SRK and Nawazuddin pack in “Raees” trailer menacing
“Jo dhandhe ke liye sahi woh sahi. Jo dhandhe ke liye galat woh galat. Isse zyaada kabhi socha nahi” (Whatever is good for business is good, and whatever is bad for business is bad. I don’t think beyond this). Shah Rukh Khan’s deep voiceover as Raees Alam, an 80s bootlegger in Ahmedabad, works to its fullest range in the trailer of this semi-biopic.
Although the producers have denied it, the movie is supposedly based on the life of don Abdul Latif. It will hit the screens on January 25, 2017, and the trailer was worth the wait.
Filmfare award-winning cinematographer K U Mohanan’s camera shows glimpses of boats doing their dirty business off Gujarat’s coast. There is a spectacular overhead shot of a road roller crushing liquor bottles meticulously arranged in a grid which is guaranteed to give nightmares to people with OCD.
Nawazuddin Siddiqui is sharing screen space with SRK for the very first time. If you thought that would set your film adrenaline rushing, wait till you get to the point where Atul Kulkarni exchanges metaphorical pleasantries with King Khan.
SRK’s bearded style looks menacing, all the more so when he glares through kohllined eyes. There are unabashed theatricals like SRK coming out of a smokescreen coolly as a fight ensues in the background, and overthe-top dialogues like “Gujarat ki hawa mein vyapar hai sahib. Meri saans toh rokhoge, lekhin iss hawa ko kaise rokhoge? All these have their desired effects.
Raees Alam’s love interest is essayed by Pakistani actor Mahira Khan, whose nationality briefly got the film into trouble not so long ago. And there’s Sunny Leone doing the obligatory item number, which seems to be a remix of Kalyanji-Anandji’s ‘Laila Mein Laila’ from the yester years hit Qurbani, and is interspersed between a lot of bling and bang. Raees is set to release on 25th Janjuary 2017 alongwith Hrithik Roshan starrer “Kaabil’.
Report by: K V Raman
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