Set in 1981, Raid begins with Amay Patnaik (Ajay Devgn) an over honest income tax deputy commissioner who has been transferred 49 times in the past 7 years coming to Lucknow for his next posting. In the very first ten minutes, we get to know that Amay is a no-nonsense guy and cannot even think of breaking rules let alone anyone else breaking it. Malini Patnaik (Ileana D’Cruz) plays Amay’s wife and is as courageous as him, she actually proves the fact that the family members especially the wives of such officers are the wind behind their wings and are much stronger than them.
The story of Raid and the actual raid is carried out based on a telephonic tip to Patnaik and is carried out at a reputed MLA Rameshwar Singh a.k.a Tauji’s residence in Sitagarh, the location of which was not known to any of the team members as well.
Tauji himself has an aura of a Lion and has the control over his family which is very beautifully shown in a couple of sequences. The aura is so strong that no police officer even thought of coming close to him, in his own words, “Iss Ghar main koi Sarkari officer machhar marne nai aa sakta tum ne Raid marne aaye ho“.
How Amay manages to convert his initial failure in finding anything substantial to the will of ‘raiding’ a whopping 420 crores is what the story is all about.
Raj Kumar Gupta’s direction is really good. He executes all the minute details right from the bond the couple shared to the minute aspects of a raid with precision, even the background score blends in perfectly with the script and doesn’t disturb the flow of the movie.
He even makes sure that the break between the two halves also ends on a high point leaving the audiences wanting for more. The acting by the lead actors and all the supporting actors is just flawless but the one who steals the show is the 85-year-old debutante Pushpa Joshi who plays Tauji’s Mother. And the dialogues by Ritesh Shah just add a cheery to this cake.
All in all the movie is almost flawless with everything working in its favour besides the fact that the thrill quotient is lost somewhere in the story and the last reveal is also predictable which makes it fall a bit short.
We give it 4 stars with a kink. And, brownie points for Pushpa Joshi and the amazing dialogues
Set in 1981, Raid begins with Amay Patnaik (Ajay Devgn) an over honest income tax deputy commissioner who has been transferred 49 times in the past ...4.0