Raees a story set in the late 1980’s in the liquor prohibited state of Gujarat. Raees who lives with his mother in Fathepur lives among community which manufactures hooch and banded liquor. Raees and his close friend Sadiq join the liquor trade business under Jairaj Seth (Atul Kulkarni) who trades branded liquor. Under Jairaj, Raees learns his trade and thinks of starting his own business. With initial hiccups Raees slowly rises in the business and grows huge , which brings him into the radar of Jaideep Majumdar (Nawazuddin Siddique) an incorruptible cop who makes it point to bring down Raees’s empire. What happens next is the rest of the story.
Raees starts of well and with Shar rukh khan’s screen presence and performance the film is elevated high, but the plot is very predictable and filled with very few scenes with interest to the audience. Nawazuddin Siddique has his own screen space which highlights the film and keeps us engaged. Mohammad Zeeshan Ayub as Sadiq and Mahira Khan as Raees’s wife Mohsina give a decent performance. Song are well made, but placed randomly creating a slight turbulence. Credit should be given to the production design as the era beautifully was created, which enhanced the story. Raees though moves sluggishly in the second half, would still bring glory. I give it 5/10