Set in early 1970’s to 1990’s Gujarat, RAEES is a fictional story of a man by the same name. The film explores how Raees’ relationships and spectacular rise helped to make him the single most powerful man in the state. He is portrayed not like a gangster but more of a maestro. Raees gains popularity and public’s trust by demonstrating ambitious flair and free determination in achieving goals.
The film opens with a brief childhood sequence, in the early ’70s and moves on to show Raees as roadside smart boy, who starts his interest in criminal activities. His quality of being clever and reacting quickly, revolutionary ideas with an ability to think on his feet later comes under the eye of the cop, beautifully played by Nawazuddin Siddiqui, who swears to catch him. Starting from the classic look of Raees wearing spectacles and being called as ‘Battery’ by his romantic interest, Mahira Khan who is restricted to songs and a few emotional scenes and doesn’t really add much, which didn’t work and couldn’t impress us.
Sunny leone, who is well known as Laila, also didn’t raise up the temperature. In fact, amongst all the supporting characters in the film only Nawazuddin, shines in the film. Nawazuddin Siddiqui steps in with his crackling performance. In the trademark of Nawaz style, he delivers some comic relief while playing the Tom & Jerry chase game with Khan. The 1st half of the film itself covers the most of the story and the second part gets predictable and boring.
Raees was not as good as was the expected but hope the film will hit a positive response at the box office. Clashing with it is Kaabil which will eat in to its box office collection.