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Crime drama from the 80s, songs like they are from the 90s, slickness and style from the 00s. And story like a thriller should be written.Read more
It is so heartening to see the actors on the top take a few risks and go a little away from the norm. None of the themes are new – be it a sports underdog, based on true life story in Dangal or a revenge thriller in Kaabil or a Robin Hood-esque hero taking on the world in Raees. But, they are decently written and don't have the typical formulaic trappings of Hindi films. Also, you see the stars try their best (even if they don't succeed 100%) to be the characters and not themselves. This is truly heartening.
The challenges he faces and the solutions he comes up with make Raees an engaging 2+ hour watch.
Raees has Shah Rukh Khan play a ragpicker's son called Raees. He has aspirations to be a businessman. Not the suave, stylishly suited, city businessman. He aspires to run a profitable business using his uneducated but street-smart acumen. He wants to do no harm while making his profits. To make him the textbook Robin Hood, the said business has to be illegal, and so it is.
The challenges he faces and the solutions he comes up with make Raees an engaging 2+ hour watch. Every move he makes has a counter-move either by the involved politicians or the honest policeman (Nawazuddin Siddiqui). This makes the web complicated for Raees and claustrophobic for the audience who is egged to support him, even against the honest policeman.
This nexus isn't new to us. We have seen every “star” be a part of this nexus in more than one film. However, the actions and reactions amongst them are relentless through Raees and yet they aren't repetitive. The stakes get higher with each iteration. None of this makes you come to the edge-of-your-seat but you do find yourself taking sides and wondering what the next move will be. You see the ever-so-slight transitions in characters and yet they are consistent with what you would expect of the said character.
Shah Rukh Khan slips in and out of being Shah Rukh Khan, but he is more Raees than Shah Rukh Khan at most times. This is despite some very good yet “film-y” lines. It would have been so easy to get carried away and SRK-ise them. But there's restraint and that restraint doesn't glare at you in the face. The rest of the cast isn't gimmicky either.
The tribute to this genre of Hindi films from the 80s is obvious including the song placement. However, the style of songs reminded me more of those from 90s. Yet, neither of those are jarring as they were in their times because of the writing. Sure, there are loopholes and there are continuity jerks (especially in some of the action sequences). However, it is just a relief not to be taken completely for granted as the audience. It is a relief to see a formula film play around with the formula. For now, that is good enough.
Raees is very unlikely to have a lingering effect, but while you are watching it, you are 100% there. For now, that is good enough.
- meeta, a part of the audience
Thumbs up, by Subhash K Jha, Bolly Spice : ...At the end when Raees’ world falls apart with a close encounter of the ‘thud’ kind, there is no surprise left in the plot. It isn’t only Raees who has nowhere to run to. ... full review
Thumbs up, by Taran Adarsh, Bollywood Hungama : ...On the whole, RAEES is a sure-shot hit. To state that SRK is sensational would be an understatement. The love, adulation and stardom that he attained in his early films will be showered on him yet again in RAEES. A few more factors contribute too: Nawazuddin Siddiqui’s winning act, the aimed-at-masses written material and of course, the gripping finale. As far as the BO is concerned, there’s no stopping this one. An outright winner. Just don’t miss it! ... full review
Thumbs up, by Priyaranjan Pradhan, Desi Martini : ...Raees is an action-thriller its purpose is to energize & involve an audience,it succeeds. Simply Flawless nawazuddin,srk shines like a king. The film is solid in terms of content and makes the right balance of masala and realism. ... full review
Thumbs up, by Smita Vyas Kumar , Desi Martini : ...Raees could have been sharper if it hadn’t got into maudlin and holier-than-thou territory because the Director is bent on proving that Raees was a good man. We don’t mind a bad man’s story either provided it hooks us. Raees doesn’t fully succeed but still it is worth a watch for a few glimpse of SRK’s magic and Nawazzudin’s Inspector Majmudar who can also do a mean MJ dance. ... full review
Thumbs up, by Rachit Gupta, Filmfare : ...SRK’s bravado dialogue delivery has some great stand out moments. Nawaz’s cheeky lines make you smile. Sunny Leone’s Laila number adds the veritable oomph. Raees serves up every thrill and spill you’d expect from a commercial masala movie. While the story and ideas aren’t all new or refreshing, Raees’ big play comes from its nostalgic treatment. This is a film for SRK fans and those who’ve grown up on a staple fare of Hindi pot boilers. Heroes, action, dialogue, romance and music this one has the whole jingbang. ... full review
Thumbs up, by Devarsi Ghosh, india today : ...Mahira Khan is, well, there; just because she is not from around these places, you thought she was going to get something else to do other than exist? Silly you Lastly, the small moments... like the one where Shah Rukh's Raees is happy with the news of a new family member gracing his life very soon and the very next minute, he gets a call to kill someone. ... full review
Thumbs up, Indicine : ...However, if you are expecting Raees to be a perfect crime thriller with major twist and turns then I would request you to give it a miss. Because story is quite predictable and what makes it enjoyable is the characterization and performance of the casts, specially SRK and Nawaz and not the story as a whole. ... full review
Thumbs up, Indicine : ...Conclusion: Raees is not a safe film, in fact it is a daring film for the makers to have made and for Shah Rukh Khan to have acted in especially after the brickbats he has received during the last few years. Raees is a flawed film, but it is an entertaining flawed film.... full review
Thumbs up, by Saibal Chatterjee, NDTV : ...Eventually, this is a man's world and Raees is about SRK and Nawazuddin. Despite the concessions it makes to commercial demands, or probably because of them, the film is none the worse for it. ... full review
Thumbs up, by Manisha Lakhe, Now Running.com : ...Watch it because the recent spate of silly romances have not touched you at all. The bad-guy-with-a-golden-heart Shah Rukh fills that space, and really well.... full review
Thumbs up, by Namrata Joshi, The Hindu : ...Yet, there’s more to the film. If Vijay addressed the angst of the day and the prevalent cynicism against the system, Raees, though a lot less intense and brooding, and more brassy and overstated, is also rooted in a specific point in time, and location. ... full review
Thumbs up, by Nihit Bhave, Times of India : ...The movie can feel a bit long, but if you’re going for a great Shah Rukh performance and some good ol’ popcorn-entertainment, it might just ‘raees’ to the occasion. ... full review
Thumbs up, by Rummana, yahoo! India : ...However, I would still suggest that you watch the film, because among all the action films that Shah Rukh has attempted, this has to be the best. Watch this for SRK’s fistfight with butchers. You will almost forget this is the same man who makes women swoon with his outstretched arms and pastel sweaters. ... full review
Thumbs up, by Raghav Jaitly, ZEENEWS.COM : ...'Raees' is an entertainer which is driven by powerhouse performances. From dialogue delivery to slow motion sequences, the movie will give you goosebumps at times. If you want to witness high-octane actions, intense emotions and sincere filmmaking, then go for 'Raees'. It amalgamates Shah Rukh's charm and Rahul's intelligence. ... full review
So-So, by Anna MM Vertticad, annavetticadgoes2themovies : ...The first half of Raees is supremely interesting and filled with promise. Besides, Shah Rukh Khan is a joy to watch in this new, exploratory innings of his career. The second half lets him down though. Style trumping substance is rarely a good thing for a film. ... full review
So-So, by Bobby Sing, Bobby Talks Cinema.com : ...Summing up, No doubt RAEES is a weak, repetitive and once again not a wise choice of a script by the KING KHAN, but the film has one unique quality I would like to loudly praise it for. ... full review
So-So, by Sreeju Sudhakaran, Bollywood Life : ...As a movie, Raees is definitely a letdown especially for those who expect a Deewar-like dhamakedaar masala movie. Fans of Shah Rukh Khan might give the movie its huge initial but don’t expect the road ahead to be a smooth ride. And warning for all superstars – acting with Nawazuddin Siddiqui is injurious to your own dramatic talents – he can steal your glory right from under your nose. ... full review
So-So, by Rohit Bhatnagar, Deccan Chronicle : ...'Raees' is certainly a one time watch but don't expect the unexpected at all. If you are seeking a plot with enough twists then you will be disappointed. It’s just the run-of-the-mill ‘chor-police’ chase, which you must have seen infinite times in the past. Strongly recommended for Shah Rukh Khan fans. ... full review
So-So, by Shakha Singh, Desi Martini : ...Raees is packed with every trademark ingredient of a masala movie that Bollywood exploited back in the 70’s and 80’s. However, with filmmaker Rahul Dholakia instilling modern day sensibilities for today’s cinematic audience, the film comes out as a complete experience. Shah Rukh Khan is as good as he can get and you only wonder why doesn’t he do more movies like these quite often. The film has flavor, it has style, but more importantly, it has Nawazuddin Siddique.... full review
So-So, by Josh, fullhyd.com : ...Dholakia doesn't leave it at that. He does other interesting things like texturing his Gujarat the way a Ghosh or Sircar would detail their Bengal. You know that Siddiqui's Majmudar is not of equal priority as Khan's Raees, and yet Dholakia will never let you feel like Majmudar is shortchanged by the film. There's a cool and admirable dignity in the conflict. Something that Siddiqui makes great use of. ... full review
So-So, by Uday Bhatia, Live Mint : ...Siddiqui plays that ace, then plays it again. Several hands go the way of Mohammed Zeeshan Ayyub, quietly intense as Raees’ friend and second-in-command, Sadiq. Mahira Khan, breaking into Gujarati from time to time, looks like she’s in the wrong card game.... full review
So-So, by Jaidev Hemmady, Movie Talkies : ...However, having said that, Raees may appeal to die-hard fans of Shah Rukh Khan, who don't mind their idol serving up some 70s style nostalgia… ... full review
So-So, by Prasanna D Zore, Rediff : ...While SRK is a brand in himself, and a big one at that, it would have helped the film's creative -- not box office -- cause to have the courage of its conviction and not turn Raees into the story of a whimpering, secular, sanskari gangster. ... full review
Thumbs down, by Baradwaj Rangan, Blogical Conclusion, The New Sunday Express : ...The uncertainty in the film’s tone and pitch reflects in Shah Rukh’s performance. At times, he’s servicing the script. At times, he’s servicing his fans. But the girls in the seats next to mine kept screeching every time he showed up, so maybe he’s doing something right.... full review
Thumbs down, by Yatin Sharma, Desi Martini : ...The very elements that build the character of Raees so dynamically in the first half are stripped off in the second half of the film that derails its narration to a large extent. Raees is far from being a bad watch but is even more far from being a good one. All in vain!... full review
Thumbs down, by Johnson Thomas, Free Press Journal : ...The songs are passable – not quite memorable. Ram Sampath’s music is forgettable. Mahira Khan has presence and poise in her favour. The talented Zeeshan Ayub has been wasted in a thankless role that never comes good. Even the personable Narendra Jha has little to do (even though his role is modelled on Dawood). Director Rahul Dholakia, better known for his gritty, realistic film ‘Parzania,’ appears to have crossed the line -into bodacious larger-than-life masala film territory and that’s a real pity! ... full review
Thumbs down, by Sarit Roy, Hindustan Times : ...Yet, the problem is fundamental: the writing is shoddy and unoriginal. And by the time it wades into certain true events, it is left with too little time and meaning. Raees perhaps works only as an SRK showcase. But we’ve seen many of those already. ... full review
Thumbs down, by Fatema Kagalwal, India Entertainment : ...It’s been a while our films have changed and a while since Shahrukh has changed too. But the more Shahrukh changes the more he remains the same. That’s the joy of it and the pain of it too, and it shows up both ways in Raees. ... full review
Thumbs down, by Saumil Gandhi, Upper Stall : ...Raees is a half-baked hero in a half-baked film. The canvas is spectacular; a hero living on the fringe of the law, standing up against a system that needs fixing. It is almost as if the film shies away from confronting with the audience. In the way it is edited and how the screenplay is setup, the film never gains intensity. We end up watching a pillow fight, when we’re really in the mood for a hard as balls fist fight. ... full review
YashPathakk: I watched #Raees only one thing to say, #Awesome Thank u for awesome movie @iamsrk And what a great performance @Nawazuddin_S #Aa hi Gaye
whirlwindtots: #Raees a gangsta flick with good background music. Nice to watch the cat and mouse game between SRK and Nawazuddin siddhiqui
wa8789068127: Such a awesome brilliant movie raees is.. can't tell you about this masterpiece just go n watch it.. @RaeesTheFilm
vicky223163: Watched #Raees for the 2nd time.Fell in love once again with @TheMahiraKhan You are looking just stunning.Lots of love from India. #Respect
The_Last_Alien: #RAEES धमाकेदार जबरदस्त #राहुल_ढोलकीया बहोत कमाल का डायरेक्शन. #SRK again prooved that he is d #KINGOfBollywood @iamsrk @rahuldholakia
thenameimran: it was never a competition Watch Raees For unlimited Entertainment And Goosebumps
TejaswaniSriva1: #RaeesSuperbStory #luvuRaees❤ @iamsrk #RaeesDay #bestmovie #lastseenofthemovie
taz_mohana: (5)* team RAEES, thanks for giving us such a splendid movie!
TausifYahoo: Superb movie paisa vasul he raees bhai @iamsrk
SurajNigam20: Raees .....SRK has come back with blast.
SumairS63065398: Raees u proved to b the real king of the bollywood .raees is an amazing movie
SRKChandigarhFC: Just watched Raees with my parents. @iamsrk performance was incredible. it is the best film I've ever seen. Left the cinema fully contented.
sonoreza: watched it twice here in Malaysia, its best acting of @iamsrk , chakde india, ddlj and #Raees best movie of srk.sir please don't shave
skasifiqbal: After a long time, it's mind-blowing..... – thinking about @raees
Simpleboy6969: Watched #Raees . Go and Watch it guys.. SRK ne Acha kaam kiya. Story achi hai
sidrajasmine: Loved every bit of it.,. What a stunning performance #Raees #iamsrk #themahirakhan attractive appearance U beauty <3
ShubhamLodha6: #Raees just watched the movie and have only one word to say. Fantabulous @iamsrk
shoaib8601: What a terrific movie #Raees is!!
shivang20106050: Finally saw the raees of bollywood........ @iamsrk fabulous, fantastic movie
sheeba_desai: Family Time #Raees Time 3rd Time... Just for u.... Love You Always And Forever @iamsrk
ShaikhRaheel6: Great movie srk sir And this is the events of fdfs of Raees fabulous movie Great work by U also nawaz sir
sarimakbar123: superb film @raees @iamsrk love you sir
Saood_Jamal: The best chemistry I have ever seen is @iamsrk & @TheMahiraKhan you are effortlessly gorgeous #Mahira. Love you!!! #Raees
sameers86753544: Just watched raees superb movie
sajeedshaikh004: Raees shahrukh bhai super action and tragedy movie of raees
sahirali00: What a performnce of SRK in raees a must must must watch movie
rishav_agrawal: #Raees a power packed film. Takes you back to his #Ramjanne days. @iamsrk is back with stellar performance. Total entertainer & paisa vasool
RealSagarjagtap: "u are genius sir @iamsrk Blockbuster movie #Raees...i watch raees again...!
rahul__Jethava: Watch #Raees Fantastic Movie @iamsrk just Nailed It
QasimMaravilla: I LOVED RAEES
prashant_dracus: "When he is good, he's good. When he is bad, he's better" @iamsrk Too good. #Raees. Good movie @Nawazuddin_S is just brilliant @RaeesTheFilm
prabhu_pathy: Baazigar main ro padha aaj raees pe,kuch toh baat hain srk main,jab bhi aate hai dil jeet letai hai,mahira,no words,awsm @iamsrk #Raees
Nivitalks: It would be so unfair if I didn't mention @Nawazuddin_S . He was brilliant and classy and everything we wanted in an opponent #Raees
natasha_2o1o: role and emotional depth that he gave to it was just so darn amazing man! He owns the screen when he's on it! Raees would be counted in the
nassersalim80: Raees is a movie that succeeds on almost every count where thecharacters played by SRK and Nawaz make the film worthy of all praise @iamsrk
naimhyd: #Raees, a must watch movie zabardast ☺
MTalha24: Saw #Raees on the plane. Loved it. Possibly @TheMahiraKhan best performance ever.
mtaimurhasan: #Raees AMAAAZINGGG PERFORMANCE @TheMahiraKhan deserve Oscar
msush12: How can someone criticize movie like this #raees one of his best ❤ @iamsrk
menavaneeth: Watched Raees twice and will watch many more times @iamsrk.
meLaksh19: Bhai Raees Dekh ke mazaa aa gya Haters ki toh jal gayi @iamsrk
manish_moosa: #raees what a wonderful movie
K_awais: JUST Saw #Raees Mind Blowing film Good Work Sir @iamsrk
Kurooz_Man: #raees is a marvellous one. There's no word to describe the phenomenal acting of @iamsrk @TheMahiraKhan @Nawazuddin_S It's simply fabulous
ktalib89: Just saw the movie #RAEES. Awesome movie.! Loved it... u r the Real King @iamsrk sir.
krishnil28s: SRK is on fire. haha. . Raees Bhai Chhaa Gaye.
kapilapande: Miya bhai ki daring aur baniye ka dimag...wrapped in a heart of gold #Raees SRK stole the show...and hearts <3
J76671889: Raees fantastic movie....
itsrahul1987: #iamsrk #raees Hell wth all the if's and but's against sch a super srk performnc.. He ws, is and remain the king evrywhere!!! Loved Raees❤❤❤
iShourob: And lastly @iamsrk is the greatest actor in the world. My man never fails. My words won't justify anything but watch RAEES!
IndrAnilDey_: Watched #Raees today. Love you @iamsrk and your beard. Baniye ka dimag, Miyanbhai ki daring.
im_asim2415: Watched Raees Yesterday.Awesome Movie Nd Dialogues.. @iamsrk Acting Toh Ek number @iamsrk nd @Nawazuddin_S
imranpatel208: "BOLE TOH #RAEES FILLUM MEREKO BAHUT PASAND AAYI!" #SRK JUST SAW WHAT A PERFORMANCE YOU'VE GIVEN !OUTSTANDING
ImRahulSethi: Superb acting, superb music.. Superb dialouge.. #Raees Nd speclly Ammi jaan kehti thi.....
imPrachita: Loved #Raees! Such a well sketched character portrayed brilliantly by @iamsrk. Mind blowing dialogues & jaw dropping action! Must Watch!!!
imPKaushik: May #raees bcm d most successful nd loved movie ...inshaallah @iamsrk good luck sir
IemShiva: Just Watched Raees second time. Amazing experience than first time, The BGM , SRKs look is just Dangerous
iam_zaid: And @TheMahiraKhan is the heart of the #Raees. She's beautiful & brings so much into the film. Superb chemistry between SRK-Mahira!
iamnasir_: Guys if you had some time then go to theater watch #RAEES movie totally awesome.and worth it. and wish you all Happy Republic day. @iamsrk
iamakkian: Raees is a good watch. Second half is very good. SRK's performance, background score and dialogues are amazing!
GurvirSingh_: That was one of the best @iamsrk movies I've seen so far. @TheMahiraKhan completely nailed it. Great work. #Raees was INCREDIBLE.
gsadhukhan041: Awesome Mindblowing Movie it is #Raees
giveawayfazo: Done for 2dy to watch RAEES... SRK acts with his eyes, specs n the body language says a lot more classy confidence realistic . #RaeesDay
FaizanDugga2: #RAEES A worth to watch movie. Looks like @iamsrk was only born for this role. Wishes for big success of #RAEES
DeeKayBoss: Last night watched #Raees #Movie awesome
Biswas19Avi: #Raees dek kar me bhi kus hoo Last scene ne muje rula diya. Sab ko de rahe ho mera ko bhi reply de do na @iamsrk
BiggestRichafan: Just watched #Raees such an amazing movie..full to action power dammal,loved your intense @iamsrk you rocked it sir. do more role like Raees
AslamAhmed93: Just saw #Raees awesome acting by @iamsrk and @Nawazuddin_S ... It has given best start of 2017 in the world of entertainment....
AshaSin13747850: ..Raees...best acting by shahrukh and nawajuddin....nice dialogue.. Awesome action...wonderful movie.. Raees..
armanibawa: Amazing Movie raees @iamsrk
Amina_AFRIDI: LOVED #RAEES @iamsrk This is what I love about Shah Rukh. He steps out of his comfort zones so comfortably @TheMahiraKhan big hug to u
akki_the_Rock: Each year used to end with a blockbuster..but thanks to @iamsrk This year begins with a blockbuster.#Raees @iamsrk era continues ..
abhinavsaurav: watched #Raees yesterday. It was awesome movie. But was very emotional at the end. Loved it Baadshah uncle @iamsrk.Dialogues were awesome.
abhinavkhandpur: Finally saw your acting instead of overacting! :p #Raees is your best movie so far @iamsrk :)
aayush_2427: What a republic day its 3 'R' today in jodhpur #Raees #RepublicDay #rain full on entertainment luv u @iamsrk .....
8hzNMzzxUOIobOZ: Amazing yaar what r the raees movie offcuse must go u watch
Sangeetha_Devi: Loved @iamsrk, @Nawazuddin_S & the Gujarat setting. Some riveting segments, yet ended up feeling #Raees could have been so much more.
Prem_dillwala: Watched raees entertaining first half and boring second half
pahari_sanjiv: #Raees review: 3/5 Movie ends with a good message! Its a watch. Good Work by @iamsrk and Nawas sir along with whole cast... @RaeesTheFilm
nameismayank: Anyways @iamsrk and Nawaz bhai acted superbly in #Raees...Movie was a 1 time watch...
gamefreakmathur: #Raees ❤ brilliant work by @iamsrk #RepublicDay
deepaknrn: What was missing in #Raees was a better heroine , a strong 2ND half. Never the less the action sequences, background score were amazing
priyangaf: Raees is boooooring!!! over drama, stupidity, over acting! Poor storyline...Just an ordinary film!! Avoid it.
MNsays: Raees is a flop film...loud character,over acting ki hadh ho gayi.. Nawazuddin done well
ManishBisht15: #Raees is pathetic movie !!
karannkapoor18: Now a days. Bhakts don't even need to boycott @iamsrk movies.. His movies are so pathetic now that no one watches them even. Raees is shit.
ImKRs3: Today I Watch #Raees Bhai Mera Dimag Kha Gya Koi Waps La Do
Gyanban: #raees a bold confusing absurd movie.
BeingRohan_: I swear, #ShootoutAtWadala is any time better movie than #Raees. This film is full on Chutiyapa. SRK's Worst. Only watchable thing is Nawaz.
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