Raid Movie Review Rating: 3/5 Stars (Three Stars)
Raid Star Cast: Ajay Devgn, Ileana D’Cruz, Saurabh Shukla
Director: Raj Kumar Gupta
Raid, set in the backdrop of the mid-80s, has loosely taken its cues from the most dramatic Income Tax Raids, which took 2 days to reach its climax. Although smeared with some cogent moments, the sluggish pace and quite predictable unfoldings leave the audience in nothing but lurch.
Amay Patnaik(Ajay), a gritty income tax officer who is paying the price of being incorrupt in return of getting repeated transfers. Now, he is in Lucknow where he smells some clues that Rameshwar Singh aka Tauji (Saurabh Shukla), a renowned businessperson who is well connected with politicians, police, and with local goons, has more than Rs. 420 Cr of black money concealed in his ‘White House’. Eventually, how Amay ferrets out the undeclared riches along with tackling Tauji and his force is the crux of the rampo.
The Aamir and No One Killed Jessica fame, Rajkumar Gupta, successfully drives the whole drama until the first half, but he seems to get distracted by the narrative post interval. Repeated scenes and a romantic song with Amay’s wife (Ileana), especially when a crucial family member leaves the house to knock on the political doors, put the audience in conflict.
Ajay Devgan undoubtedly wears the shoes of a stagnant officer in a luminous flux. Ileana, although hasn’t got much scope in the role, but she looks pretty in the moments she appears. Saurabh Shukla brilliantly wears the cap of a gray shaded businessman with a skyrocketing confidence of being eternally untouched from the grip of the law. A few more characters really impress not only with their presence but also with their whippersnapper dialogues. Among them, Tauji’s toothless mother, (Pushpa Joshi), emerges as the most delectable character, who has ‘Madhumay’ (diabetes), but deadly craves for ‘Jalebis’.
Book a ticket to witness the slightly predictable burgling effort of the Income Tax team and to get tickled by some exhilarating characters. Else, wait for a couple of months to watch it on Star Gold 🙂 🙂 🙂
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