Movie Review – Raman Raghav 2.0
It’s official; there is a new trend in Bollywood. Filmmakers don’t want to be accused of meddling with history or real life events so they conveniently set their films at a later period. Raman Raghav 2.0 is inspired by the infamous murders committed by psychopathic killer Raman Raghav. Only in the film ‘Raman’ and ‘Raghav’ are two different persons (Spoiler alert). Anurag Kashyap is back to his roots and he uses the mind of a serial killer to tell his dark, depressing and sadistic tale of the human urge to kill someone. The film gets unintentionally quirky and funny at times and that is when the best moments of the film unravel. Nawazuddin Siddiqui uplifts the film to extraordinary heights. It’s his performance which lends the element of ‘psycho’ to the narrative and it is clearly evident in the second chapter titled ‘The Sister’, which is also the best part of the film. You cannot help but laugh even at moments like when Nawazuddin kills his sister and her husband in front of their six year old son who is gagged and tied to a chair nearby. Dark humour at its best! Masaan breakout actor Vicky Kaushal plays a 2016 version of the angry young man; a coke snorting, hypersexual and diabolical cop. He oozes sex appeal with his rugged look and mannerisms. All those shots focusing on his crotch and torso area are not totally unintentional. Former Miss India Earth Sobhita Dhulipala has not much to offer except for sleeping with Vicky’s character and waiting to be a potential victim. However there is not much skin show involved and she emotes quite efficiently in whatever little scope she gets. One can easily guess the story from the trailer itself and to be frank there is hardly any surprises in the film. It is only towards the end when ‘Ramanna’ tells ‘Raghavan’, “pehli nazar main hi pyaar ho gaya tha” that the film makes an attempt to digress a bit and that is how you will remember the film. To each their own! Raman Raghav 2.0 is way better than Anurag Kashyap’s last directorial venture ‘Bombay Velvet’ but it lacks the sting of his other far superior films. Brownie points for Nawazuddin Siddiqui’s acting though.