Raghav Raman 2.0
RAGHAV RAMAN 2.0 REVIEW/Â
41 people bludgeoned to death, dreadful nights in fear, making the blood run cold at the brutal killings in the dark hours of the night. When a suspicious psychopathic killer ambulates liberally on the streets of Mumbai with the least fear of the law with sheer contentment and bliss to kill while he feigns innocence, you canâ€™t be sure you in your confined walls of your home are anywhere close to safe and sound.Â
Terrorising the wits out of people, Raghav Raman, alias â€˜Sindhi Dalwaiâ€™ was Indiaâ€™s most dreaded, horrifying killer scaring the daylights of people. Well, Raman (Nawazuddin Siddiqui) idealizes him and generates his inspirations from this real life criminal. He is also shown patronizing another lead character â€œRaghavâ€™ (Vicky Kaushal) a coke sniffing cop in whom he finds affinity. Quite interestingly, from â€˜the Man who knew infinityâ€™ to â€˜Mary Komâ€™, I have watched more than a dozen biopics and movies inspired by the legendary lives of the greatest and awe-inspiring personalities of the world who made the difference with the way they served the people. Little did I know, sooner or later, would there be a movie in the memory of the most ruthless, petrifying and terrorizing murderer of India-Raghav Raman whose mere reminiscence increases the adrenalin rush and bring jitters in the mind of the audience. ÂÂ
The movie â€˜Raghav Raman 2.0â€™ is a murder mystery, unravelling the mind-set of a serial killer Raman who saw himself as the alter ego of Raghav Raman and quite interestingly, drew inspiration from him.Â
Never could you see â€˜Ramanâ€™ the movieâ€™s antagonist shying away from the fact that he is killing people. He takes pride in manslaughter, never twitching his eyes for a moment and shows no remorse to his actions, but finds pride in his doings. He has an unshakeable firm belief which he puts forth in his argument about the fact that what he did was nothing less than what police are authorized to do while the only contrast lied in the fact that the police do it in disguise under their uniform and he does it unabashedly on the streets, other than his stance that he was nothing, but an aid to Yamraj. The personification of the Yamrajâ€™s messenger or the killer is very appropriately done by Nawazuddin by always showing him dragging a long car jack behind him as if it is a tool for soul emancipation.Â
While I read somewhere about Raghav Raman 2.0 to be one of the most romantic films made by Anurag Kashyap, it felt rather queer, but the depiction of two lead roles played by Nawazuddin, the killer and Vicky Kaushal a tainted, drug sniffing Police Officer is spot on to the figment of imagination of Anurag Kashyap as it discerningly showed Nawazuddin (Raman) as an ardent follower of the police officer, Vicky Kaushal (Raghav).Â
Strangely, Nawazuddinâ€™s character, namely Raman, is very aptly portrayed being fascinated by Raghav, from the very first scene when Raghav goes on to kill a stranger in cold blood to safeguard himself. Raman finds an abstract bonding in the deviant cop, and from thereon he follows him for whatever he does. It depicts a true fellowship and a twisted idealisation. The viewers are captivated by this follow of affiliation which Kashyap is trying to convey as a romanticÂ allegiance.
The spine-chilling and captivating performance of the antagonist Raman with a gleam in his eyes, a long scar running down his forehead, calling himself a fox can be experienced from the veryÂ firstÂ scene.
The humour in this Phantom film lies when he shows his love for his chicken dish overpowering his affection for his sister. The sound of the bent rod of metal against the ground conjecturing his next victim gives you jitters for it is difficult to fathom the extent of lunacy of the character.
Its acting par excellence giving so much exuberance to the actorâ€™s profuse portrayal of character that you emote for Raman when heâ€™s being pursued by cops in a slum. One gets carried away with the unpretentious innocence when he fails to make some basic calculations. The surprising element of the movie was how our lead character captivates the viewers when he narrates his crimes and finds pride in his acts. He confesses to his crime to strangers and even Police but no one is ready to believe him to be the criminal. The honest depiction of such characterisation by Nawazuddin speaks volume for his acting skills. His portrayal of a demented killer is the only reason that one can watch this film ignoring the gory acts of the killer.Â
Kaushal did his best to catch up to his co-starâ€™s talent, but failing head-on to turn Raghav into an equivalently captivating protagonist. He has quite a presence, but his performance as a corrupt cop had some hollowness and lacked the captivating execution.Â
While Phantom Productions could raise the bar to quintessential movies like Masaan, Udta Punjab, NH10 or Gangs of Wasseypur for that matter, Raghav Raman couldnâ€™t really manage to add a feather in its cap. It shows a drug- sniffing police officer who does all he can to have things against him for he has done what law sees as an offence. While you see a Raman in the movie, you also watch his unending quest for his Raghav for the two, once together can make Raghav Raman come alive. It isnâ€™t a delightful watch as it couldnâ€™t manage to bring forth anything unique to the table but a psychopath on hunt. It might get some people to witness the sadistic pleasures of Raman for the deceased, but it doesnâ€™t account for an extraordinary movie.Â
While my review doesnâ€™t count much good for the story, I canâ€™t keep away from mentioning about Nawazuddin 'the scarred man' as he shows himself to be on screen in this movie. It is nowhere short of a splendid performance in his sachet of his movies.Â
The protagonist (Vicky Kaushal) has done a decent work, nothing extraordinary to count the blue in the red blood. In all, the movie has been an average watch except for the timeless performance of Nawazuddin Siddique.Â
IÂ wouldÂ give
3.5 Stars to Anurag Kashyap for his prodigious Direction and
4.5 Stars to Nawazuddin Siddique for his tremendous portrayal of a psychopath.