Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Duration: 143 Minutes
India Release Date: 25-JAN-2017
Pick-D-Flick Rating: 3.50 on 5 ()
Criticizing the prohibition of alcohol, prostitution and illegal drugs in Gujarat, this film unfolds the story of a cruel and clever bootlegger, whose business is challenged by a tough cop.
The Badshah of Bollywood has arrived with his career’s best performance. Directed by Rahul Dholakia, the story of Raess revolves around a Gujarat based bootlegger named Raees Alam played by Shah Rukh Khan and police officer Majumdar played by Nawazuddin Siddiqui. The story is set in early 80’s to 90’s Gujarat when alcohol was banned in Gujarat. The film basically narrates how the relationships & Dramatic Rise of Raees help him build an entire empire of his own from ground to the skies, which makes him the most powerful man in Gujarat. The key element to Raees’ story is to keep the audience hooked and it pretty much works here. The first half is well-paced; it draws you in and makes you root for the bootlegger; Nawazuddin’s one-liners, Thrilling background music with peppy number: Laila sequence ups the ante. Its the second half that takes the overall morale of the film down. The biggest hiccup of the film is its weak plot. Shah Rukh Khan surely steals the show in his rugged and intense character of a bootlegger. Nawazuddin is the master of his craft. He is a like a fresh breath of air in the film. He brings comical element which is commendable.. Sunny Leone is at her scintillating best. Mahira Khan is just an average. Director Rahul Dholakia made an honest attempt to make a typical masala entertainment for the mass audience and he succeeds to an extent. Watch Raees for Shah Rukh Khan & Nawazuddin Siddiqui.
Raees is full paisa-wasool commercial entertainer. Baniye Ka Dimaag (Excel Entertainment / Red Chillies Entertainment) Aur Miya Bhai Ki Daring (Shahrukh Khan / Nawazuddin) is certainly a one-time watch.
Pick-D-Flick Rating: 3.50 on 5 (Full Paisa-Wasool Entertainment)
Performance: 4 on 5
Script: 3 on 5
Music / Background Score: 3.5 on 5
Production Designs: 4 on 5