Raees | The Daily Star
12:00 AM, February 04, 2017 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:00 AM, February 04, 2017


Director: Rahul Dhoakia

Story: Rahul Dhoakia, Harit Mehta, Ashish Vashi, Niraj Shukla

Stars: Shahrukh Khan, Mahira Khan, Nawazuddin Siddique

Strength: Acting, Cinematography, Music, Writing

Runtime: 142min

Rating: 9/10

Plot: “Raees” is a Bollywood action crime thriller movie directed by Rahul Dhoakia and produced by Gauri Khan, Farhan Akhtar and Ritesh Sidhwani. It featured the superstar Shahrukh Khan and Nawazuddin Siddiqui in male lead, and the Pakistani beauty Mahira Khan in the female lead. The movie is set in the scenery of 1980's Gujrat and is about an illegal liquor dealer whose business is circumvented by an honest IPS officer Nawazuddin Siddiqui. Pakistani actress Mahira Khan plays the role of being the wife of Shahrukh Khan.

Review: The script was very well written. The director (Rahul Dhoakia) did a scintillating job with the direction. The first half of the movie was promising and the second half, which began with Inspector Majumdar's (Nawazuddin Siddique) point of view, holds the audience's attention with equal zest. Shahrukh Khan played his character with veracity. He appeared as an admirable character and he did a very good job in characterizing him as a brutal character with a soft tone in equal measure. Nawazuddin Siddique (Jaideep Majumdar) as an IPS officer, was equally proficient. Mahira Khan as Raees's wife Mohsina was, honestly, wasted in the movie. Her character was partially included to add the romance angle with Shahrukh Khan. The movie was largely exalted by Shahrukh Khan's performance and a few dialogues that are used to agitate the emotions. The action sequences were well choreographed and the songs, “Dil Ka Patang”, “Udi Udi Jaiyae,” “Ohh Zaleema” and “Laila Mein Laila” were nicely done. The cinematography was done brilliantly.

Overall, “Raees” is a very well-made movie with Shahrukh Khan's stunning performance. Finally, it can be said that Shahrukh Khan is back in business, doing what he does best: taking part in blockbuster movies.

Reviewed by Sheikh Sayem Ahmed

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