Raees – Review

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Voila !

The actor in Shah Rukh Khan is back and how !

He gives Indian cinema the best etched character of a gangster Raees perhaps rivaled only by Ajay Devgn’s Sultan Mirza.

The story of a bootlegger who made it big during the 80s and 90s may have had parallels in Indian cinema, but full credit to Shah for underplaying and sinking his teeth into the character. Whether he is taking revenge on his mentor and yet feeling remorse, or stopping a politician hoodlum from taking a procession with violence or being disturbed and asking his wife to leave him alone, he does it with panache.

This is one gangster you will not forget soon.

The movie will transport you back to the 70s-80s cinema, observe the director’s details for Gujarat – you can hear background sounds typical of a Gujarat morning or evening even when the lead actor is mouthing dialogues.

Swades, Chak De had me cheering for Shah the actor, but Raees makes him an actor among stars.

Wow the Khans are indeed on a roll and we are not complaining.

Nawaz proves yet again that he is an explosive actor.

But this one is a Shah Rukh Khan vehicle and am sure word of mouth praise will bring his detractors to the theatres too.

My second viewing will be in a single screen theatre, do not watch it in a multiplex 🙂

Happy Republic Day !

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