Raj Kumar Gupta's procedural drama Raid, starring Ajay Devgn and Ileana D'Cruz is a good one time watch. Honest IT officer versus an influential man is fun.
Powerful, corrupt and influential man against a loyal, honest income tax officer. This story can’t be that entertaining! Well, we thought so after watching the spineless trailer of Raid, that was nothing close to exciting. But Ajay Devgn has proved us wrong yet again. Raj Kumar Gupta’s procedural drama is a good watch. There are bits which are questionable but overall Raid is a weekend entertainer.
Release Date: 16th March 2018
Director: Raj Kumar Gupta
Music Director: Amit Trivedi, Tanishk Bagchi.
Production: Abhishek Pathak, Bhushan Kumar, Kumar Mangat.
Cast: Ajay Devgn, Ileana D’Cruz, Saanand Verma and Saurabh Shukla.
Raid is clearly set in the 1980s, it is all about a fearless Income Tax Department officer (Ajay Devgn), who conducts a non-stop raid at the house of a powerful man (Saurabh Shukla) in Lucknow. Devgn’s Amay Patnaik arrives at his new posting after being transferred from station to station as punishment for his integrity. The story, much like other Ajay Devgn movies unfolds in the series of events confronting the antagonist. There are several skirmishes among the both and the drama is gripping. Will Amay be able to conduct his raid successfully or bow down to the politician’s clout forms the crux of the film.
Ajay Devgn is spot on as an officer crusading against the system. Raid is no different path for him as he does these roles effortlessly. He carries his dead-pan face as he rattles seemingly ‘powerful’ dialogues. The seemingly interesting part of this movie is Ajay Devgn is stipped off of his superhuman powers. In his 27-year-old action-packed career, there are many an instance where he could spin cars with his arm, walk in the air or single-handedly bash a horde of goons. But Raid is very realistic with proper human-like sequences minus the typical Bollywood hit formula of stupendously meaningless cock and bull action with melodramatic songs in foreign backdrops.
Raj Kumar Gupta has marked his presence with movies like ‘No One Killed Jessica’. His clean-cut direction and neat production values ooze in this IT officer movie. A realistic, gripping and engaging procedural drama makes Raid surely a great one-time watch.
Although the cuts are clean but Raj Kumar invests minutes too much to establish the characters. The initial scenes of the movie is a drag and will surely affect the audience.
Ileana D’Cruz portrays the role of a loving and supporting wife. Without having a fraction of the impact on the script. Her ordinary showcase speaks volumes about her choice in a mere run of the mill roles. Anyone blindly picked could fit into her role. She set a benchmark in Burfi, but since that everything is in a shade tad below gray.
The excitement graph of the movies severely plummets as it becomes very predictable. Good versus evil showdown and you know that the good guys always win!
Saurabh Shukla and Ajay have cast in such roles before and there isn’t anything refreshing they bring to the table. Thier characters are monotonous and such is the story of Raid.
Screening for 128 minutes and 3 seconds, Raid is just adequate for a ‘based on a true story’ film. It is far from a typical Bollywood potboiler. Although it isn’t a nail-biting thriller but is certainly a good watch if have nothing else planned for a weekend. As per the verdict, it sneaks up to be a decent one time watch.
Comparedada rating: 3/5