Raman Raghav 2.0 REVIEW:
Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Vicky Kushal in #AnuragKashyap trademark film Raman Raghav 2.0 which revolves around the mass murders that took place in the mid 90s at the hands of serial killer who operated under the name, Raman Raghav played by Nawazuddin Siddiqui.
This film is based on the notorious psychopath serial killer Raman Raghav. It was during mid-1960s that a series of murders happened in the suburbs of Mumbai. The murders were committed using a hard, blunt object. The murderer Raman Raghav was caught by Police, who confessed about his crime of 41 murders. He was sentenced to death penalty, though later the death sentence was forgiven and he was sentenced to life imprisonment. Anurag Kashyap has not tried to make a biopic on Raman Raghav. His character is shaped on Raman Raghav. It is a dark film. Anurag Kashyap has indeed made dark films in the past and with this latest one, it even gets darker. I can’t find entertainment elements in such films, but that is my personal opinion.
Raman Raghav 2.0 STORY:
Vicky Kaushal is the drug addicted cop keeps chasing him. The movie has the stamp of Anurag Kashyap all over it as the camera work, lighting of the frames, writing and background score showcase the director’s specialty.
While the first half peeks your interest with Nawazuddin’s character unfolding and showing his dark side with his killings, the plot soon showcases the main character is to be the cop. Vicky’s character is better developed and the chasing game with smart dialogues, right pace makes it a really interesting watch.
Both Nawaz and Vicky excel in their performances. Nawazuddin is brilliant in his pschyo act and his expressions will spook the day lights out of you. The way he carries out the killings is remarkable yet upsetting. Vicky too matches the madness of Nawaz. The thumping background score leaves the viewers a psychedelic feel.
However, the plot is confusing as one can’t understand as to who the movie is about. While the introductory credits state the movie is not about the murderer, but is it about the cop is the question which goes unanswered. The pace slackens in the second half. Vickey’s drugged out cop act and his anger issues are not explained well.
The reach to the climax is a drag. The focus could have been more on Nawaz’s character which would have been much more interesting to the plot.
Raman Raghav 2.0 RATINGS:
1. Direction : 3.5/5
2. Music : 4/5
3. Story, Screenplay and Dialogues : 2.5/5
4. Cinematography : 4/5.
5. Production Quality : 3.5/5