Raid Review

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Plotline: –

Amay Patnaik (Ajay Devgan) is a brutally honest IRS officer who has faced 49 transfers because of his ethical work style. Through some secret source, he receives information about a mammoth amount of black money under the possession of a powerful MLA named Rameshwar Singh aka Tauji (Saurabh Shukla). Based on this source, he decides to put up a raid on Tauji’s house despite knowing his power and dominion.

Will the raid be successful? How will Tauji react to this? Will Tauji use his supremacy to crush Amay and if he does, how will Amay react to it?

Positive Points: –

  • Raj Kumar Gupta’s ability to bring in something new every time he takes up the Director’s chair.
  • Saurabh Shukla’s homerun performance as he technically carries it on his shoulders for most of the runtime.
  • The film maintains its engrossing nature almost entirely, even in the moments where it falters.
  • Raid acknowledges the problem the anti-corruption department faces in India and how difficult it is for them to actually conduct a raid if the consequences of their failure are dire.

Negative Points: –

  • There’s a lot that the screenplay could have offered in terms of characterisation and realistic depiction of events, but it falls short of it.
  • The third act of Raid is slightly disappointing given the fact it could have had a stronger impact on the audience than it had.

Direction, Script & Other Technicalities: –

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Good or bad, Gupta always imparts innovativeness in his work and that’s what makes him stand out. Raid is quite different from the regular Bollywood kind of approach to such films. Nonetheless, the film could have done away with its songs and romantic angles and concentrated completely on the course of action upon which the entire feature is based. Ritesh Shah’s screenplay mostly consists of inconsistent crests and troughs. I appreciate some uniqueness that he has given to its story and its antagonist but I also loathe the generic and over-positive characterisation of its main lead. Some sequences feel too mawkish and too unnatural at times viz. “Amay letting Tauji out of the house in between the raid”, “Amay bringing his own bottle of rum to a party”, to state a few (Pointing out the other ones will give away some spoilers). Furthermore, I was left dissatisfied with its climax and ending which could have been more lifelike.

Amit Trivedi’s background score is pretty good and so are his songs, but the film could have avoided the music. Alphonse Roy’s cinematography is fine but Bodhaditya Banerjee’s editing could have been a bit more refined by doing away with some unnecessary sharp cuts.

Performances: –

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Chuck the rest! Saurabh Shukla is the soul of Raid and he dominates the film even in the scenes he isn’t present! Such is his impact on the audience and if that isn’t a sign of a great actor then you say what is!

Ajay Devgan is good and has justified his character but his portrayal seemed a lot unidimensional and clichéd. I wished he could showcase more emotions in his character’s shoes.

Ileana D’Cruz might not have a strong or important role but she does a satisfactory job as Amay’s understanding wife.

Most other actors have done pretty well in their respective roles. Pushpa Joshi, however, shines the most among them.

Final Verdict: –

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Raid is unique in its approach to an important issue and it has been well conveyed through its apt direction and acting. The screenplay, however, leaves us vexed given the potential it had to make the film great. Nonetheless, its intriguing nature can make it a sublime thriller for the generic audience.

RATING: 3.5/5

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