Raman Raghav 2.0 , the latest offering from director-auteur Anurag Kashyap opened at Cannes last week. Starring the maverick actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui, the movie is alreasy in the news for the raw and brutal trailer which released a few weeks back.
It is a neo-noir film based on a serial killer from Mumbai who operating during the 60s. And even though the film is titled after its protagonist, the film has reportedly put out a disclaimed at the very beginning claiming the film is not about him. It also follows Bombay in the 60s, the ever-so-explored themes of morality, good versus bad (best manifested by Vicky Kaushal as a cop) in a thematic game of cobs and robbers. The movie was showcased at the Director’s Fortnight section of Cannes and here is what the top international critics have to say about the film:
Screen Daily – “It’s a propulsive and bloodthirsty thriller with a brash use of music and a jangling, adrenalised energy which rarely flags. It should connect with a young Indian audience, both domestically and within the wider diaspora, looking for a hip, confrontational alternative to mainstream Hindi cinema.”
Variety – “Domestic commercial returns for this unabashedly sensation-seeking outing may well be healthy enough to give that [a sequel] possibility a blood-spattered green light, though one hopes Kashyap — whose limber, enthusiastic work here jolts more than it actively surprises — has his eye on fresh genre terrain to exploit.”
Hollywood Reporter – “The story could have turned into one huge cliché, and there are genre elements that are numbingly familiar, was it not for the exceptionally scary performance of Nawazuddin Siddiqui in the role of the villainous, demented serial killer.”
Unanimous praise for Nawaz but the film has got a mixed response. Anyway, we are all gonna watch the film ain’t we?! Raman Raghav 2.0 opens in theatres 24th June, 2016.