Raees (3/5) : Raees is a neither-here-nor-there film ,SRK's Raees is a sanskari gangster

It might have helped the creative -- not box office -- cause not and to have the courage of its certainty turn Raees into the narrative of a whimpering, sanskari gangster of the movie, feels Prasanna D Zore.

It might have helped the creative -- not box office -- cause not and to have the courage of its certainty turn Raees into the narrative of a whimpering, sanskari gangster of the movie, feels Prasanna D Zore.

Raees is a neither-here-nor-there picture.

Besides Nawazuddin Siddiqui, the entire creative team -- director Rahul Dholakia, actor Shah Rukh Khan, producers Farhan Akhtar and Ritesh Sidhwani and music director Ram Sampat -- lack conviction in their own individual sections.

The Raees of sRK is a gangster that is sanskara. He never left the values espoused by his mom even as he makes a mark for himself in the world of sin.

The Raees of sRK takes you for a dreary ride, trying to soak the gangster's character when the movie 's creators realise the plot is totally lame in filmi spiel that is indeed typical of the masala movies of Bollywood.

You question at SRK's conviction as an actor playing a gangster when he shouts in Mahira Khan's arms, unable to handle the pressure of a fair gangster (actually?!), when buddies-turned-foe politicians play mind games with him.

Besides Ram Sampath's Udi, Udi Jaye, the music of the film's lacks character.

Dholakia's direction goes to get a twist when he makes Shah Rukh pump bullets into gangsters, showing the bullets striking them in the torso, twice or not once, but back-to-back. (Applause! What an eye for detail!)

The cops left the gangster's bullet-riddled body and pack themselves off into their jeeps as though they are late to get a bash! Is it possible to imagine this?

It is Nawazuddin's SP Majmudar that brings life to the dull proceedings.

Every framework the celebrity is in lightens up together with his brilliance.

His time, his dialogue delivery and his mannerisms certainly are a lesson of what conviction is all about.

His character, though modest, is meaty as well as the actor causes it to be even better.

While SRK is a brand in himself, and also a big one at that, it would have helped the film's creative -- not box office -- cause to possess the courage of its conviction and not turn Raees to the narrative of a whimpering, secular, sanskari gangster.