Raid: The other side of Special 26

After giving a blockbuster 200 crore movie last year, Ajay Devgan’s first movie set to release this year is “Raid” which will make its way to cinemas on 16th March 2018.
The trailer that was released on 5th Feb has already been viewed more than 20 million times on YouTube.

As the name suggest, the story is about an incorruptible IT officer Amay Patnaik (Ajay Devgan), who gets an anonymous tip about the illegal assets of Tauji, a political leader. To grab this opportunity, Patnaik plans an elaborate raid on Tauji’s home and business

WHAT TO EXPECT

Going by the trailer, the movie is similar to Special 26 but our protagonist is on the ethical side this time and will be seen as a badass Income tax officer by the name Amay Patnaik, who has already been transferred 49 times pointing out the hardships of an honest government official. The movie is based on true events; as the name suggests the movie revolves around a high profile raid done during the 1980s on a person by the name “Tauji” who, has support of the natives and they won’t let anyone harm him, the money involved is 420 crore (a humongous amount considering the 1980s).

The movie is already quite popular on Twitter with memes floating all around the social site. There is a dialogue by the antagonist that has taken the shape of a meme and it goes like:

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Intense action and adrenaline pumping thrill scenes just like Drishyam can be expected from the movie but we all will have to wait till the release to know for sure.

ABOUT THE MOVIE

A good film is it’s own reward. Raj Kumar Gupta has made an entertaining and impressive film with Raid. Ritesh Shah has written an intelligent script and screenplay one that has interesting characters and dialogue too. Raid is an engrossing film, its moulded in the commercial film format. There are songs, there are twists and there’s an abundance of thrills. This one has all the trappings of a film you’d want to root for. As the hero fights corruption with utmost honesty, and his team of officers unearth hidden assets with lively enthusiasm, the viewer feels the thrill of seeing gold biscuits and currency notes pop out from walls and other unlikely sources. The music by Amit Trivedi and Tanishk Bagchi doesn’t really fit into the gritty narrative and end up as a distraction from the otherwise taut story. Tracks like ‘Sanu Ek Pal’ and ‘Nit Khair Manga’ look like they’ve been included just to add to the film’s commercial prospects.

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Ajay Devgn plays Amay Patnaik with characteristic intensity and resolve. He’s the quintessential public servant. His ideals are taller than his lanky frame and his integrity is infallible. With great pride he assumes control of the IT department in Lucknow in the year 1981. Saurabh Shukla plays the chief antagonist Tauji to great effect. He’s the resident baahubali, a man who prides his political power and has enough confidence to mock the hero before the raid begins. He throws him a challenge, that the IT man will not find a single rupee during the search operation. In Raid, the battle takes place between the ideals of one man and the belief of the other. The hero is the voice of justice and righteousness while the villain is on a power trip. Their banter, their clash and their conflict makes for an engrossing watch. But this politically charged film is at times a little too predictable.

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Saurabh Shukla’s performance as Tauji is the highlight of the film. He brings in quirks and shades that make his character the most interesting part of the film. Ajay Devgn does what he does best – he keeps the intensity high and delivers his punchy dialogues with effortless ease. Ileana D’Cruz and Amit Sial chip in with good supporting performances as well. 85-year-old Pushpa Joshi as Tauji’s mother is extremely charming.

Director Raj Kumar Gupta handles the film well. The last 10 minutes seem a little fleeting, but that’s a minor grouse. The music by Amit Trivedi and Tanishk Bagchi isn’t consistent either. But Raid is a film that caters to public sentiment against black money and corruption. All in all, this one’s right on the money.

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