Just another recollection of the bygone days where the little boy grows up into manhood between the lap of a race. The seventies action packed drama; the reckless yet good at heart goon; the flamboyant hero; his beautiful lady love and his baby calling into action the good man show; the songs – which are many and glamour packed and finally the cat and mouse game with the one headstrong foe in the shape of the ‘Khakhi Vardi Wala’ who has pledged to bring him down – with all the masala, Raees is still an average film. While it can evoke a sense of nostalgia, it definitely has nothing new as far as the plot is concerned.
Developed on the backdrop of the coastal region of Gujarat, the first half rolls on seamlessly. It elicits the strengths of the protagonist who turns from a super smart young kid from a very poor family (still in the wrong environ and with the wrong people, growing wrong morals) to the head of the syndicate of goons. The second half, as can be well expected, renders him helpless in the hands of ‘Fate’. Inspite of all good efforts to save his empire and welfare of the people of the vicinity at heart, the hero cannot win over fate just this time. Bricks of his golden empire crumble down upon him taking him down. However, the hero is all powerful till the end even if it is by virtue of his power packed dialogues.
Mahira Khan deserves mentioning – though is stifled in her little prettifying role, which she has done justice to. Mohammed Zeeshan Ayyub (Raees’s childhood friend), Atul Kulkarni (Jairaj ) and Narendra Jha (Musabhai) have done justice to their characters too. Playing the titular role, ‘Shah’ Rukh Khan does play the ‘Shehenshah’ of the movie. As always this versatile actor yet again has shouldered the burden of success of the film. But the one person who contributes immensely in easing his burden is Nawazuddin Siddiqui (IPS Majmudar), a worthy opponent who can ruffle the feathers of the highest bird of prey.
However much the memoire of the Bollywood action films of the seventies and the eighties, the King Khan film is still a hit on the Box office and has managed a 7.2 on IMDb. The soundtrack has eight songs in all though the film was released with only seven songs. The song ‘Halka halka’ was clipped off for lack of its necessity in the film. As with all Shah Rukh Khan films, Raees is at least a one- time watch.
Director: Rahul Dholakia
Producers: Gauri Khan, Farhan Akhtar and Ritesh Sidhwani
Soundtrack: Ram Sampath and OmGrown, Kalyanji–Anandji, Jam 8