Movie Review: Raees

It must be  my general South Indian-ness, because I pronounced Raees as “Rice” instead “r-eez” till my flatmate called out on me yesterday when we went to see the Shah Rukh Khan thriller.

The film was not great, but it was interesting to see illicit alcohol businesses in Gujarat set in the late 1980s to early 1990s. Nawazuddin Siddique is brilliant as usual, playing good cop Mr. Majumdar while Shah Rukh steals the show being Raees-bhai, the owner of an illicit alcohol-business that supplies illegal alcohol to the entire state. Mahira Khan supplies some old-fashioned Bollywood romance to the film, while Mohammed Zeeshan Ayyub (who specialises in playing best mate roles) is Raees’ loyal side-kick.

Points for cinematography, the storyline and the music (although I still think the original laila main laila was better). I’m grossed out by blood and violence and think that it is times like these that the Indian censor board should be censoring violence (because most Indian kids love watching Shah Rukh Khan- atleast a PG-13 certificate is warranted).


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