Criticizing the prohibition of alcohol and illegal drugs in Gujarat, this film unfolds the story of a cruel and clever bootlegger, whose business is challenged by a tough cop.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
ACP Majmudar
Jairaj Seth
ACP Majmudar's Girlfriend
Hasan Ahmed ...
Abdul Ahad Asif ...
Raees's Mother
DCP Jai Kapoor
Mansi Jhingran ...
News Anchor
Kaizaad Kotwal ...
Mill Owner
Kasim Khan


The film is set in the early 80's and 90's in Gujarat. The fictitious story of a man who builds an empire in the state of Gujarat, the only state that still follows prohibition. It's a story about his rise and his relationships, which help him become the single most powerful man in the state. Written by RedChillies

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Baniye ka dimaag aur Miyanbhai ki daring.


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Release Date:

25 January 2017 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Богатей  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$1,798,379 (USA) (27 January 2017)


$3,262,954 (USA) (3 February 2017)

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2.35 : 1
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The film was originally supposed to release on Eid 2016, however, the release date was postponed to 25th January 2017. See more »


Raees falls down after he gets shot for the second time. But after the first gunshot, he is seen to have dirt on his face,before even falling on the ground. See more »


References Qurbani (1980) See more »


Lyrics by Mayur Puri
Composed by Aheer (JAM8), Team OmGrown
Sung by Mika Singh
Arranged by Parikshit Sharma
Guitars by Shon Pinto
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Despite Potential In Its Setting, The Narrative Isn't Arresting Enough!
11 April 2017 | by (India) – See all my reviews

'Raees' Directed by Rahul Dholakia is a well-shot, well-directed film, that sadly, doesn't have a strong enough Screenplay to be called an all-rounder Winner. Despite Potential In Its Setting, The Narrative Isn't Arresting Enough, because then Writing doesn't hold beyond a point.

'Raees' Synopsis: Criticizing the prohibition of alcohol, prostitution and illegal drugs in Gujarat, this film unfolds the story of a cruel and clever bootlegger Raees (Shahrukh Khan), whose business is challenged by a tough cop (Nawazuddin Siddiqui).

'Raees' is an uneven saga of a bad-ass. Raees is a fascinating leading man, who's tryst going against the law, has moments of power. And while the first-hour still works, in which Raees goes from being a nobody to the ultimate King in the world of illegal smuggling of Alcohol, despite being pitted against a tough cop who gets on his trial. The first-hour has a rustic, realistic feel to it & the confrontations between Raees & the Cop, are super.

Unfortunately, in its second-hour, 'Raees' goes haywire. The protagonist turns into a Robin-Hood for his people & his character suddenly comes across more as a Hero, than bad-ass who defies the law. And hence, the film falters. 'Raees' isn't a villain for sure, but to make him a messiah & take away his mean streak for the sake of a heroic end, looks forced & rather unconvincing. Also, the narrative get bloated up & the over-stuffing leads to underwhelming results. In short, 'Raees' has a good first-hour, but a really unconvincing second-hour.

Dholakia, Harit Mehta, Ashish Vashi & Niraj Shukla's Screenplay is half-baked. What starts off as a story of an anti-hero, suddenly turns into a heroic story, with very less feeling or depth. The Writing needed to be stronger, for sure. The Dialogue, however, are excellent. Dholakia's Direction is good. How one wishes if his Writing was as good! Cinematography captures the rustic feel, skillfully. Editing isn't sharp enough. The second-hour is overlong & needed some trimming. Ram Sampath's Score is well-done. Action-Sequences are ordinary. Art & Costume Design are fair.

Performance-Wise: Shahrukh Khan as Raees, looks the part & even gives his best. But he shines only in the first-hour. Post-Interval, just like his character, his performance doesn't arrest your attention. But its Nawazuddin Siddiqui who steals the show. As the tough cop who'd stop at nothing to get Raees behind bars, Nawaz chews on the scenery & delivers a flat-out brilliant performance from start to end. Also, his introduction sequence, where he disguises as the Late/Great Michael Jackson, is simply terrific. The confrontations between Shahrukh & Nawaz, as mentioned before, are the high-point of the enterprise.

On the whole, 'Raees' works in parts, not entirely.

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