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  • Raees is a 2017 Indian action crime thriller film directed by Rahul Dholakia and produced by Gauri Khan, Ritesh Sidhwani and Farhan Akhtar under their banners Red Chillies Entertainment and Excel Entertainment.[6] It stars Shah Rukh Khan, Mahira Khan and Nawazuddin Siddiqui.[7][8][9]
    Raees was said to be based on criminal Abdul Latif’s life but, the filmmakers denied this, saying “The story of the film is a pure work of fiction, not based on any person; living or dead.

    Taran Adarsh of Bollywood Hungama rated the film 4 out of 5 stars and said, “Director Rahul Dholakia depicts the power play and the cat and mouse chase between Raees and the honest cop Jaideep with flourish and that, in my opinion, is the mainstay of the enterprise.”[30]

    Nihit Bhave of The Times of India rated the film 3.5 out of 5 stars and wrote, “The movie can feel a bit long, but if you’re going for a great SRK performance and some good ol’ popcorn-entertainment, it might just ‘raees’ to the occasion.”[31]

    Devarshi Ghosh of India Today rated the film 3.5 out of 5 stars and wrote, “The filmmaking is pure masala and this is one well cooked masala movie. The story is not suprprising, but Rahul Dholakia’s treatment seems fresh.”[32]

    Writing for The Hindu, Namrata Joshi gave the film 3 out of 5 stars and wrote, “In Raees, he (SRK) and Dholakia would rather dare than play it safe. The character, a complicated portrayal, is in line with grounding SRK in his faith, and making him rise above it.”[33]

    Saibal Chatterjee of NDTV rated the film 3 out of 5 stars and commented, “For Parzania and Lamhaa director Rahul Dholakia, Raees might be markedly unfamiliar territory, but he doesn’t let that fact undermine the content and its context. The balance that he achieves lends the film sustained solidity.”[34]

    Shubhra Gupta of The Indian Express rated the film 2.5 out of 5 stars and wrote, “SRK breaks through in some moments but is stymied by florid, seen-too-many-times flourishes in Raees. It is Nawazuddin Siddiqui who really shines through.”[35]

    Rohit Bhatnagar of Deccan Chronicle rated the film 2 out of 5 stars and said, “The film could have been much more thrilling and gut-wrenching.”[36]

    Writing for Hindustan Times, Sarit Ray gave the film 2 out of 5 stars, saying “Raees also deserves credit for going with a principal set of Muslim protagonists, a rarity for present-day Bollywood. Nawazuddin Siddiqui has the best lines. Raees perhaps works only as an SRK showcase.”,[37] and Anupama Chopra gave the film 3 out of 5 stars, saying “The best way to enjoy Raees then is to manage expectations first. This is an uneven film. In places, you will applaud and whistle. But you might also find yourself utterly exhausted.”[38]


    Sneha May Francis and Mahwash Ajaz of Dawn respectively commented, “This isn’t a fine film. It’s vintage Bollywood fluff, which SRK will manage to turn into box-office gold.” and, “Raees is the story of neither a hero nor a villain – it is the story of a man who lived in a corrupted system with corrupted morals.”[39]

    Manjusha Radhakrishnan of Gulf News gave the film 3 out of 5 stars and wrote, “While the film is engaging, what lets it down are some of the contrived and ridiculous twists in the second half. But the climax packs a punch and that misgiving — ‘where is this film going?’ — is erased.”[40]

    Rachel Saltz of The New York Times stated that “Avoiding flabby subplots, Mr. Dholakia keeps “Raees” taut and suspenseful, even at two and a half hours, though it probably has a song too many

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