RAID | Hindi

While Nirav Modi is absconding with the tax-payers money and the BJP Government had promised a tonnes of cash back from the black money, director Rajkumar Gupta scrolls back in time digging up much famous Income-Tax Raids. The trailer was believably timid but surprisingly the early morning was house-full, secret Ajay Devgn fan base? It might remind you of Neeraj Pandey’s Special 26 but is nowhere near it, Raid lingers slightly near documentation and powerpoint presentation.

Raid is a crime thriller set in the 80s narrating one of the chronicles of an honest Income Tax officer Amay Patnaik (Ajay Devgn) who raids the mansion of the wealthiest and powerful man of Lucknow, Tauji (Saurabh Shukla). Rajkumar Gupta painstakingly shows the minute details of the raid which does increases your interest. Ritesh Shah’s water script helps the narrative to pace accordingly without a dull moment except the biggest led, relationship between Patnaik and his wife Malini (Illeana DCruz). With interesting characters and almost an intelligent script, Rajkumar Gupta manages to impress as well as entertain. The script is totally catered to the commercial viability while documenting the raid, it is an engrossing film.

Even though its an engrossing film, it’s not a flawless film. Amidst the on-going important raid, Malini delivers tiffin, there’s a romantic scene and then the Police Officer invites Amay for an important happening – guess what happens next! The raid narrative breaks into a soppy relationship song totally unnecessary, instead of showing the happenings and catering to T-Series. The film doesn’t linger specifically on any technical aspects, since they are packed excellently – especially Cinematography by Alphonse Roy. Amit Trivedi is on a self-destruction mode, he proves with his loud and typical background score and inconsistent songs. He made his debut with Rajkumar Gupta’s Aamir, the latest duo offering is invisible.

Ajay Devgn is a lazy actor, we get customised to his so-called acting abilities in due course of the film. He looks deadpan and forced in the most confrontative situations. Forget, whatever is written above and remember a name Saurabh Shukla. It’s Shukla who undertakes the film into an impressive zone with his quirky-ness and shades. Some fellow audience members were discussing, “Shukla Baithe Baithe Bhi Badhiya Acting Karta Hai, Ajay Toh Khada Reh Ki Bhi Kuch Nahi Kar Sakta” (Shukla acts brilliantly even when he is sitting, Ajay can’t even stand to act in front of him).

Raid caters to the public sentiment with honesty; the angry mob trying to lynch the officer is reminiscent of the present happenings and an eye-opener too. I’ll suggest you to watch the film with no expectations.

Language: Hindi
Release: 16 March, 2018
Director: Rajkumar Gupta
Rating: 3/5


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