Raid (2018) – Movie Review

Raid is a period crime-drama thriller film written by Ritesh Shah and directed by Raj Kumar Gupta who is known for his unique take on storytelling. The story of the film is based on the real-life longest running high profile Income Tax raid that was conducted in the 1980s.

The film revolves around very honest and fearless Income Tax Department officer Amay Patnaik (Ajay Devgan), the man driven by rules, who had been transferred 49 times in his 7 years of government service. Now newly shifted in the city of Lucknow with his wife Malini (Ileana D’Cruz), Amay receives some confidential information against Rameshwar Singh/Tauji (Saurabh Shukla), the three times MLA and most feared and corrupt politician in the city. Amay, after verifying the same information, who is not afraid of knocking anyone’s door decides to attempt the raid on Tauji’s big house. Rest of the film portrays intriguing drama which happens between Amay and his department’s team and Tauji and his similarly corrupt family during this raid.

The story of the film is not so convoluted, at the core it is pretty interesting and gripping. The clash between Ajay Devgan as a noble and honest income tax officer and Saurabh Shukla as a corrupt and cruel MLA is worth watching and most entertaining. Even after having so many different characters in the film, only Ajay Devgan and Saurabh Shukla steals every scene they are in. Pushpa Joshi as Amma Ji is the comic relief in the film and fits really well in every situation she is in. The film has some pacing issues and has some totally irrelevant soundtracks which make the film unnecessarily longer.

Verdict : For the performances by leads and unique story alone this film is watchable.

Rating : 3.8/5

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