Rajkumar Gupta has had his troubles with movies, and looking back at the likes of which he has directed, you can say that he’s developed quite a style. Before ‘Raid’, the last movie that he worked on was ‘Ghanchakkar’, and this goes way back to 2013.
There was a disastrous backlash he got on the movie, forcing him to lay low for a while. He marks his return with ‘Raid’, a movie that’s based on true events, and is set way back in 1981. This movie may not give you what the title indicates, but it is infact one of the most entertaining movies you’ll watch this year. The lead of the movie is Ajay Devgan, who plays the role of Amay Patnaik, an income tax officer. The movie sees him move to a different location (Lucknow), along with his wife, Malini. There he takes on one of the most powerful, politician, named Tauji.
Tauji is set up to be an antagonist with a very cold demeanor. Any goes on to carry the longest raid ever at his mansion, and while on paper, this may not seem interesting at all, but the way the actors play their roles along with beautiful direction, the movie really does keep you at the edge of your seats. The runtime for the movie is decent, clocking at about 128 minutes. You may feel that the second half of the movie is a bit dragged out, but that’s to be expected by one of Rajkumar Gupta’s films.
The locations at which the film is shot might seem a bit off to some, but it fits perfectly with the tone of the movie. As far as direction goes, I don’t have many complaints other than the movie being a little too predictable at times. The climax of the movie was certainly one of them. The acting was one of the strongest points of this movie. We had Saurabh Shukla playing the role of Tauji, and it is safe to day that he hit hammer on the nail with the way he handled the task.
I don’t think there are any other issues with the movie, and the few that I’ve nit-picked don’t hold the movie back even a little. Overall, I think this is a movie that you should definitely check out. It may not be the biggest movie out there, but it definitely serves its purpose well, all the while getting exciting by the second.
Raid movie is not available to watch it online as of now but it’ll be available for download on Amazon Digital in upcoming months.