Raid | Bollywood Trailer | Ajay Devgn | Ileana D’Cruz |

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Raid is an Indian period crime thriller film written by Ritesh Shah and directed by Raj Kumar Gupta. The film is inspired by the real life IT raids that were conducted by the officers of the Indian Revenue Service in the 1980s. It is a laboured, one-dimensional tale which involves the incorruptible and fearless Amay who after getting tipped by a secret source, raids the premises of the well-connected business tycoon and the most powerful man in Lucknow – Rameshwar Singh aka Tauji (Saurabh Shukla). Raid movie release was on 16 March 2018.

Devgn essays the role of an income tax officer from Uttar Pradesh and going by the poster, it seems he plays one of those officers who remain unscathed by the vices of greed and dishonesty. Instead, he is a serious, non entertainer officer who is the flag-bearer of integrity and righteousness in the world of scams and bribery. The film’s tag line reads, “Heroes don’t always come in uniform.”  While the message against corruption is strong, the plot pivoting around just one case, seems stretched with verbal deliberations and one-upmanship between the hero and the antagonists and overtones of romance and concern between the hero and his wife Malini (Ileana D’Cruz).

Saurabh Shukla as the chief antagonist is in top form. He delivers with all sincerity. But what elevates his performance is the support he gets from the cast who plays his extended family.

Each character has their moment of on-screen glory, but the best is his octogenarian mother who is charming with her bluntness. She steals the show from all of them. On the production front, the film is well-mounted except that in certain scenes, the lighting seems to be an issue. The frames were too dark to enjoy the visuals. While Amish Trivedi and Tanishk Bagchi’s background score has the right timbre for the drama, the songs in the film are an aberration in the narrative. They break the momentum of its intensity.

Overall, Raid is a film that gives an insight into the corruption of our country.

Release date: March 16, 2018.

Genres: Political, crime, Thriller.

Cast:  Ajay Devgn, Ileana D’Cruz, Saurabh Shukla.

Director: Raj Kumar Gupta.

Production Company: Panorama Studios, T-Series.

Music Director:  Amit Trivedi & Tanishk Bagchi.

Editor: Bodhaditya Banerjee.

Cinematography: Alphonse Roy.

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