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  • ...is a sure-shot hit. To state that SRK is sensational would be an understatement.

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  • ...fine performance this is by Shah Rukh Khan — possibly a career best. And what a fine, fine film this is by Rahul Dholakia. Its triumph is that it brings the best of ‘Bollywood’ — the sheer entertainment and glamour and scale of it — to a gripping story.

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  • The movie can feel a bit long, but if you’re going for a great Shah Rukh performance and some good ol’ popcorn-entertainment, it might just ‘raees’ to the occasion.

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  • ...this is intelligent filmmaking in the service of a been-there-seen-that story with risky overtones.

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  • Crime drama from the 80s, songs like they are from the 90s, slickness and style from the 00s. And story like a thriller should be written.

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  • ...serves up every thrill and spill you’d expect from a commercial masala movie. While the story and ideas aren’t all new or refreshing, Raees’ big play comes from its nostalgic treatment.

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  • It's a welcome turn for Shah Rukh into an action hero and a great platform for the ever cool Nawazuddin Siddiqui.

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  • Sure, we'd love to see SRK attempt his own version of a Pablo Escobar. For now, Raees will certainly do.

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  • Quite like Big B’s Vijay, Raees is anti-establishment, an outlaw and also a Robin Hood figure...

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  • ...the two principal actors make Raees rather easy to watch.

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  • The best way to enjoy Raees then is to manage expectations first. This is an uneven film. In places, you will applaud and whistle. But you might also find yourself utterly exhausted.

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  • As a throwback to those thrilling gangster films from the 70s, many starring Amitabh Bachchan and scripted by Salim-Javed, Raees delivers ample bang for your buck.

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  • SRK’s ardent fans have endured the actor’s terrible film choices for long. It’s about time they wake up and bite into the red chilly.

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  • ...takes you for a boring ride, trying to soak the gangster's character in filmi spiel that is so typical of Bollywood's masala films when the film's creators realise that the plot is absolutely lame.

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  • ...is overstretched and too much in thrall to the Indian gangster movie formula, but Dholakia does try to use the past to comment on the present.

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  • And that’s where the film gets stuck, between the two stools of restraint and full blown tamasha...

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  • Shah Rukh Khan is at the top of his game and he is seen trying very hard. His entry and scenes with Nawaj are stand out. But all his efforts turn waste because his character Raees fails to get the sympathy of the audience especially during the final reels.

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  • ...because Khan holds so much in reserve, Raees remains a cipher. To borrow an old theatrical aphorism, he plays the king as if afraid someone else might play the ace.

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  • The biggest failing of the film is the story.

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  • The first half of Raees is supremely interesting and filled with promise. Besides, Shah Rukh Khan is a joy to watch in this new, exploratory innings of his career. The second half lets him down though. Style trumping substance is rarely a good thing for a film.

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  • If you are seeking a plot with enough twists then you will be disappointed. It’s just the run-of-the-mill ‘chor-police’ chase, which you must have seen infinite times in the past.

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  • ...the problem is fundamental: the writing is shoddy and unoriginal.

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  • Is it possible to make a relatively “realistic” masala movie? The lines don’t have the punch they should, and the Old Bollywood scenes are an embarrassment.

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