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Raid Movie Review: Ajay Devgn’s compelling act and Saurabh Shukla’s performance make this an unalloyed delight

Ajay Devgn Saurabh Shukla Ileana DCruz film is engaging and entertaining.

Anuradha Shrivastava Anuradha Shrivastava Updated on: March 16, 2018 18:12 IST
  • Movie Name:Raid
  • Critics Rating: 3 / 5
  • Release Date: MARCH 15, 2018
  • Director: Raj Kumar Gupta
  • Genre: Period Crime Thriller

Raid featuring actors Ajay Devgn, Saurabh Shukla and Ileana D'Cruz has released today. As mentioned in the trailer, the film is based on a true story and talks about the longest and one of the high-profile raids conducted in 1981 in Lucknow. The movie is directed by Raj Kumar Gupta, who has earlier helmed films like Aamir and No One Killed Jessica.


Amay Patnaik (Ajay) is an honest Income Tax officer who lives life on his own terms and his dedication for his work is the reason he has been transferred 49 times. This time, he conducts a raid on the corrupt politician Rameshwar Singh (Saurabh Shukla). Well, it is not an easy task to point finger at a person who is worshipped like God. Will Amay romp to victory?


When we talk about movies revolving around income tax department or raids, the first film that comes to our mind is Neeraj Panday’s Special 26. Well, Raid becomes appealing because of its concept and talented actors like Ajay and Saurabh are cherry on the cake. Both the stars once again deliver stellar performances and leave you confused in a good way as it becomes difficult for cinema lovers to decide who is better.

Ajay has always done justice to all the roles that he has portrayed on the silver screen. It goes without saying that he is one of the versatile actors of the industry. He nailed as an IT officer. He makes you wish to have a superhero like him in today’s time who can courageously go to any extent to fight for the right. His swag and some whistle-worthy dialogues will remind you of Singham but this time instead of fighting he lets his eyes talk.

Saurabh is again brilliant as Rameshwar. With his powerful acting, he makes you believe how evil he is. He is blessed with the art of winning hearts. At some point of time, you will forget that he is the same man who made you laugh in Jolly LLB 2.

The face-off between the two stars is the highlight of the film. It is a delightful treat for all cinema lovers as it is hard to take your eyes off them.

Ileana looked drop dead gorgeous in an Indian avatar. The lady delivered a decent performance but gets overshadowed by Saurabh and Ajay. It is worthy to mention that the veteran actress, who played the role of Saurabh’s mother, gave many laughing moments to the audience.

Raid is undoubtedly based on the momentous issue but it has many light moments that will keep you hooked.

The movie has two melodious songs Sanu Ek Pal Chain and Nit Khair Manga that showcased Ajay and Ileana’s beautiful chemistry. Rahat Fateh Ali Khan’s soothing voice spells magic.

The film is well written. Director Raj Kumar Gupta’s work is praise-worthy but in this time when films are filled with wow moments and surprises, Raid misses a point here. Dialogues play a very important role as it stays with people even after they leave the theatre. Here Ritesh Shah does his job wonderfully. There are some amazing one-liners that will surely want you to whistle and clap.

Corruption is one of the biggest challenges that India is facing today, still, we are hopeful that things will change and someone will take action against black money hoarders. With few loopholes but shining performances, Raid deserves a watch.