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2 hrs 22 mins

25  Audience Reviews

161 Ratings

Release Date

25 Jan 2017
Critics Reviews Audience Reviews Updated: January 25, 2017 10:23 AM IST

Rahul Dholakia takes you back to the days of Deewar and Agneepath where you have a larger-than-life hero who never bats an eyelid when it comes to talking with fists, a mother who dearly loves her son and makes it sure to bestow him with some life gyaan and an item song for the hero to enter the villain's den and beat his men to pulp. Raees has all these ingredients of a perfect commercial entertainer.

It's quite refreshing to watch Shahrukh Khan in a role where he isn't just reduced to a quintessential lover boy. Raees is rugged, smart, sharp-witted with a swag that's 'oh-so-sexy'. You see him indulging in fights with his opponents and emerging victorious with bruises all over him. His sexy Pathani suits make you go all drools. At the same time, Raees never shies away from shedding a tear or two when it comes to emotionally weak moments. SRK lifts up the sagging screenplay with his towering presence.

If you are in the mood to watch an intense Shahrukh Khan doing some hard-core 'dishoom-dishoom' and mouthing dialogues like 'Din Aur Raat Logon Ke Hotein Hai, Sheron Ka Zamaana Hota Hai', then Raees might be your pick for this week. But don't blame us if you end up loving Nawaz a little more than King Khan! JUST LIKE US!

Nawaz who is having the time of his life, and making us crack multiple grins, up against an SRK who breaks through in some moments but gets bogged down in florid, seen-too-many-times flourishes.

A song in the film reminds us that Raees played by SRK is a ‘single piece ‘ in this world. Yes he is, but maybe we’ll be more aware of that the next time around.

Shah Rukh Khan manages to break through in some scenes but this film belongs to Nawazuddin Siddiqui who is having the time of his life.

Shah Rukh Khan plays the titular character of a spectacled goon who hates being called “battery”; he starts from harmless Ponzi schemes but graduates to pre-planned rackets and becomes the top bootlegger of his town. When ACP Majmudar (Nawazuddin Siddiqui) is posted in his area, he meets his equal.

The film lies entirely on SRK shoulders and he carries the weight most of the times. When he doesn’t, the ever-so-reliable Nawazuddin Siddiqui steps in with his crackling performance. In the trademark Nawaz style, he delivers some comic relief while playing the Tom to Khan’s Jerry.

The movie can feel a bit long, but if you’re going for a great Shah Rukh performance and some good ol’ popcorn-entertainment, it might just ‘raees’ to the occasion.

A majority of films that highlight the lives of criminals/gangsters have a set template vis-à-vis the plotline: An ordinary person takes to crime, becomes a hotshot criminal, hobnobs with the rich, influential and powerful, but, eventually, the law decides to get even with him. RAEES follows a similar graph as well… the only difference being, this one is more realistic in approach than several films of this genre.

On the whole, RAEES is a sure-shot hit. To state that SRK is sensational would be an understatement. The love, adulation and stardom that he attained in his early films will be showered on him yet again in RAEES.

Shah Rukh is the scene-stealer as well as the show-stealer. Cast in a character that has grey shades, the film brings back memories of his award-worthy acts at the commencement of his career.

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