‘Raees’ Review: SRK Does SRK, Twitter Sings Praise

Posted by Youth Ki Awaaz in Culture-Vulture
January 25, 2017

Anticipation for Shah Rukh Khan’s “Raees” had been building up steadily ever since the release of the first teaser in July 2015, and exploded with the release of the official trailer late last year. SRK’s turn as a Gujarati gangster seemed to hearken back to the violent, gritty, and often absurd Bollywood crime dramas of yore, and promised to be a return to more crowd-pleasing fare for the superstar following 2016’s somewhat more subdued “Fan”. The film also got embroiled in its fair share of controversy, primarily due to the presence of Pakistani actor Mahira Khan (who plays the female lead).

The wait is finally over, and if the overwhelming praise for the film on Twitter is anything to go by, it may just have been worth it – if only for the performances of the leads. The Rahul Dholakia directed film released today, on the same day as Hrithik Roshan vehicle “Kaabil”, and while the latter film has also garnered a strong reception, there’s little doubt which superstar is coming out on top in this fight – at least on Twitter.

Take a look:

Critics enjoyed the nostalgia trip, as well as the performances:

Especially the performances:

Of course, not everyone was as enthusiastic:

And this Twitter user raised a disturbing and valid point:

Given the controversy leading up to the film, one wonders what this signifies.