Based on one of the most talked about raids in India, Raid is a one of its kind drama directed by Rajkumar Gupta. Starring Ajay Devgn in the lead, the film traces the acts of an honest income tax officer who takes on the challenge to raid an influential and powerful man in the system despite all odds. While Ajay plays the ho...more
Based on one of the most talked about raids in India, Raid is a one of its kind drama directed by Rajkumar Gupta. Starring Ajay Devgn in the lead, the film traces the acts of an honest income tax officer who takes on the challenge to raid an influential and powerful man in the system despite all odds. While Ajay plays the honest income tax officer, Saurabh Shukla is seen essaying the corrupt powerhouse who is being raided.
The film is directed by Rajkumar Gupta who has previously made movies like Aamir and No One Killed Jessica. His experimental outing with Emraan Hashmi and Vidya Balan couldn't click when Ghanchakkar couldn't work at the box office. The film is produced by Bhushan Kumar. less
“Raid has enough intensity to grip you in its narrative. ‘Warrants’ a watch”
There are not many movies based on incidents. There is an old saying says that dog biting man is not news but man biting dog makes a good news item. Raids on wealthy people may not be big news but in this case a small time income tax sleuth takes on a wealthy politician and ruthlessly carries out a long duration raid( Almost 72 hours). He does not halt the raid even when the PM intervenes since he does not believe in the telephone conversation and wants a written instructions by fax. Needless to say this written instruction never comes. The film is based on a true incident where a highly duty conscious IT officer Amay Patnaik ( Ajay Devgn) with his group decides to raid the premises of a wealthy powerful politician Rameshwar Singh (Saurab Shukla) after getting a tip off from reliable sources. The film shows the extended raid itself and the aftermath in the form of an exciting climax. The house is turned upside down and every nook and corner is searched including the puja room and the well. It is then that Ajay gets a tip from an internal unknown source to look into certain specific areas of the house and he gets what he is looking for. There is an exciting climax but I can't mention more from spoiler point of view. The film shows the process and technalities of conducting a raid in great detail and it is interesting for the common audience. The clash between the raider and the raided is shown well with the help of some powerful acting and dialogue. Director RajKumar Gupta sets up a good pace and has controlled the movie at most places but has allowed it to fall to ridiculous levels at places like when wife ( Illeana) brings food for the entire raiding party. It is inconceivable how the IT officer's wife would know where the raid is being conducted. The plus point of the film are the powerful performances of Ajay Devgn and Saurab Shukla. The sharp cutting dialogue is very effective. As someone from the family has let him down Saurab Shukla says " Ravan ko Ram ne nahin Vibhishan ne mara tha ". Illeana as the wife is wasted in an ill written role. The music in the background is just passable.