Raess (Wealthy) is reportedly the biopic of an underworld don.
Starring: Shah Rukh Khan, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Sunny Leone Director: Rahul Dholakia
Classification: UA Release date: Jan 25 Genre: Action – crime – thriller Mins: 2 hrs, 35 mins
”It’s the percipient charisma of SRK on whose confident shoulders Raees marches along the road to learning just how bad is bad enough. But Nawaz’s winsome cunning is where lies its dimaag and daring. There’s a good deal of Bachchan’s Vijay in its DNA but the cat and mouse felt a nice recall to FK-Amjad’s camaraderie in Qurbani. Raees gets too busy in the latter chapters and sassy ambition making way for sudden burst of conscience feels heavy handed. I was very disappointed with its final scene. Still it’s got enough wind in its moments to ensure the period drama leaves you more high than hanging.”
–Sukanya Verma | Film critic
“I can watch the film just for her again #MyLove #SunnyLeone”
–Rahul Basu | Joint Convener, Hyderabad Bengali Film Festival
“The film is nothing more than adolescent macho escapism.”
“Expectedly, the principal premise of the film is morally dodgy, what with the protagonist being a defiant law-breaker who willfully erases the line between right and wrong and swears by the primacy of his shady business.”
“Trajectory… similar to that of Pablo Escobar (as seen in the Netflix series Narcos; or even in any of the other gangster flicks director Dholakia has said he was inspired by, such as Godfather and Scarface.“
“It is clear that the makers dumped the character of Raees on the script like ordinary mortals drop clothes into washing machines—listlessly… Film after film these days, Khan’s directors have been giving him roles to play in which the woman he is supposed to be in a relationship with is pretty much a joke. These women are absurd, or unreasonable, or simply pathetic, like the character of Raaes‘ female lead. And their job is to worship the star. Exactly why was Deepika Padukone made to grovel in a pool of low self-esteem and self-pity in Happy New Year? Or Mahira Khan made to look like a glorified curtain in Raaes? And why was Kajol the hot-headed, easily-conned fool in Dilwale? And, for god’s sake, Kareena Kapoor’s character was such a zombie in Ra.One that a robot seemed more human than her.”
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