Raees: Film Review – Dimag + Daring = Full Masala Entertainer

Verdict – SRK and Nawaz deliver an intense crime-drama.  

Shah Rukh Khan is the king of romance and he has proved it beyond a doubt in the past decades. This time, however, his romance takes a backseat and his action avatar is a delightful change of palate. Set in the 80s-90s, Raees gives you all the dose of crime and action you need this weekend.

Raees Alam is a street-smart kid in Fatehpur, Gujarat – a dry state. Raees has the disposition for business and, in his words, daring of a miyabhai. He has a childhood companion Sadiq (Mohammed Zeeshan Ayyub) and they are like brothers. They both start off by working for the local liquor-makers and bootleggers. But Raees was not born to take orders and starts his own bootlegging business. After all, mummy has instilled in young Raees the value of dignity of labor. Raees is a principled gangtsa with his heart in the right place. He is soon invincible but where’s the fun if there is no chase? So, enter Majmudar (played brilliantly by Nawazuddin Siddiqui). Majmudar is a principled cop and is no stranger to transfers. 

He vows to finish Raees and keeps a track of his criminal activities quite passionately – wherever he is posted.
Raees - BookMyShowThe first half tracks Raees in the making – from his first con job to him achieving the status of a messiah, who also bootlegs liquor. It also introduces his love interest – played by Mahira Khan. The second half takes us through some exciting encounters between Raees and Majmudar. Having said that, a little more editing would’ve done wonders! 

SRK looks a perfect 10, to say the least, and delivers a punch. Nawazuddin’s dry wit and his portrayal of an obsessive cop is easily one of the highlights of the movie. Their interactions are full of whistle-worthy dialogs and the masala quotient is enjoyable. Mahira doesn’t get much screen time but she is quite good whenever she is in the scenes. The music is strictly okay but the background score is very well designed. However, Laila Main Laila is a great track for at least two reasons we can think of.

Shah Rukh Khan in and as Raees” is a smart throwback to the crime-action movies of the 70s-80s-90s, which had plenty of drama. In case you miss that, the film has a small scene in the drive-in theatre that confirms this. Don’t miss this cheeky reference.

Why You Should Watch This Movie:
Watch Raees for Nawaz and SRK. Their solo scenes are great but their interactions are delectable. Nawaz brings pleasant proportions of comic relief. The dialogs of Raees are going to stay with people for a long time. If you are a Bollywood masala fan, do not miss this.


Release Date: 2017-01-25
Language: Hindi
Director: Rahul Dholakia
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama
Cast & Crew: Shah Rukh Khan, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Mahira Khan
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  1. md tariqul islam

    January 25, 2017 at 1:39 pm

    good movie

  2. Mohd Samim sheikh

    January 25, 2017 at 2:01 pm

    HI I m Mohd Samim from Mumbai. I m best fan of SRK .I see raees first show , I like this movie and I really give super Star on it. This movie very nice and helpful for business and how to earn money. Means ( dimag+ Dering) OK 


    • Ashok Khandelwal

      January 27, 2017 at 8:37 pm

      Raees is the bakwas movie that's the waste of time and money

  3. sweksha

    January 25, 2017 at 5:10 pm

    SRK acted well as he did earlier. He is just awesome. I loved this movie.
    3 out of 5 points.

  4. Abhishek

    January 25, 2017 at 5:46 pm

    It was fun to watch SRK in negative role…! Ossssm movie…! Superhit movie sir..! 

  5. nitya

    January 25, 2017 at 9:51 pm

    Movie is totally crap,now Sharukh should do some sensible movies. Just Waste of Money.

  6. Praveen Kumar

    January 26, 2017 at 12:42 am

    mahira and srk looked made for each other in this movie Nawaz sir did well and dolakia did a wonderful job and storyline didn't missed anywhere as it is taken frm real story from Gujarat "hey sheronka raj hay" SRK Rocked

  7. Ajay Jayaram

    January 26, 2017 at 9:56 am

    Excellent performance by everyone.Srk has once again proven his worth.One of the best crime dramas ever. Loved it!! 

  8. Mohammad Hidayath

    January 27, 2017 at 9:12 am

    Raees is one of the finest movie of recent time. Srk acted awesome, u nailed it sir. Full on entertainer, mazaa aagaya. 

    Nawaz and mahira acted well. Dnt miss it guys, its a must watch movie.

    Raees and Shah rukh khan rocks !!!


  9. Niekie

    January 27, 2017 at 7:28 pm

    SRK looks hot … Acts great and deliver❤️ I love the guy but what's wrong with the movie ? Everything .. The stale story and 80s set up .. Crime .. All kind of crap .. Rahul Dholakia – you haven't got a single good movie to your direction credit .. Why and how did you convince SRK to let you play with his huge investment and reputation ??? Seriously ! I wasted 5k on Gold class for shitty story ever told.. 

  10. Vamshi B

    February 7, 2017 at 1:48 pm

    Really good performance by Shah Rukh Khan

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