Saurabh Shukla outshines Ajay Devgn

Saurabh Shukla outshines Ajay Devgn

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Based on the real life story of an Income Tax officer, Raid is about the longest-running Income Tax raid in Indias history. IT officials raided the house of a businessman, and Congress MLA, Sardar Inder Singh in Kanpur on July 16, 1981 and recovered an unprecedented amount of undeclared assets in cash and gold.

After the critically acclaimed Aamir and No One Killed Jessica, director Rajkumar Guptas last venture was Vidya Balans forgettable affair, Ghanchakkar. Three years later, the filmmaker is back with what he is best at – telling real life stories. And Ajay Devgns Raid is the right vehicle for the comeback.

Ajay plays Income Tax officer Amay Patnaik based on the life of Sharda Prasad Pandey, who was the Income Tax commissioner of Lucknow in 1981 while Ileana essays the role of his dutiful wife.

Saurabh Shukla essays the role of a menacing and manipulative politician who is clearly a Congress MLA, who is shown meeting Madamji/ Prime Minister Sahiba, though we never get to see her face.

Raid is dialogue-heavy, with Gupta relying mainly on Devgns intense performance to build his case. Right from his morning tea to a visit to the office, officer Patnaik is all about heavy-duty dialogues that are high on the moral quotient. Not just him, even others tend to speak similar language when the officer is around. While Devgn fans may love these seemingly seeti-worthy moments in the film, you are likely to be put off if you arent one.


CAST: Ajay Devgn, Ileana DCruz, Saurabh Shukla
DIRECTOR: Raj Kumar Gupta
GENRE: Action, Crime, Drama
RATING: 3.5/5

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