Raees Movie Review

Raees movie review: Raees is no different from the other movies of good character villains we’ve seen before

Raees is certainly the story of the controversial underworld figure Abdul Latif but tweaked to suit present times, when there is much Indo-Pak tension along the border and also inside the country.

The story starts with a humble boy, Raees, smuggling contraband in his school bag and making a big empire of illicit liquor in the dry state of Gujrat. He follows his mother’s dictum “Koi dhanda chota ya bada nahi hota… aur dhande se bada koi dharm nahi hota” and she goes on advising Raees to do a business in which “kisika boora nahi ho”. Raees grows powerful; he bribes cops, kills counterparts and goes to jail for his “dhandha” but remains benevolent towards locals. He makes rivals in his “dhandha” and also goes to elections to legitimize his business. It is the same rags to riches story of Bollywood that we’ve seen in many movies.

SRK is seen doing all the things – phone tapping and using kids as eyes of the ground – expected from a gangster of the stature of Abdul Latif. But Raees is shown loyal to his country and it is where Raees isn’t Abdul Latif, who supplied RDX used in 1993 Mumbai blasts. Raees travels to Mumbai to kill the don who tried to involve Raees in a terrorist attack. SRK plays a Robin Hood like character. He sells liquor but uses that money for buying text books for school; he is making a housing complex and a hospital from the money earned by selling liquor and he also plans making a English medium school for locals.

Nawazuddin Siddiqui makes a perfect balance against SRK. A tough and honest cop, Superintendent of Police Jaideep Ambalal Majmudar is determined to root out Raees. The comic style of dialogue delivery makes Nawaz bigger than SRK. Mahira Khan is restricted to her home and household duties and Sunny Leone couldn’t make any difference to the item number “Laila Main Laila”.

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