nicely performed by him, although he is given with comparatively weaker dialogues but when he delivers them, he is the best. For instance “Neeyat Baandhli Hai, Sajda Karkay He Maanayga” and “Kia Cinema Chal Raha Hai Yahan? Hema Malni Naach Rahi Hai” and e intense scene between him and Shahrukh, all are clapworthy.
Mahira Khan looks good, and that is just it. She has some amazing scenes but unfortunately she couldn’t pull them off well. For instance, her intro sequence where she is shown dancing on one of the most sensual songs of 80’s “I Love You” from Mr. India – she fails to bring the sensuality and playfulness on her face. Her emotional scenes are fine, nothing to boast about. Even Sheeba Chaddha (as Raees’s mother) is effective and delivers her line with bravura conviction.
Shahrukh Khan is as usual – he will be loved by his fans for sure. But those who are looking for a realistic performance will be disappointed. Shahrukh looks good but the too good to be true. Atul Kulkarni is first-rate and shines in front of Shahrukh. Narendra Jha (as Musa Bhai) is believable in a short but effective character. Jha has all that it takes to be the next finest performers of the Bollywood’s lot. Jaideep Ahlawat (as Musa’s Saadiq) deserves praise for being so natural, composed and effective in a limited character. Sunny Leone looks sexy and vivacious in “Laila Main Laila”.
If you are looking for a movie on gangsters, powerful dialogues and paisa wasool movie, go for Raees. It’s for masses – if you know what I mean.