The story revolves around Nawazuddin Siddiqui who plays the killer and Vicky Kaushal who is the drug addicted cop that chases him.
Nawazuddin Siddiqui's psycho thriller Raman Raghav 2.0 releases tomorrow, the trailer of which had left a deep impact on us. It was spine chilling. Naturally, same was expected of the film. Could it deliver on its promise? Yes, but in bits and pieces!
What's it about
Raman Raghav as the name suggests is Anurag Kashyap's take on the mass murders that happened in the mid 90s at the hands of serial killer who operated under this name. The story revolves around Nawazuddin Siddiqui who plays the killer and Vicky Kaushal who is the drug addicted cop that chases him. It is a typical Kashyap fare with his stamp all over it. The camera work, lighting of the frames, writing and background score all scream out Kashyap. The first half holds your interest as you watch Nawaz unravel and show his dark side through his various killings. Soon we realise that the main character in the film isn't Nawaz but the plot somehow takes us deep inside Vickey's mind. His character is better developed and more interesting than Nawaz. The cat and mouse game has some smart dialogues and the pace is uneven yet you want to stay with Nawaz and his psycho act.
There is ample scope for both Nawaz and Vicky to excel in their performances. Nawaz is his usual good, his eyes and eerie smile will spook the day lights out of you. The ease and candour with which he carries out these killings is remarkable. His scenes with his sister will have you on the edge of your seat. Vicky matches Nawaz's madness with his act. His breakdown scene with his father is superb. Here's an actor who doesn't hold back and is hungry for roles like these. I also liked the club thumping background score that gives the film a psychedelic feel.
Kashyap is confused about the film he wants to make. Is the film about the serial killer? But then the start credits say that the film is not about the murderer, so then is it about the cop and his backstory? These questions are never answered. The first half holds your interest for a bit, but once the pace slackens you will be left twiddling your thumbs. There are very few light moments that provide relief. Vickey's drugged out cop act too isn't well explained. Where is his angst coming from? By the time you reach the climax that leaves you high and dry, there is very little that stays with you as you leave the theatre. Perhaps had the focus stayed on Nawaz's character we could have got a better film.
What to do
Watch it for Nawaz and Vicky's jugalbandi act, but don't go expecting a tight murder drama.
2.5 out of 5
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