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Raman Raghav 2.0 (A)



2 hrs 20 mins

Audience Review

104 Ratings

Release Date

24 Jun 2016
Critics Reviews Audience Reviews Updated: June 24, 2016 02:50 PM IST

Raman Raghav 2.0, has showcased the perfect locations for dark movies, and all the places shown are totally raw, dirty and real! The subways, gutters and homes look chilling and blends really well with the storyline and the theme of the film.

Director Anurag Kashyap, has done his homework well as the camera angles are spooky and very realistic. The bakground score perfectly matches with the visuals on the screen and has provided the best chilling experience to the audiences.

Raman Raghav 2.0, is a must watch as this kind of dark psychotic film comes very rarely in Bollywood. The film is brilliantly made and the actors performances are excellent. They can scare the living hell out of you. If you like dark movies you should surely watch this, but if you like only romantic films and are weak hearted, give this a miss!

Anurag Kashyap is back where he belongs and there is nothing remotely velvety in the director's felicitous return to his creative comfort zone. In Raman Raghav 2.0, he gives the go-by to the lawman versus law-breaker binary, the normative pivot of crime dramas.

Watching Raman Raghav 2.0 is, therefore, somewhat like reading an incomplete map, with many boundaries and dabs of crucial info either completely missing or too inchoate to decipher.

But that isn't such a bad thing. The film demands from its audience more than the usual level of mental focus in order to mark off the units as they flash by with dizzying pace.

The venomous Ramanna (Nawazuddin Siddiqui), armed with a wheel wrench, scours the streets and slums of Mumbai and strikes at random - and targeted - victims.

When you go for an Anurag Kashyap film, you know that you are stepping into a gory and sinful world. And with his latest directorial venture, Kashyap has made sure he exceeds your expectations with such gruesome cruelty, it is matched only by Ugly (2013).

Raman Raghav 2.0 is not about how life treats human beings, it is about a Satan reincarnate who walks among humans. The protagonists here take pleasure out of hurting others, and brutally so.

Unlike Gangs of Wasseypur, there isn’t anything light about Raman Raghav 2.0. This movie scares you with the threat that there are demonic tendencies in everyone. In true Anurag Kashyap style, there is no violence onscreen. You don’t see anyone killing, you see it all in your head and that’s what scares you the most - you own capacity to imagine evil.

Kashyap’s latest film may appear to resort to certain devices popular in the genre: the ominous sound of a metal pipe being dragged over a hard surface, for instance. Yet none of them is used in a clichéd, predictable fashion.

Raman Raghav 2.0 is layered, gripping from the word go, unnerving and, in a twisted way, hugely entertaining. It is also a stinging commentary on the times we live in.

He is back, people. Anurag Kashyap is back.

An opening rider in Raman Raghav 2.0 establishes the film’s connect (as well as the disconnect) with the infamous serial killer of the 60s Mumbai: Raman Raghav, who had left a trail of 41 odd murders behind him. “This film is not about him,” the disclaimer states. Indeed the film is about a contemporary copycat killer. But then it is not just about the new age Ramanna either.

More than the story itself, it is the quirky telling that is the key. Structured around eight chapters, vividly shot in the slums, pulsating with raucous music, Raman Raghav 2.0 is taut thriller, full of energy and brimming over with tension. It doesn’t flag even once and holds the viewer tightly in its grip. Such is the dizzying momentum and pace that you even stop caring about some missing pieces of the jigsaw that would have been niggling you. Clear-cut, uncomplicated Raman Raghav 2.0 takes you on an entertainment high.

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