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Old January 26th, 2017, 09:35 AM
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Ashdoc's movie review---Raees

This film is said to have been made on an obscure ( obscure at least to me , though probably well known to local people ) Don from the Indian state of Gujarat named Abdul Latif , though the film makers have denied this .

Gujarat has prohibition implemented in it's territory , a legacy of being the birth place of Gandhi who was totally against alcohol . But the people of the state drink heartily , and this has led to the state becoming a place where illegal liquor selling is a business in itself .

Raees ( Shah Rukh Khan ) grows up helping an illegal liquor supplier , and later moves to another seller named Jayaraj ( Atul Kulkarni ) who uses his skills to move illegal liquor from one place to another . But when Raees tries to start his own business along with his friend Sadiq ( Mohammad Zeeshan Ayub ) , Jayaraj does not take it kindly . After some convoluted happenings involving a some real violence , Raees gets to become independent of Jayaraj . But the fortuitous manner in which he is saved from getting ruined by a bigger Don named Musa is not impressive .

Later Raaes gets a chance to show his own ingenuity . When he is fooled by a couple of politicians , Raees forms his own political party and outwits them . A particularly persistent police officer named Majmudar ( Nawazuddin Siddiqui ) however decides to target Raaes and a contest of wits develops between the two .

Some of the dialogues of the film from the mouth of the two protagonists ( Raees and Majmudar ) are good , and remind of older action/crime films when dialogues from both the hero and villain ruled supreme . Raees rises higher and higher in Gujarat's criminal hierarchy while this is happening .

In the end however , crime does not pay . Raees is fooled into becoming a much bigger criminal than he thought and his career comes to an end . So he is not invincible and the aura that has been built around him in the film does not live upto it's hype . The 'baniye ka dimaag' ( brains of a sharp shopkeeper ) that he is supposed to have does not work when it is needed most .

The attempt towards the end to prove how fair minded he was sounds fake . If the film is based on a real life Don , then did he really decide not to escape to a foreign country when given the chance just because he was feeling guilty ? And was the real Don so clean that he kept himself away from terrorism ? Not believable . The attempt to prove how secular he was also sounds fake too .

Songs and photography are decent , and Shah Rukh Khan and Nawazuddin Siddiqui act decently too . But Mahira Khan is not good as Raees' wife , though she is extremely fair in colour . Sunny Leone is more enticing in her dance however . The film itself cannot be called a memorable film .

Verdict---okay .

Two and a half stars .
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Old January 26th, 2017, 10:17 AM
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Re: Ashdoc's movie review---Raees

Most other film reviews also give this movie anywhere between 2 and 3 stars.
For Hritik Roshan its sau din sonaar ke ek din lohar ka when compared to Kabil.
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Old January 27th, 2017, 03:02 AM
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Re: Ashdoc's movie review---Raees

The TOI review was titled Raees Review: Double Battery, Single Power

But now its removed but you can check it here https://toistudent.timesofindia.indi...wer/16168.html
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Re: Ashdoc's movie review---Raees

Looks like Atul K is the only Hindu actor in this movie
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Looks like Atul K is the only Hindu actor in this movie
Never knew Sunny Leone converted too... which reminds me a joke that I created on whatsapp...

Seeing Melanie's success, apna Sunny Leone is setting herself new goals too. Watchout Modi
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Never knew Sunny Leone converted too... which reminds me a joke that I created on whatsapp...

Seeing Melanie's success, apna Sunny Leone is setting herself new goals too. Watchout Modi
sunny leone is sikh not hindu
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Re: Ashdoc's movie review---Raees

To North Indian Madrasis, anyone who is not a Muslim has to be a Hindu, didnt you know?
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sunny leone is sikh not hindu
When did I say she is a hindu And when did sikhism move out of hinduism
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To North Indian Madrasis, anyone who is not a Muslim has to be a Hindu, didnt you know?
Ye galat baat hai. Everyone is a hindu by birth. Us ke baad they start converting... some by roting some nonsense books and others by voting for some nonsense political leaders
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When did I say she is a hindu And when did sikhism move out of hinduism
It is a controversial thingy. I doubt whether Sardarjis also will consider Sunny Leone as their own. But mandavali 50-50. 1 1/2 Hindus in the movie
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Ye galat baat hai. Everyone is a hindu by birth. Us ke baad they start converting... some by roting some nonsense books and others by voting for some nonsense political leaders
Delhi, Bihar , Bengal and for now UP have a Hindu minority then
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Few movies from Shahrukh have tried to portray the "hardships" famous actors/superstars have to endure (Fan), how famous actors do not forget their past and stay loyal (Billu), some crap like zindagi or glorifying villains like Raees. More than Amir, I now think this guy is too full of himself.

btw, Sunny Leone's role in this movie is very very crucial
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Few movies from Shahrukh have tried to portray the "hardships" famous actors/superstars have to endure (Fan), how famous actors do not forget their past and stay loyal (Billu), some crap like zindagi or glorifying villains like Raees. More than Amir, I now think this guy is too full of himself.

btw, Sunny Leone's role in this movie is very very crucial
I liked his few earlier films like baazigar kabhi ha kabhi na but later on all his roles were dominant and his presence on screen was full of ego.
He was a fool to come out with a video about himself and declaring himself the king of bollywood.
Amitabh is the King,Emperor of Indian film industry but he so humble that he never does all the cheap things like this fake king Sharukh does to get cheap publicity and attention
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and yet, Amir Khan has more haters than Shahrukh!
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few movies from shahrukh have tried to portray the "hardships" famous actors/superstars have to endure (fan), how famous actors do not forget their past and stay loyal (billu), some crap like zindagi or glorifying villains like raees. More than amir, i now think this guy is too full of himself.

Btw, sunny leone's role in this movie is very very crucial
I'll have to take your word for it

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