19 April, 2021


Watching it as just a movie divorced from the reality around us, Raees offers as many moments of entertainment as tedium in the second half...


Starring: Shah Rukh Khan, Mahira Khan, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Mohammad Zeeshan Ayub
Director: Rahul Dholakia

What does a star do when he has already proclaimed himself the ‘king’ and paid tribute to himself in a movie called Fan. He plays a gangster in an Eighties throwback of a film, a larger than life character with a messiah complex, ‘in and as’ Raees.

Because it is Shah Rukh Khan playing a ruthless Gujarat bootlegger, who, a voiceover intones, was responsible for making the supply of illicit liquor in the dry state a multi-crore business, it is supposed to be an awe-inspiring achievement.

The dialogue being used for the film’s promotion states: “Koi dhanda chhota nahin hota aur koi dharm dhande se bada nahin hota.” Raees uses his...

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