Spell Bound Performance by Nawazuddin Siddiqui Makes the Film a worthy watch
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.
As said, the film is based on the life of a serial killer Raman Raghav who in his lifespan killed 41 people who lived on the streets of Bombay or found in the slum areas. He used a usual steel rod in order to kill people and smash their heads. In the sixties he was captured by Mumbai police and later confessed before the judge of Bombay High Court. He was given the death sentence but it got changed into life imprisonment after defense pleaded the court that he is mentally incapable of making any conscious decision hence failed to know about the things he is doing. Of course, the film is made with lots of spine and masala in it simply to increase its entertainment value, however, how much extent did the filmmakers were able to do over the silver screen is an interesting thing to do.
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.
Nawazuddin Siddiqui while playing the character of Raman has gone out of the way to showcase oen of the best performance over silver screen. He has left no stone unturned to showcases the man with iron killing innocent men with unblinking intensity. Once again he proves himself to be an actor of great diversity and versatility. That’s been his power and dexterity, which keep him moving up in his success ladder. On the other side, the cop played by Vicky Kaushal too is impressive. The Masaan actor has tried to infuse his character of a typical police office character who has a lust for women and drugs. However, he fails to overshadow Siddiqui. Others in different roles were okay.
Direction, Music and other elements
Anurag Kashyap is an able director; he goes out of the way to make films carrying out loads of research to shape his characters realistic and par with the requirements of the script. Now, if we look at the direction element, his efforts to showcase a character similar to Raman come out to be successful. He has skillfully shaped him in a modern day murder taking the man from sixties to the real timeline. The other elements in the film like music, screenplay and editing all work fine and similar are the story with photography, which plays a vital role in this film to keep it very much presentable before the niche audience, who would be catching up the film.
Raman Raghav 2.0 Last Word
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