One of the movies releasing this Friday is Raman Raghav 2.0, which is a thriller film directed by the known filmmaker – Anurag Kashyap. The film is based on the life of a notorious serial called Raman Raghav who was among the biggest psychopaths of sixties in Bombay city. His character is played by Nawazuddin Siddiqui while Vicky Kaushal plays the character of a cop in the movie. This man has killed more than 40 people, however, to portray the character of this monster can be a difficult job to do, yet Anurag Kashyap has tried to showcase it over the silver screen.
The film has managed to get rave reviews after being screened at Cannes Film Festival. The film is produced and directed by Anurag Kashyap under the banner of Phantom Films.
With psycho man as the main lead of the film, Kashyap has squarely be backing the Indian specific territory with a thriller that can be accessed easily to the non-Indian viewers as well. And as you find the movie flirting the hard genre trappings, which is implied by the title, Kashyap is seen very much careful in order to keep the physical carnage off screen. On the other hand the director has been smart enough to keep the film simple showcasing how the man with rot in his head can kill people on the streets making it at the modern day Mumbai rather than showcasing the man of sixties.
In a sense the director has simply copied the character of sixties and ended up successfully portraying a man post 2010. To make things interesting adding up spice is a mandatory job to do. Thus adding a cop who happens to be a womanizer and lives amidst drugs is this pretext. Overall, Kashyap has tried to portray the notorious character on screen but adding up a right mix of spices to keep the interest of the audience alive.
In a sense the film has managed to present the modern version of the notorious serial killer of sixties, hence giving such a title to his film really suits a lot. And talking about the performances, you give any opportunity to Nawazuddin Siddiqui to play any character and every time, he proves his worth on the silver screen and Raman Raghav is no exception. The overall the movie is less entertaining and more educating about the theme and ways the films are made, which gives a better rating.
Rating – 3.5