The battle continues on the weekend as well since the two hot-shot movies of this week namely Raees & Kaabil released a little early in the week. Obviously, the producers wanted to cash upon the Republic Day National Holiday. The controversy around the clash of release date of these two movies was already doing rounds with an upset Rakesh Roshan speaking to media about it loud and clear. But perhaps after so many years in the film the industry and being a filmmaker of many super hit films he ought to understand that ultimately it is the film that works!
Talking about Shahrukh Khan starrer RAEES first:
Last few years haven’t been really successful for SRK per say with all most of his films turning out flops one after the another. However, 2016 saw Shahrukh shedding his romantic hero image, shedding his cliched mannerism which had started to bore the audience and revisiting the TV actor side of self that came from Delhi to make it big in Hindi film industry. So we saw him in FAN, DEAR ZINDAGI & now in 2017 in & as RAEES with a kind of eager determination to win back the same love from the audience as before. Fan did a little business but it was not a blockbuster and in Dear Zindagi, Alia Bhat stole the limelight.
Raees isn’t really a true story but yes the actor has styled himself for this film taking inspiration from famous Gujarat’s underworld figure Abdul Latif. The story also seems to be inspired in some sorts from his life. Abdul Latif was the mastermind behind supplying the RDX for 1993 Mumbai blasts.
Talking about the film, opposite SRK in this film is a fresh face of noted Pakistani actress Mahira Khan. Both the actors have played their characters well. SRK especially has tried his level best to look Raees in the film and not Shahrukh Khan. Well, he has managed to do so by and large but still at some places his typical walking style etc. is seen. Nawazuddin Siddiqui is good but his role could have been given more boost.
The film is basically an action film and not made to be a biopic. There is SRK all over but a careful direction and editing have made sure that it doesn’t look overly done. The action sequences are good. Film pace could have been a little faster, though.
Talking about KAABIL which has Hritik Roshan & Yami Gautam as the lead pair.
The film is the home production of Hritik wherein Sanjay Gupta has directed the movie and music given by Rajesh Roshan. Two blind people get married but soon the wife gets raped by a local goon and his friend. This is when their lives take a usurp.
Kaabil is a pure revenge saga which has Hritik all over. The songs are good especially the dance song of Hritik & Yami is too good. Sadly the music of that song seems to be inspired. The retro song Sara zamana is already a hit. Jubin Nautiyal sung title track is also good.
The major flaw in this film is its pace. It is as slow as a snail. The story which is inspired by a foreign movie could have bee portrayed in a much better fashion considering Sanjay Gupta directing the film. It seems that Hritik is utterly kaabil of portraying physically-challenged kinds of roles. Rohit Roy & Ronit Roy do play an evil role convincingly but they are not really fierce.
Last thoughts on RAEES, I would say Shahrukh has started to choose his work seriously but till date, he is missing out somewhere or the other. Raees is a good one time watch. Action lovers will like this, however, SRK needs to dish out pathbreaking movies like Chak De and Swades to win back ardent fans like me!
To conclude on Kaabil, it is a film made on a sensitive issue where Hritik has acted well. Honestly, he looks brilliant in his stylish self like in the T-series Honey Sigh single Dheere dheere se. The young audience and his fans would love to see his films more often. But the slow-paced first half of this movie is a weak point.
So what’s your pick for this weekend?