Raman Raghav 2.0: Anurag Kashyap’s Portrayal of Raman Raghav Is An Acting Masterclass

Starring: Nawazuddin Siddiqui (Ramanna), Vicky Kaushal (Raghavan), Sobhita Dhulipala(Simmy)

Director: Anurag Kahyap

Music: Ram Sampath

Cinematography: Jay Oza

Despite his last action thriller, Ugly going unnoticed and unappreciated, director Anurag Kashyap seems have pumped in all his thrill creativity in his latest Raman Ragahv 2.0. Already making waves since being applauded at the Cannes Film Festival earlier this year, the movie had already set the bar of a master class and goes onto live up to it. Based upon the Psycho killer of mid 1960’s, Raman Raghav is not only a dark, all evil and treacherous thriller but also an acting stellar.

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Playing the role of the psycho killer, Raman, Nawazuddin Siddiqui once again goes on to prove his mettle as he steps back into his niche of the bad guy roles. He manages to pull of the immensely serious role with sheer brilliance once again reminding us of his brilliant roles in Gangs Of Wasseypur, Kahaani, Kick and Badlapur. Vicky Kaushal, after an award winning debut in Masaan, plays the role of a cocaine snorting cop and gives stiff competition to his co actor. The combination may sound weary, but their on screen aura deserves much more than a standing ovation.

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As his style has been over the years, Mr. Kashyap takes the first 15 to 20 minutes in letting his characters set the stage and once they do, the ride picks up speed. If judged as a thriller, Raman Ragahav 2.0 is at par with the other famous Indian thrillers like Darr, No Smoking, Kaun, A Wednesday, etc. Despite being a smooth ride on the highway, the journey is too long and has a few bumps. At one point of time Anurag Kashyap gets so busy creating chaos and bloodshed that you may be feel the urge to bathe once you go home. When we talk Bollywood, music automatically comes into the picture. Ram Sampath’s tunes paint the picture even more dark and evil, which makes the movie even more appealing and interesting.

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Acting, thrill, music and the element of surprise, Anurag Kashyap has all ingredients added to his dish. Despite some unwanted and excess thrill, the film is bold, dark and well presented. So if you have already seen last week’s release Udta Punjab, Raman Raghav 2.0 is impressive and worth watching.

My Rating: 3.5/5

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