Running for almost three long hours, ‘Raeez’ is a grim, and yet mostly mindless gangster flick that does not leave you breathless. Appearing puffy and trite by turns, it pushes in all the gangster chestnuts in a rather bloated package.
Ecstasy gives way to an odd emotion that almost borders on the uncertain, when the protagonist in ‘Raeez’ is informed of an impending new arrival in his family, and is almost immediately assigned a task to bump someone off the line. This conflicting temperament is what marks the psyche of don that we get to see in the film, but the dazzling sparkle here and there that one gets to witness in Shahrukh Khan’s ‘Raeez’ does seem too few and very far in between.
Rahul Dholakia’s film seems to be in a no compromise mood, and sets its story in Gujarat. It tells us the rise, fall and rise of Raeez (Shahruk Khan), a Muslim gangster, who would stop at nothing, until he get to pull that mighty throne right towards him and majestically recline on it once and for all. This isn’t an undemanding ride for him, and the blood that is spattered all across an eventful life, makes him want to mull over it time and again.