Release Date: Jan 25th 2017
CAST: Shah Rukh Khan, Mahira Khan & Nawazuddin Siddiqui in the lead roles.
Directed by: Rahul Dholakia
Produced by: Ritesh Sidhwani, Gauri Khan and Farhan Akhtar
Distributed by: Red Chillies Entertainment
Written by: Rahul Dholakia, Harit Mehta, Ashish Vashi and Niraj Shukla
Director Of Photography: K.U. Mohanan
Lyrics: Javed Akhtar
Music: Ram Sampath
Shah Rukh or his films don't really need an introduction. His marketing strategies and personal charisma ensures that his movies are well heard of way before his hard core fans get to actually visually devour them. So here goes another one, this one plays out in the black market of Gujarat where a Muslim merchant of illegal alcohol rules
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1. THE CAST: One thing that is without fail a treat in SRK movies, is SRK himself. Well, maybe not his looks here, but his physical frame- always! At 51, his chiseled body has never looked better- in fact, has been looking its best since about a decade now. Whether you're a fan or not, his lithe movements and tight muscles you will be somehow very aware of. Gosh, we must talk of his acting though- its better than what you see him deliver in most movies. Got to admire the top two Khans, Aamir and Shah Rukh, for going to impressive lengths to physically mold themselves into a character.
Let's talk of Mahira Khan, the 32 year old famous Pakistani actress, who plays the lead in the film. She did a good job, but even though I am not taking sides with the don't-hire-Pakistani-artists campaign, her involvement does make you wonder about the reason behind it. Was he taking a stand on the opposition that Karan Johar faced as a result of casting Fawad Khan, a Pakistani actor, in Ae Dil Hai Mushkil? Or perhaps he was acknowledging the love that he gets from across the border? Or maybe he simply thought Mahira Khan fitted the bill. Googling her reveals that she is a mother and is divorced from her husband. She has looked good, done a good job, but really- a 20 year difference? Simply not a fan of big age gaps in lead roles. I personally think the role offered a good chance for SRK to cast an actress in her early 40s- a single mother who lived in the neighborhood perhaps? (I should a writer :))
Nawazuddin Siddiqui is clearly the star of the film. Even though you are fully aware of the power of his talent having seen and admired his work in the past, this one takes it to a whole new level, propelling you to bow in respect, especially considering who is sharing screen space with and matching tone with.
2. THE LOCATION/ ACTION:
Full marks to the makers for the sets and the sites. The action sequences, the chases- more specifically deserve even more of an applause.
3. THE MESSAGE/ THE THEME:
The best part about the movie was hands down the message! And we will leave it to you to find out what in the interest of keeping the review spoiler free! You walk out admiring Shahrukh for delivering the message wrapped in an interesting theme of Gujarat, subtly leading up to it, finally climaxing with few good words!
THE BAD ..
The message is powerful, the the theme interesting, but the plot offers nothing new, nothing different from what has been done in the past- the bad guy with principles theme has been done innumerable times before, his final outcome- predictable.
Overall, Shahrukh Khan himself, the theme around Gujarat, the final message and a beautiful song is what makes the film worth a watch. And yes, it is a family flick except for a greasy item song (dozens- of- men- touching- a woman's- exposed smooth-silky-ab kind of greasy) (btw, the song itself- a remix of the 1970s Laila o Laila song- rather murdered the original classic)
HOW DID THE FILM FARE ...
As per Indian Express, Raees is doing good business across the globe, despite its release being put on hold in neighboring Pakistan. By day 12, Raees has clocked 250-crore mark worldwide, by minting a total worldwide gross of Rs 259.42 crore and has been the fastest January release to clock Rs 100 crore at the domestic box office.