Rating: 3.5/5 Stars (Three and half stars)

Star Cast: Shah Rukh Khan, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Mahira Khan, Zeeshan Ayyub

Director: Rahul Dholakia

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Raees Poster

What’s Good: Raees is a complete package of action, romance and drama. A wholesome entertainer of sorts!

What’s Bad: If you connect the story in terms of reality, then it celebrates a false hero.

Loo Break: None extra needed.

Watch or Not?: Raees is certainly a one-time watch. With Shah Rukh Khan in lead, many may not need me telling them to watch it. Also, Nawaz is a complete show-stealer here!


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Raees (Shah Rukh Khan) is a bright child, who early on in his school going years learns the trade of alcohol in a dry state (Gujarat). After working under a popular liquor smuggler (Atul Kulkarni) in his early years, he soon decides to start his own business.

His only rule, “Koi dhanda chota nai hota, aur dhande se bada koi dharam nai hota, jisse kisika bura na ho.”

Thanks to his ‘tedha dimaag’ this Battery (because of his spectacles) soon manages to make it to the big league. His growing success is rightly caught by Superintendent of Police Jaideep Ambalal Majmudar (Nawazuddin Siddiqui). Thus, begins a cat and mouse chase between the two.

While Raees’ street smart ways and political network work in favor, Majmudar’s patience in following up with the criminal is a true laudable value.

Will Majmudar be able to nail Raees? Can Raees be tamed?

Raees Review
Raees Review

Raees Review: Script Analysis

Right at the start of the film, we are shown a disclaimer that the film is not based on anyone’s life. I would have to agree with this decision of the censor board considering in other case, it would have been a film celebrating a real life villain.

The first half of the film takes off extremely well, with a great build up to Raees’ character from his childhood and also at setting the milieu. Starting from a lighter note, we are further sucked into the twisted ‘baniya dimaag’ of Raees and also his otherwise Robinhoodesque image. That’s the part that irks, it would have been a treat to watch SRK just as a gangster, we don’t need the heart of gold touch.

The key element to Raees’ story is to keep the audience hooked and it pretty much works here. The film shifts from politics, to romance and action seamlessly, thus keeping a Bollywood fan entertained.

Dialogues are completely, Deewar style and could surely get whistles blowing at most theaters. Particularly, “Main Dharma Ka Dhanda Nai Karta” and “Battery Nai Bolneka” will be major hits. Also, “Aa raha hoon” gets another meaning altogether in the film.

Script wise, the film starts to become dull in the second half when there is too much of heroism portrayed by Raees. Also, the climax is stretched way out of hand and could have been limited.

Raees Review: Star Performance

Shah Rukh Khan looks dreamy as Raees. His kohl eyed look suits him. Coming to the acting bits, he particularly excels in scenes where he shows extreme anger and also the one where he breaks down. Overall, he is in much better a space compared to his previous acts such as Dilwale and Happy New Year. For his fans, this one will be winner!

Mahira Khan’s casting has been the talk of the town. Unfortunately, she does nothing special here and for all we care, any Bollywood actress could have pulled off that role. She even fails to emote appropriately in a few scenes.

Nawazuddin Siddiqui is a star. Every scene with this man is loaded with entertainment and he is the true key to why this film is a fun watch. Loved him all through!

Zeeshan Ayyub is a great actor and as the sidekick, once again does his job well.

Atul Kulkarni, Sheeba Chadda, Uday Tikekar put up a great supporting cast.

Sunny Leone sizzles in her item number ‘Laila’.

Raees Review: Direction, Music

Rahul Dholakia’s Raees has been up for release since last year. We finally get to see it now and one can say, this is a safe bet for Shah Rukh Khan, considering its utterly commercial appeal.

The 80s setting is captured well and a good job from the production design team. Also, a special mention to the costume department for making Shah Rukh look sexy in bell bottoms.

Dholakia succeeds in making an entertainer that has a confluence of all elements needed to appeal a Bollywood freak. First of all, he gets Shah Rukh on board, then makes him a villain with a heart of gold, then laces it up with SRK style romance, a slow-motion action and chase sequence and lastly a dramatic climax.

The VFX on one particular chase sequence involving Shah Rukh looks shoddy. We almost see him flying off places and climbing like spider-man. The action overall too, could have been choreographed better.

Background score is good and the songs are hummable. Yet, they form as a jerk in terms of a gripping story-telling.

The run-time should have been limited to 2 hours which was easily possible with a shortened climax.

Raees Review: The Last Word

Raees is a paisa-wasool entertainer for massy Bollywood fans! A 3.5/5 for this one.

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Raees releases on 25th Jan, 2017.

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49 COMMENTS

  1. No explanation of story, cinematography, direction, what kind of review is this. Looks like someone just wanted to give different review than others but failed in writing. This review is very awkward with less and kind of irrelevant explanation. If story is repetitive then there is no problem but if story is gripping and not shaky then it is much better to repeat stories rather than trying something different with awful script.

  2. U people dnt knw wht type of movie u wnt from SRK fan which ws awesome by its genre n acting then it flopped n raess all the elements are there action romance dialogues everything then u write it flop??? The problem is that u can’t write better words for the Baadshah cz he doesn’t make south remakes like other actors thts the reason u don’t like his movie…bt RAESS haii FLOP nai bolne kaa

  3. All Srk haters this is for u……. agar flop hone kaa darr hota naa toh theatre mei release nahii karta t.v par kardeta…….mind u this is more better thn kaabil superb acting and the best part ws tht two natural actors face to face wowww tooo much funn

  4. Bull shit of a movie. Waste of time and money. I heard many people saying that they may not
    return to the theater after the interval.

    By the way even before actually opening the KOI MOI site today to read theSurabhi’s review I had taken a bet with my friend that she will give the movie 3 or 4 stars. I won the bet.

    The movie does not deserve even one star but considering the money power of king khan
    we knew that Koi Moi wil give it 3 or 4 stars.

    Jyoti Sharma

  5. What all u wnt from Srk u wnt him to do chak de type of movie u wnt him to do swades type of movie?? He did fan but whts with indian audiences ?? So y to hate him or gve his movie negative reviews??? u dnt like then dnt watch srk movies from nxt time itss as simple as u get…….

  6. #Raees is all pakage like ( Action, Dialoge, Romance and laila)

    Bahut din baad SRK ka aisa Film aaya hai SO DONT MISS

  7. #Kaabil is also a must watch movie But #Raees is better than #kaabil for one reason because it very close to realism. So I agree with koimoi what they said about #kaabil “Missing realism in the story and its cold approach hamper this film”

  8. I am not a Fan of SRK, but after watching the movie i realised why he has millions fan in bollywood. Movie is superb and watchable by everyone.

  9. Even after having 60% screen count, it is going neck to neck with KAABIL. It purely shows that people accepted KAABIL more than RAEES. The initial day collection is higher becoz RAEES had full shows and KAABIL had only half day shows. Initial pulling of RAEES only because of the fan following of SRK, So now from Monday onwards we will see which will get more collections. I am quite sure that even with 40% screen count KAABIL will get more collection as the film is accepted by family audiences as well.

  10. EVERY TIME SRK REPRESTING INDIA FIRST WHY SOME INDIAN PEOPLES HATING HIM HE ALWAYS MAKES FEEL TO BE A PROUD INDIAN YE INDIA HE GUY DON’T HATE INDIAN HO KE INDIA WALO SEE NAFRATH NAHI KARNA LOVE YOU SRK BEST EVER AND RAES ALSO AWSME MOVIE

  11. Worst review I have seen by Koimoi. I trusted your reviews and after watching this movie I am surprised how you rated this movie 3.5. Paid review I am guessing. This movie deserves 1 star. Nothing more.
    Deleting app now. Will look for new sources.

  12. plz Raees update collection
    Domestic Collection 13 Days Total Collection 156.84 crores
    Worldwide Collection 13 Days Total Collection 295 crores

    Raees Day wise collection Domestic Collection
    1st day collection 20.42 crores
    2nd day collection 26.30 crores
    3rd day collection 13.15 crores
    4th day collection 15.45 crores
    5th day collection 17.80 crores
    6th day collection 08.55 crores
    7th day collection 07.38 crores
    8th day collection 07.10 crores
    9th day collection 06.85 crores
    10th day collection 07.11 crores
    11th day collection 13.70 crores
    12th day collection 13.79 crores
    13th day collection 06.62 crores
    13 Days Total Collection 156.84 crores

  13. wrong update Raees collection 140.46 Crore

    Correct Update Domestic Collection 14 Days Total Collection 163.13 crores
    so, plz Raees update collection sow in board chart
    Domestic Collection 14 Days Total Collection 163.13 crores
    Worldwide Collection 14 Days Total Collection 304 crores
    Raees Day wise collection Domestic Collection
    1st day collection 20.42 crores
    2nd day collection 26.30 crores
    3rd day collection 13.15 crores
    4th day collection 15.45 crores
    5th day collection 17.80 crores
    6th day collection 08.55 crores
    7th day collection 07.38 crores
    8th day collection 07.10 crores
    9th day collection 06.85 crores
    10th day collection 07.11 crores
    11th day collection 13.70 crores
    12th day collection 13.79 crores
    13th day collection 06.62 crores
    14th day collection 06.29 crores
    14 Days Total Collection 163.13 crores

  14. It seems koimoi.com is playing the role of anti-shahrukh khan.
    That’s why there is almost no post/news about Raees whereas daily we are watching news/income about Kaabil.
    Now even I think the income of Raees is showing lower than actual at the same time showing higher for Kaabil intentionally.

    Fuck off Koimoi.com
    From today onward I and my friends won’t hit your URL even a single time. Even not by mistake as well.
    Try to be fair with everyone. Don’t mislead anyone.

  15. It seems koimoi.com is playing the role of anti-shahrukh khan.
    That’s why there is almost no post/news about Raees whereas daily we are watching news/income about Kaabil.
    Now even I think the income of Raees is showing lower than actual at the same time showing higher for Kaabil intentionally.

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