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‘Raid’: A one-dimensional tale that hinges on a weak plot

Overall, with a tinge of patriotism, Raid is a film that gives an insight into how corrupt our country is

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Ajay Devgn's Raid is worth a watch. Wikimedia Commons
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  • Raid released this Friday and is directed by Raj Kumar Gupta
  • The movie stars Ajay Devgn, Saurabh Shukla, Ileana D’Cruz, Gayathri Iyer, Ajay Singh and Amit Sial
  • The movie gives an insight into the corruption going on in the country

Of late, there has been a string of films inspired by true events. The latest to join the list is Director Raj Kumar Gupta’s “Raid”.

Designed to glorify the unsung heroes namely the Income Tax officers who work to make the Indian economy run smoothly, the film portrays one such officer Amay Patnaik (Ajay Devgn). How he relentlessly and honestly goes about his duty ensuring that the government gets its due from defaulting tax-payers, forms the crux of the tale.

Actress Ileana D'Cruz
The movie also stars Ileana D’Cruz . Wikimedia Commons

The story written by Ritesh Shah is set in the early 1980s. It is a laboured, one dimensional tale which involves the incorruptible and fearless Amay who after getting tipped by a secret source, raids the premises of the well-connected business tycoon and the most powerful man in Lucknow – Rameshwar Singh aka Tauji (Saurabh Shukla). The raid spans over a couple of days with Rameshwar trying to use all his clout to put a spanner into the proceedings.

While the message against corruption is strong, the plot pivoting around just one case, seems stretched with verbal deliberations and one-upmanship between the hero and the antagonists and overtones of romance and concern between the hero and his wife Malini (Ileana D’Cruz).

Also, the Raid, which is a battle against evil – read corruption, seems to have a diluted effect, not because mythology is dragged into the dialogues, but because Tauji was actually ignorant of how, “so much black money was stacked in his own house”. This is definitely a sore point in the plot. It diminishes the aura of the antagonist and thereby plummets the film notches down the relatability grade.

While the first half of the film is engrossing, the second half turns into a comic exposure of serious events.

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Ajay Devgn with his intense look and no-nonsense demeanour slips into IT officer Amay Patnaik’s boots effortlessly. He displays his righteousness and sincerity with equal ease, but does nothing to elevate his performance. He is his usual self and we have seen him perform such roles in numerable films earlier. He is aptly paired with Ileana as his concerned and courageous wife. She hardly has anything to offer in terms of histrionics.

Saurabh Shukla as the chief antagonist is in top form. He delivers with all sincerity. But what elevates his performance is the support he gets from the cast who plays his extended family. Each character has their moment of on-screen glory, but the best is his octogenarian mother who is charming with her bluntness. She steals the show from all of them.

On the production front, the film is well-mounted except that in certain scenes, the lighting seems to be an issue. The frames were too dark to enjoy the visuals. While Amish Trivedi and Tanishk Bagchi’s background score has the right timbre for the drama, the songs in the film are an aberration in the narrative. They break the momentum of its intensity.

Overall, with a tinge of patriotism, Raid is a film that gives an insight into how corrupt our country is. IANS

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Jacqueline turns nutritionist for her MMA team

Super Fight League, a mixed martial arts tournament, promoted by Bill Dosanjh and British professional boxer Amir Khan

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Actress Jacqueline Fernandez, Wikimedia
  • Jacqueline Fernandez is giving nutrition advice to her MMA team
  • She is very particular about the diet of her team
  • According to her in MMA weight matters a lot

Bollywood actress Jacqueline Fernandez has been giving nutrition advice to her Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) team Delhi Heroes for the grand finale of the “MTV Super Fight League” They will battle it out against Salim Suleiman’s team UP Nawabs.

Jacqueline Fernandez
Jacqueline turns nutritionist for her MMA team. ians

“Nutrition plays a very important role when you’re an MMA fighter and now that we are in the finals, this is a huge aspect. We curated a special diet called the 7 Day Miracle Diet since a lot of the Indian MMA fighters lack nourishment,” Jacqueline said in a statement.

“There’s a lot of focus on carbohydrates, nitrate-rich liquids and proteins. MMA is a sport that competes based on weight and fighters are always in a catabolic state. It’s really tough to make strength, endurance and power goals if they aren’t getting enough calories.

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“But if an MMA fighter isn’t the right weight, he doesn’t fight so a lot of focus on personal discipline as well to ensure there aren’t many cheat days,” she added. The finale of the mixed martial arts tournament will be held on Saturday.

Super Fight League is a mixed martial arts tournament of which Jacqueline is a part.

Super Fight League, a mixed martial arts tournament, promoted by Bill Dosanjh and British professional boxer Amir Khan, has seen celebrity support from co-owners like Ajay Devgn, Randeep Hooda, Jacqueline, Arbaaz Khan and Tiger Shroff. Season two of the league started on February 9, and the finale will be held at the MTV SFL Arena, Famous Studios. IANS