The much awaited gangster drama Raees is finally out in theatres. Starring the King Khan alongside Nawazuddin Siddiqui in the title roles, based on criminal Abdul Latif’s life, though the filmmakers deny this, saying “The story of the film is a pure work of fiction, not based on any person; living or dead.” The action film is directed by Rahul Dholakia.
Before you book your tickets, it will be interesting to have a look at the reviews of the Shah Rukh Khan starrer…
1. The trouble is that Rahul is trying to create a gritty crime drama but he is also upholding the myth of the superstar Shah Rukh Khan. So the character must walk a tightrope and somehow be a noble badass. The best way to enjoy Raees then is to manage expectations first. This is an uneven film. In places, you will applaud and whistle. But you might also find yourself utterly exhausted. Still, as the girl in Dangal so memorably put it: Shah Rukh ko na nahi bolte. Paap lagta hai. – Anupama Chopra [Hindustan Times] (3/5)
2. 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! – Taran Adarsh [Bollywood Hungama] (4/5)
3. Harking back to the days of the anti-hero of the pre-Shah Rukh Khan era, Raees is a gangster saga with a contemporary spin. It takes recourse to subtle sleights of new-age style to compensate for what it lacks in terms of thematic essence and narrative pace. It makes a fair fist of the palpably onerous task. Shah Rukh shrugs off his defining starry mannerisms, embraces physical attributes and accessories designed to convey an air of to-hell-with-the-world insouciance, and becomes an effective anchor for a film that hinges overly on his box office clout to carry it across the finishing line. – NDTV (3/5)
4. On the whole, Raees will turn out to be a comfortable winner at the ticket windows. Despite a routine story, it has a lot of masala for the audience to keep them satisfied. Business in the first five-day weekend will be phenomenal. Single-screen cinemas will see surging crowds of the kind not seen too often these days. – Zee News (4/5)
5. It is a story whose denouement is clear almost as soon the film rolls, and yet, if you sit through the film it is only to see the superstar play a character he has never done. So fatally flawed that even the redeeming features are not enough. It sure is a very bold Shah Rukh Khan who has stepped out of his comfort zone. Will the audience do so, too? – Rediff (2.5/5)
6. Shah Rukh Khan returns in and as Raees , a golden hearted mobster who does bad things for a good cause. It is a role constructed to grab back his pole position, and to that end Shah Rukh Khan strains at fulfilling every single point of the In and As trope. He sings and dances, he fights and romances: he also tries to fulfil the outlines of a character. And that’s where the film gets stuck, between the two stools of restraint and full blown tamasha – Indian Express (2.5/5)
7. The first half is well-paced; it draws you in and makes you root for the bootlegger; Majmudar’s one-liners and the music whet your appetite and the Laila Main Laila sequence ups the ante. But the second half plunges into a weird Robin Hood zone where the antihero’s morals are suddenly defibrillated and he becomes a messiah. The movie takes a rough path there on, and the long runtime makes the ride bumpier. 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. – Times of India (3.5/5)
8. Full of tightly-choreographed action sequences and a brilliantly written script, Raees finally marks the beginning of good movies in 2017. While the ending might seem a bit stretched to some audiences, Shahrukh will still manage to pull at your heart-strings.For those caught in the dilemma of whether to see Hrithik Roshan’s Kaabil or this film first, we would recommend booking your tickets (if theatres aren’t already full) for Raees. – Financial Express (4.5/5)
9. 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. – Deccan Chronicle (2/5)
10. Should you be watching Raees? Yes, because despite its predictable plot, a slow second half- it has SRK delivering a sharp performance- something that his fans have been yearning to watch for a long time. – News18 (3/5)
11. 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. Shah Rukh Khan aces his role even when the film loses its way. – FirstPost (2.5/5)
Mixed to positive reviews for the gangster drama….so are you gonna watch it?!