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25 Jan, 2017
2 hrs 22 mins
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Raees is set in the early 80's and 90's in Gujarat, India. It is a fictitious story of a man, Raees, who builds an entire empire from the scratch. It's a story about his rise and his relationships, which help him become the single most powerful man in the state.

Less of a gangster but more of an impresario, Raees gains popularity and trust through his sharp, entrepreneurial and ruthless business mind. His unfettered determination, guided by a heart of gold, earns him a cult following. His character encapsulates a distinct and unique blend of personas, making him revered, loved and feared.

Always thinking ahead of the curve and using revolutionary ideas of management which were unheard of during his time, but are now doctrines for students, Raees eliminates every opposition that comes his way. However, his downfall will be crossing paths with the no-nonsense police officer Majmudar, whose sole reason for existence is the elimination of crime.

What ensues next is a tumultuous battle between the two, forming a key defining element of the film's narrative.
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 []... ...Read full review
What a fine, fine performance this is by Shah Rukh Khan possibly a career best. And what a fine, fine film this is by Rahul Dholakia. Its triumph is that it brings the best of Bollywood the sheer entertainment and glamour and scale of it to a gripping story. What it`s attempting is most evident in a scene where Raees (Shah Rukh) is juxtaposed against an image of Amitabh Bachchan in his `angry young man` avatar on a movie screen. That one quick clip speaks volumes. Which brings us to the cinematography of KU Mohanan, without which, Raees would not be such a visually rich experience. ...Read full review
Shah Rukh Khan has never looked better; hes full of fury and for once, isnt spreading his arms, but breaking others. The film lies entirely on his shoulders and he carries the weight most of the times. When he doesnt, 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 Khans Jerry. Mahirah is restricted to songs and a few emotional scenes, but doesnt really add much. If her purpose was to soften the baddie, its lost on the viewer. ...Read full review
Putting that aside, the filmmaking is pure masala and this is one well-cooked masala movie. The story is not surprising; a gangster rises and he falls when he becomes bigger than the people who had patronised him for long. You have seen this a hundred times, but director Rahul Dholakia`s treatment seems fresh. ...Read full review
The film, expectedly, is powered by the star wattage of Shah Rukh Khan himself, as most of his films usually are. From his introduction scene, lacerating his back during a Moharram gathering, to a Scarface-like shootout, all guns blazing, to his many moments simmering with rage, Shah Rukh commands your attention. In more pensive moments, and a quiet breakdown scene, he reveals the actor behind the star. ...Read full review



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