Raid, Movie Review: Don't Wade... We Dissuade

What a let-down. What has come over Mr Gupta whose track record boasts of two taut movies? Raid goes downhill from the first reel!

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An honest income tax officer's wife, who is not told anything about his big operation and left asking---with no answers forthcoming even after the credit titles are over--- that who was his source of information, lands up at the exact place where he is conducting the raid! Aapki biwi jo hoon, she says rather proudly. Ileana D'cruz, the superheroine.

A few reels later, the officer bashes up some 20-25 men single-handedly simply because the director does not know how to end his over-ambitious venture. Ajay Devgn, the superhero.

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Ajay Devgn

Yes, Gupta who made the fabulous Aamir and No One Killed Jessica messes it up right from the first reel. The break after the disastrous Ghanchakkar has done him no good.

Raid is a big disappointment.

There is no tension built up in the raid conducted on Saurabh Shukla, who has given far better performances in his career. 

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Ajay Devgn And Ileana D'cruz

Gold biscuits keep falling from within the walls if you fire gun shots inside mortar and cement, and obviously there are no oohs and aahs. A famous political personality is blatantly shown from sides and back, but that still does not create any drama.

And mind you there is no suspense at all, but Gupta keeps hammering that it's going to be a big secret when he/she will be unmasked. It is crystal clear that who's the enemy within. 

ileana dcruz
Ileana D'cruz

There are no peaks and valleys, there are no twists and turns in the story, and as you settle down with your popcorn, you hope that the film will peak in the second half. But guess what! It ends so abruptly that you can clearly feel that Gupta didn't know what to do after a certain point.

Devgn is his usual restrained self and goes through the motions with the tough looks he so often gives.

ajay devgn and ileana dcruz
Ajay Devgn And Ileana D'cruz

D'cruz has very little to do except look pretty in a saree and bindi.

The supporting cast, reportedly taken from Lucknow Drama Academy, needs a refresher course in acting. Pronto-

saurabh shukla
Saurabh Shukla

There is really not much to write about. Raid is blah, and you keep asking yourself as you come down the escalator: Rajkumar Gupta, why have you started going wrong? Ajay Devgn, what made you take up this insipid role?

I am going with TWO-AND-HALF. It includes an extra half for the sincere Mr Devgn.





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