The most awaited movie of Bollywood Baadshah Shahrukh Khan ‘Raees‘ is finally in theatres. Raees is fictitious story of a man, Raees (played by Shah Rukh), who builds an entire illegal business empire from the scratch. It’s a story about his rise and his relationships, which help him become the single most powerful man in the state. The real story behind police officer Majmudar (played by Nawazuddin Siddiqui) is depicted in the film, who vows to eliminate crime and Raees empire.
So, here’s an expert review roundup on Raees by Bollywood critics.
Taran Adarsh (4/5)
“On the whole, RAEES is a sure-shot hit. To state that SRK is sensational would be an understatement. The love, adulation and stardom that he attained in his early films will be showered on him yet again in RAEES. A few more factors contribute too: Nawazuddin Siddiqui’s winning act, the aimed-at-masses written material and of course, the gripping finale. As far as the BO is concerned, there’s no stopping this one. An outright winner. Just don’t miss it!”
Bollywood Life (2.5/5)
As a movie, Raees is definitely a letdown especially for those who expect a Deewar-like dhamakedaar masala movie. Fans of Shah Rukh Khan might give the movie its huge initial but don’t expect the road ahead to be a smooth ride. And warning for all superstars – acting with Nawazuddin Siddiqui is injurious to your own dramatic talents – he can steal your glory right from under your nose.
Raees is certainly a one-time watch. With Shah Rukh Khan in lead, many may not need me telling them to watch it. Also, Nawaz is a complete show-stealer here!
Indian Express (2.5/5)
Shah Rukh Khan manages to breaks through in some scenes but this film belongs to Nawazuddin Siddiqui who is having the time of his life. A song in the film reminds us that Raees played by SRK is a ‘single piece ‘ in this world. Yes he is, but maybe we’ll be more aware of that the next time around.
Times of India (3.5/5)
Shah Rukh Khan has never looked better; he’s full of fury and for once, isn’t spreading his arms, but breaking others’. The film lies entirely on his shoulders and he carries the weight most of the times. The movie can feel a bit long, but if you’re going for a great Shah Rukh performance and some good ol’ popcorn-entertainment, it might just ‘raees’ to the occasion.
Deccan Chronicles (3.5/5)
‘Raees’ is certainly a one time watch but don’t expect the unexpected at all. If you are seeking a plot with enough twists then you will be disappointed. It’s just the run-of-the-mill ‘chor-police’ chase, which you must have seen infinite times in the past. Strongly recommended for Shah Rukh Khan fans.
P.S. ‘Raees’ is a slightly better film than ‘Dilwale’ and ‘Fan’.
What a fine, fine performance this is by Shah Rukh Khan — possibly a career best. And what a fine, fine film this is by Rahul Dholakia. Its triumph is that it brings the best of ‘Bollywood’ — the sheer entertainment and glamour and scale of it — to a gripping story. Watch Raees for Shah Rukh Khan. Watch Raees for Nawazuddin Siddiqui. Watch Raees for Rahul Dholakia. But most of all, watch Raees for Raees.
Raees serves up every thrill and spill you’d expect from a commercial masala movie. While the story and ideas aren’t all new or refreshing, Raees’ big play comes from its nostalgic treatment. This is a film for SRK fans and those who’ve grown up on a staple fare of Hindi pot boilers. Heroes, action, dialogue, romance and music this one has the whole jingbang.