After Baadshaho, Ajay Devgn is back in his no- nonsense officer kind of a role with Raj Kumar Gupta's Raid. Before beginning the movie review, you should know that this movie is inspired by the real life Income Tax raids that were conducted by Indian Revenue Services back in the '80s. Starring the best actors for such thriller movies including Ajay Devgn, Ileana D’Cruz and Saurabh Shukla this movie will not let you leave your seat.
Set in Lucknow during the '80s, the films begins one month earlier to show what really led to the infamous raid. Amay Patnaik (Ajay Devgn) is the IAS officer who always plays by his rules, but things take a wild turn when he clashes with Rameshwar Singh aka Tauji (Saurabh Shukla) at a party.
As soon as Amay starts getting hints from an unknown source about Tauji's hidden untaxed treasure at his house. Amay, who has already been transferred for 49 times for his honesty, trusts his instincts and executes what is said to be the riskiest raid ever. Then the corrupt politician, Tauji tries to play it cool by diverting Amay's mind. In the end, the story is really molded around Tauji’s attempts to win this war of ego.
The writer of the movie, Ritesh Shah has done justice to the script in all ways. One would agree that writing a movie based on real events is not easy but Ritesh did a fantastic job in keeping the entertaining factor alive. Backed with equally seeti-maar dialogues, the movie gets its strong base from these two pillars. Screenplay by Ritesh and Raj Kumar Gupta is one of the best things in the movie. Gupta, from the first scene, decides to establish the characters of Ajay Devgn (honest) and Saurabh Shukla (crooked). Despite the story based in just one house, Gupta keeps it so intriguing you forget to check the watch on time.
We all know how Ajay Devgn performs on his homeland. This role is tailor made for Ajay and it is impossible to think of anyone else than him. Ileana D'Cruz charms us all in every way. The good thing about her role is, it has not gone overboard which makes it acceptable. Amit Sial as Lallan Sudheer also makes his presence felt. But the best performance in this movie, is of Saurabh Shukla. The actor with his roots in theaters, levels up his game after last year's Jolly LLB 2. He gets the best lines & deservingly delivers with utmost honesty. His face off with Ajay Devgn is on the lines of Ajay-Prakash Raj from Singham, entertaining throughout.
The man behind movies like No One Killed Jessica and Aamir, Raj Kumar Gupta has once again proved his worth to all of us again. Raid, falls in the Special 26 genre including a continuous humor quotient which surely works for the film's advantage. Wrapping everything within the time frame of just over 2 hours, Raid evokes the excitement in a very controlled time. Recreated songs by Tanishk Bagchi are forced and unneeded. Papon’s song by Amit Trivedi is placed well making it worth the story. Background score by Tanishk goes well with the narration and advances the scenes as per their mood.
Watch this movie to be entertained because Raid surely deserves a solid 7.5/10. This one is a raid you'll not mind being a part of!