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Just another average extension of Bajirao Singham

  • Mihika Sengupta

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    2.5
    Desimartini | Updated - August 10, 2018 11:24 AM IST
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    RaidWatch trailerRelease date : March 16, 2018

    Raj Kumar Gupta’s rendition of the supposedly longest ever income tax raid, that lasted up to two days, Raid, looked assuring in the beginning and had some powerful moments. But it was so thin on plot and drowsy in pace that by the end of it one would just wait for the film to get straight to the climax and end. The re-creation of the event could have been far more tight, crisp and spine-chilling than it turns out to be.

    Performances

    Ajay Devgan aka Amay Pattnaik is a righteous and law-abiding officer in the Income tax department whose untiring honesty has always been rewarded with more than 49 transfers to different places. The actor plays him – like he has been playing since Rohit Shetty’s Singham - serious, truthful, and heroic. There isn’t any change in the expressions, in the acting style nor in the dialogue delivery, that will make you feel that you are watching just another avatar of Singham’s Bajirao.

    The story puts him in opposition to Saurabh Shukla’s character Rameshwar Singh aka Tauji, one of those well-connected businessmen who has links with politicians, the police, and with local goons. The only amazing (in the superlative) performance in the film comes from him, who is self-confident that no one and nothing can bother him. Watching his character slowly unfold, as he finds out what his family has been up to behind his back, it’s hard to blink an eye even for once. Shukla, is in himself a school of acting and when he is up on-screen, you tend to oversee the other characters.
    I patiently waited for Sheeba Chaddha to deliver something solid, but the script lets her down, as it does to Amit Sial (so good in Titli), as the taxman who starts off duplicitous yet finds gumption. Raid had potential, but it comes off lingering and offhand.

    Amay’s wife Malini aka Ileana D’cruz, is a pretty damsel, tiffin-carrying accessory to her brave and heroic husband, with just one or two solo scenes. Repeated small scenes between them and an eye-catching ill-timed romantic song reveal poor writing and thought process on the part of the filmmakers.

    The narrative further loosens in the second half, especially, when the key character of Tauji leaves the premises to seek help from his political acquaintances.

    Songs

    Songs weren't a necessity for a film like this but since Indian audiences can't do without music, there had to be some sort of melody.

    Is it a must watch?

    Well, that depends upon personal taste and liking for a particular star but if you ask me then I would suggest that it’s as good as seeing on television whenever it gets premiered. One should think thrice before spending approximately Rs.200 to Rs.300 on this.

    In the end, I would just say that Raid took me down from my expectations of it. It hints at bankruptcy of ideas and runs out of objective well before the finish line.

    I’m going with two-and-a-half out of five.

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