Movie Review: Raid is Truly a Multi Starrer Film

April 06, 2018 , , 0 Comments

There is normally one hero in every film, story notwithstanding. In this movie, there is not just one but three Hero, three stars who have stolen the thunder and your heart with their heartfelt performance.

Let's talk about each of them starting with the deep, intense and "made for the role" Ajay Devgan.
Ajay Devgan' Ameya is an obvious character, brought to life with the sincere performance by the actor who look, walk and talk his character with great panache and no frill.

Ameya is the honest to death IT officer who is self -reliant, respect the rules and does not take favors that he cannot return. Except for a couple of references including carrying his own ghoda chaap to the party, the character is well sketched and well executed. Ajay's Ameya is more credible than Aksay Kumar's Jolly or even his Rustom or Ranjit Katyal. 

The role as I said tailor made for him and he executes it sufficient credibility without playing to the gallery. 

The second hero of the film is the corrupt MLA- Rameshawar Singh, even briliantly and flawlessly performed the highly talented Saurabh Shukla. Saurabh Shukla is an actor par excellence who looks, talks and eat like corrupt politician in a way that instead of hating his character, you would like and empathize with him. Which was the last villain [played by a character artist and not Shahrukh lhan] you felt same about?

The Third hero of the film is- Amma, a noteworthy role played by actor Pushpa Joshi. A lot of us may not know who is Pushpa Joshi but after watching this film, a majority will us not forget her. Such is the power of her portryal before you dismiss it as "just a small character" in the film. Pushpa' Amma is the most real character of the film, mouthing 1-2 liners at large intervals of the story, making you to ache to hear more or have her presence on the screen. Every moment the camera turns on her, she does nothing but to delight you with her deadpan expression [sans any drama or tears] or that gawky look in her eyes. 

You must watch this film to see these characters unfold and narrate.

While I called Raid a multi starrer and mentioned them too. There were other popular actors like Ileana D Cruz [who looked good in her designer cloths], Sheeba Chadda [good to see her onscreen but had little to do] and Sulagna Panigrahi.

This movie is based on a True story which makes it even more noteworthy. There is a cariacature of erstwhile PM Indira Gandhi, dealt in a politically correct manner and few songs here and there, bringing a relief to the earnest women having an interest in the Ileana's well tailored costumed and natural makeup.

Talking about Ileana d Cruz, she played the supporting wife of the IT officer, in an important and "must tell the tale" role. She may be the glam factor of the film, wearing those well designed, well accessorized look but overall fail to evoke the emotion beyond a point where it should have reached actually. I would have loved to see any other, not so popular actor sans the glamor there. 

The emotional song between the raid was like a big O! And was as not needed as the over the top romantic portrayal. It was a cliche but if you are watching with your husband, you may appreciate it as an opportunity to send some messages to him.. lolz.

Overall the movie is a good watch. No it is not an "angry man against corruption, whamming the bad guy with orchestrated fight" kind of movie. Thank God for that. I was really not prepared to see a Singham in Raid. I liked what I saw and it was a refreshing change. A must lesson that everyone should carry home.

Go watch it!

Numerounity rating: 3/5

I am leaving with few tongue in cheekyy pictures. Hope you like them. 

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