Release Date: 16th March, 2018
Cast: Ajay Devgn, Ileana D’Cruz, Saurabh Shukla
Writer/Director: Raj Kumar Gupta
Producer/s: Kumar Mangat Pathak, Abhishek Pathak, Bhushan Kumar, Krishan Kumar
Raid Movie Review Rating: 3.5/5 Stars (Three and half stars)
Star Cast: Ajay Devgn, Ileana D’Cruz, Saurabh Shukla
Director: Raj Kumar Gupta
What’s Good: The Tom & Jerry play between Ajay Devgn & Saurabh Shukla, it makes you laugh throughout, very smartly written dialogues.
What’s Bad: The plot gets unconvincing at places, few unnecessary songs & forced romantic angle between Ajay & Ileana.
Loo Break: If you take it, you’ll either miss a good comic scene or a quirky dialogue. Take it on your own risk!
Watch or Not?: Watch this for some pure popcorn munching fun & some brilliant performances.
The story of Raid is set in Lucknow, during 80s and it starts showing for what everyone has came to see the movie – the raid. Without unveiling much, Raj Kumar Gupta takes the story a month earlier showing what all led to this infamous raid. Amay Patnaik (Ajay Devgn) is the IAS who plays by the rules and can’t be influenced by anything. He clashes with Rameshwar Singh aka Tauji (Saurabh Shukla) at a party.
Since then Amay starts getting hints from an unknown source about Tauji’s hidden untaxed treasure at his house. Amay, who has already been transferred for 49 times for his honesty, trusts his instincts and executes what is said to be the riskiest raid ever. Tauji, a corrupt politician, tries everything to stay cool and diverts Amay’s mind from the raid. Amay starts getting what he wanted and the rest of the story is moulded around Tauji’s attempting to win this war of ego.
Raid Movie Review : Script Analysis
The story is penned by Ritesh Shah and this man had the toughest job to do. To write a story based on real events is not always easy because of the amount of research work goes behind it. Ritesh has done a mind blowing job in knowing what happened and filtering what he wanted to show to keep the entertaining factor alive. Backed with equally seeti-maar dialogues, the movie gets its strong base from these two pillars.
At times, you feel how this could’ve happen in real life but that’s what Ritesh does with his research, makes you believe. Screenplay by Ritesh and Raj Kumar Gupta is one of the best things about the movie. To the point proceedings results this movie to have a perfect run time. Gupta, from the first scene, decides to establish the characters of Ajay Devgn (honest) and Saurabh Shukla (crooked). Despite the story based in just one house, Gupta keeps it so intriguing you forget to check the watch on time.
Raid Movie Review : Star Performance
Ajay Devgn is in his zone throughout & we know how he plays on his homeground. The role of Amay is tailor made for Ajay and it’s impossible to imagine anyone else then him. His portrayal will make you wonder whether the real guy was as law-abiding as him.
Saurabh Shukla is the hero of the film. Post a memorable performance in last year’s Jolly LLB 2, the master is back to prove how there’s a lot more to extract from this genius. He gets the best lines & deservingly delivers with utmost honesty. His face off with Ajay Devgn is on the lines of Ajay-Prakash Raj from Singham, entertaining throughout.
Ileana D’Cruz plays her part well and has looked charming as always. The good thing about her role is, it has not gone overboard which makes it acceptable. Amit Sial as Lallan Sudheer also makes his presence felt. His portrayal of the most side-splitting officer accompanying Ajay in the raid complements the witty layout. Pushpa Joshi as Saurabh Shukla’s mother is HILARIOUS, the most humourous thing about the movie and she has done an outstanding job.
Raid Movie Review: As the title of the movie, it starts with an unkown Raid. Director Raj Kumar Gupta decides to keep the suspense under the wraps and pulls back the story a month earlier. Introducing Amay Patnaik (Ajay Devgn), a honest I-drink-what-I-can-afford, IAS officer.
He’s honest, he’s strict and decides to go after people who are stealing taxes from the government. Amay has a loving wife in Nita Patnaik (Ileana D’Cruz) who is annoyed by his 49 transfers till now.
Amay gets an unkown call who gives him leads about a big fish stealing tax. Trusting his instincts, Amay decides to execute this raid by teaming up with his men. Following an interesting pattern, Amay without letting anyone know about the assessee goes ahead to raid his house.
Without wasting much time, Gupta reveals Rameshwar Singh (Saurabh Shukla), an infamous MP of the area whose house gets raided by Amay. Gupta takes the entertainment question to another level as the process of raid starts in the film. The introduction scene between Amay and Rameshwar hints at what we’ve in store for the remaining movie.
Couple of songs in the first half surely spoils the party and could easily have been avoided. Good thing is, the songs are in bits and pieces. First half of the movie ends on a brilliant note building up a strong base for the second one. One brilliant thing about the first half of the movie is its subtle humour, it’s there throughout.